1. In what ways does your mediaproduct use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
• ‘I Can See You’ follows typical sub-genre conventions of the thriller theme.• Within the teaser trailer we have tried to use fast cuts with a variety of shots to convey the ‘stalking’ plot. In particular, POV shots follow what the stalker can see. The leaves from branches in front of the camera make the shot more realistic, the stalker is avoiding from being seen by the female protagonist.
POV shot from the villain, peeking through at the female protagonistContrast darkened but the green leaves from plant look emphasised, which highlightswhat the stalker is hiding behind and that they are actually trying not to be seen.
• Most shots were filmed during the day time and natural sunlight, as this was the only time we could film. In actual trailer’s they have the availabilities to film whenever, specifically horror films filming at night – a genre convention. To make the shots within our teaser trailer appear more authentic that they were filmed in dark light, we decreased the contrast and saturation on iMovie and Photoshop (film poster and magazine image) to do this.
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• Following typical horror and thriller conventions within film it can always been seen and a key element within the plot line there is a protagonist (hero-like figure, the ‘good guy’) and an antagonist (the villain). This is a factor that we wanted to utilise within ‘I Can See You’ as it is a plot function that interests the audience and never fails to be successful.
• With many horror films, the aspect of gore is a main attribute but as we wanted to mix the horror and thriller genres together we decided that our teaser trailer show the thrilling element of the film. We decided upon the ‘stalking’ and ‘obsession’ theme from the thriller genre as it symbolises realism, as it can and has happened within reality. Our antagonist within the trailer never reveals their face and is seen hooded to remove any identity which often appears in films with the same genre. Within our film we have decided that the ‘stalker’ will never be found out. Stalker’s like within ‘The Roomate’ (2011) are visible and known to the spectator and this loses a sense of realism, shock and fear which we didn’t want to do with our teaser trailer.
• When we began developing the teaser trailer within iMovie it was important for us to make sure that the genre of the film was prominent and not obscure to the spectator. Our editing pace had to be increased as this is what we found features in horror trailers, this is important because production companies often reveal the most interesting scenes of the film (the action) as this is what the audience will need to see to become engaged and want to watch the film at the cinema. Making the scenes appear fast in the trailer makes the film appear more intriguing to the audience and can entice them to watch it.
• Location is an important part of the filming process and especially our chosen genre. The location can emphasise the fear aspect. For example, we have one seen within our teaser trailer that what filmed in a subway, it was isolated at the time and was the perfect surrounding to suit the conventions we needed for the trailer.
• In many films where there is seen to be a protagonist and an antagonist, the protagonist is given the POV (point-of-view) shots as the audience then will know who’s side that they should be on, and they can also see what their ‘hero’ is seeing from their perspective. We challenged this and used POV shots from the antagonist. The audience therefore seeing what the ‘bad guy’ is seeing, and often when shown in the teaser trailer the antagonist is often stalking the female. The spectator could feel apprehension from knowing that they are virtually in the shoes of the stalker, but it can add fear and emphasise more of a thrill as the audience know that the protagonist is being watched but they can’t help her.