How are Conventions ofyour film like real Thrillers? By Charlotte Omo-Edoh
Introduction In this presentation I will be explaining how our film “Surveillance” corresponds with normal Thriller films that we watch in Cinemas, DVDs etc. In this presentation I will be adding images of specific scenes in our Horror Thriller and a normal Horror Thriller which will then be compared to various other aspects of Thrillers. I will be closely evaluating how we used the following headings in our film: Lighting Narrative (story line) The Protagonist The Antagonist Suspenseful Music Aspects of Violence
LightingIn Media Lighting has a significant part to play in Horror Thriller films this is because the lighting in the film can suggest whether something pessimistic or optimistic is going to occur this can be identified using Low and High Key lighting. In our film we used a Low Key shot this makes the scene seem more dramatically scary because the audience immediately assumes something wrong is going to happen. We also used the Low key lighting when the Killer kills “Keysha” we see a close up of the knife with blood although the rest of the surroundings are opaque this makes the scene seem more mysterious and allows the audience to be weary. Also the part were Keysha goes up the stairs. However, Low key Lighting are more commonly used in Horror Thriller Films.
Narrative (The story Line)The Story line is what builds the foundation of the film in the first place. The story line in a typical Horror Thriller would be the Protagonist usually a male who kills a female usually the Antagonist, however the antagonist was weak and later progresses to have power. In our film the Protagonist is the Male who kills the female, however the female killed was the one that seemed to hold the strong and powerful characteristic. On the other hand the other friend was the weak one that just followed what instructions she was given and at the end which led to her being the strong one and maybe the survivor.
The Protagonist The protagonist in the film is perceived as the hero in Horror Thriller films the protagonist is the character that sorts everything out in the end or the one that becomes the strong one. In our Film the protagonist is “Sarah” she develops as the stronger character as the film continues from being the one that was weak and the typical female that is intimidated and shy.
The Antagonist The Antagonist in the film is the Killer. The killer in most Horror Thriller films are always males, males in general in the media industry are always seen as the more dominate, powerful authorized character throughout any type of media. So in our film we decided to have a male killer that you usually see in Horror Films.
Suspenseful Music Although the film is the most exciting part to watch we need to have some audio that will also create more suspense and tension throughout the scene. In Horror Thriller the audio that is played always allows the audience to not only visually take in impact but to hear the sounds in a non-diagetic way; this means the sound has been purposely but there for the audiences ears. We used non-diagetic sounds in the play when “Keysha” goes up stairs to find out where her friends sister is. This is similar to a normal Horror Thriller because we know something is waiting for the character but we still allow the sound to lead us what may happen next.
Aspects of Violence In Horror Thriller we know that there has to be an aspect of Violence and this usually is portrayed by a killing or by someone being in pain. In our Film two people die normally in Horror Thriller films only one person dies, the deaths make the film seem more scary and mysterious. We achieved this by not showing the first killing which creates suspense this allows the audience to be engage in the film and they ask themselves questions such as: Who did it? Are they still in the house? Whos next? Etc. The second killing was shown and the killer is introduced into the film, the audience can then see the type of physique the killer has, the gender and they start to put the parts together.