In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge form and conventions of real media products?
In what ways does yourmedia product use,develop or challenge formand conventions of realmedia products?
Through research, I discovered that there was a group ofexpected conventions for horror films, a few examples being:• Isolated locations e.g. – woods, graveyards• Domestic locations• Violent iconography e.g. - weapons, blood, corpses, red, black• A subgenre of horror – psychological, slasher and paranormal• Stereotypical themes e.g. – murder, kidnap, isolation, religion,serial killings• Typical sounds/noises e.g. – screams, footsteps, heavybreathing, manic laughing• Suspenseful/ Jumpy Soundtrack• Common characters e.g. – male protagonist, male humanantagonist, male non-human antagonist, female victim, malelaw enforcers• Dim lighting
• Our group decided that we wanted to stick to as many of thetypical conventions for a horror film as possible.• We decided to go with the subgenre of psychological horroras filming a slasher or paranormal horror film would provevery difficult. To keep to this subgenre we created a narrativethat showed our protagonist walking in a deserted woodalone not realising until last minute that she is being followedby our antagonist. This keeps to the conventions of apsychological horror film as it makes the audience jumpy and‘keeps them on their toes’ as they don’t know when theantagonist will appear next.• The setting for our opening sequence is in a deserted wood sothe protagonist appears isolated and the audience can seethat there is no one around that can help her.
• Our protagonist is dressed in typical teenage girl’s clothes thatwould be seen as common in society today whereas ourantagonist is wearing an outfit of all black, has porcelain whiteskin, dark black sunken eyes and blood smeared around hermouth which connotes that she is a non-human antagonist.• At the end of the opening sequence, the screen goes blackand there is a scream, this could connote to two stereotypicalthemes in horror films – kidnap as the antagonist could havekidnapped the protagonist, or murder.• We use many stereotypical sounds in our opening sequenceincluding diegetic sounds such as screams and heavybreathing made by our characters and non-diegetic soundssuch as the suspenseful soundtrack in the background of theopening sequence. This soundtrack adds to the effect of apsychological horror film as it makes the audience jump andconstantly keeps them in suspense.
• One convention of a horror film that our openingsequence does challenge is the gender of both ourprotagonist and antagonist. Commonly in horror films,both these characters are represented by the malegender as society has the stereotypical view that malesare more powerful and intelligent as so would knowhow to either get out of a dangerous situation orcreate one. By using females for our antagonist we areshowing that women too can be strong and aggressiveand this may too attract more of a female audience ashorror films typically attract a male dominatedaudience.
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