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  1. 1. Genre Horror AlienPsychological Monster Halloween Gothic Supernatural SurvivalDemonic Slasher Sub-Genres •Slasher •Monster •Halloween •Gothic •Psychological •Demonic •Supernatural •Survival •Alien e.g. Friday 13th, Scream, Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre e.g. Dawn of the Dead, Lake Placid, The decent e.g. Halloween, Trick r’ Treat, The wicker man e.g. Alien, Predator, Space Odyssey e.g. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman e.g. Silence of the lambs, The Sixth Sense, The Shining. e.g. Paranormal Activity e.g. Nightmare on Elm Street, e.g. Dog Soldiers, 28 Days Later, Resident Evil
  2. 2. Typical Conventions Blood & Gore House Graveyard Confrontation/Survivor Murder weapon Killer Victim Monsters Darkness Symbolism Tragedy Woods
  3. 3. Shots Extreme Close-Up: An extreme close up is used to capture the emotions of characters, especially to establish the sense of fear and surprise in the horror genre. We plan to use this shot in our film production as it is easy to replicate and show specific feelings. Establishing Shot: An establishing shot is always used in horror films usually to set the scene for a murder. In this specific establishing shot it helps to create an eerie feeling, aided by the use of low-key lighting. Reaction Shot: Similar to close-ups, reaction shots help to humanise characters by showing the audience their reactions. In this case the initial shot implies something awful has happened. Again we plan to incorporate this into our production.
  4. 4. Shot reverse shot: Shot reverse shots are commonly used to help address the relationship between two characters. This is useful to establish the interaction between the characters and showing who is in control. This is also done with the use of high and low angle shots. For example a high angle shot of the woman is used to make her appear inferior and vulnerable whereas a low angle of the man is used which makes him seem superior and dominant. This would be a useful technique to apply in our coursework. Long Shot: Long shots are a very effective camera technique as they emphasise a victim’s isolation and vulnerability. Long shots are easy to manipulate and will be useful to include in our film.
  5. 5. Lighting Low-key: Lighting is a key factor when composing our shots, so its important to recognise the effects of using different forms of lighting. Low-key lighting is useful as it creates a spooky and eerie tone to the scene. High-key: High-key lighting can be used to lure the audience into a false sense of security in a horror film, which will often be contrasted with the use of high-key lighting. This will definitely be something to consider during out production. Natural/Unnatural lighting As part of special effect components, the application of unnatural night has numerous effects, such as to emphasise to the killer or emotions of a certain character, like in this example the use of light emphasises the killer’s presence.
  6. 6. Sound Diegetic Non-Diegetic Diegetic sounds can be emphasised to create dramatic effect. Examples of these are: •Screaming •Slamming Doors •Gunshots •Barking •Wind •Rain •Footsteps •Slashing noises •Heavy Breathing •Explosions •Creaking Some of these sounds may be hard to replicate, but we will definitely consider including them in our film production, to add in a scene for dramatic effect. Non-diegetic sounds have similar effects to a film in the ways in which it helps create tension, suspense and emotion. Examples of these are: • Incidental music •Theme song •Music These are used in horror films for a specific purpose. For example the build up to a climatic scene as the music gets louder and faster building up to a crescendo. Theme songs are used throughout a film as a recognisable piece of music in which the target audience can identify and associate with. We may consider using a theme song for our film production to add a sense of professionalism whilst sticking to conventions. Some examples of iconic horror theme songs are: •PYSCHO •Halloween •Friday 13th •A Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. 7. Plots/ Narrative Structure Group of Teenagers Victims get killed off one by one Last survivor confronts killer Survivor overcomes killer Victims get killed off one by one Survivor overcomes killer Killer returns Last survivor confronts killer and triumphs again By reviewing these two plots, we have noticed that they have similar narrative structures, which almost acts as a convention itself as we expect some of these basic plots to occur. However it is evident from these two examples that the order has been altered in some way to break the conventions in order to keep the plot entertaining for the audience. We will consider this when it comes to outlining our narrative structure.
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