Post 6: Research AUDIENCE PROFILE The audience play a vital role in the making of a successful film, without them the film would not make any money. And money is the most important thing in the film industryRoss Fisher- 3069 1
Source: www.bbfc.co.uk Different Film Certificates - A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over - Very mild bad language (eg ‘damn’ and ‘hell’) - Characters may be seen kissing or cuddling. - Mild violence only. Occasional mild threat or menace only. - Occasional natural nudity, with no sexual context. - The genre of these films are appropriate to a young audience. This doesn’t mean that all films rated U are children’s films. -Our thriller film will not be a U as it will contain more suspense which could scare people to fit a U film. -PG stands for Parental Guidance. This means a film is suitable for general viewing, A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. - Horror Frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense. - Mild bad language only. - Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed. - Sexual activity may be implied, but should be discreet and infrequent. - Our Thriller will not be suitable for children so this isnt the rating to use when making our opening . - 12A means that anyone aged 12 or over can go and see the film unaccompanied. Children younger than 12 may see the film if they are accompanied by an adult if the film is a 12 A. - The 12 certificate is just for videos, DVDs and Blu-rays. 12A is for cinema only. - Horror Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted. - Moderate language is allowed. The use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’) must be infrequent - Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for teenagers. - Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood. - I do not think that this should be the rating we stick too in case we use a lot of swearing and a violence in the piece, it is much safer to go to a higher certificate.Ross Fisher- 3069 2
Different Film Certificates - No-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema or buy/rent a ‘15’ rated DVD. -strong violence. -frequent strong language (eg f***). -portrayals of sexual activity. -strong verbal references to sex. -sexual nudity. -brief scenes of sexual violence or verbal references to sexual violence. -discriminatory language or behaviour. -drug taking. -Many horror films are rated 15. At 15 there can be strong threat and menace (as long as it is not sadistic or sexualised), although the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. - This is the certificate I think that we schould work towards it alows most things and research later will show that thrillers are generally this certificate. -Films rated 18 are for adults. No-one under 18 is allowed to see an 18 film at the cinema or buy an 18 rated DVD. -very strong violence. -frequent strong language (eg f***) and/or very strong language (eg ‘c***’) -Strong portrayals of sexual activity. -scenes of sexual violence. -strong horror. -strong blood and gore. -real sex (in some circumstances) -discriminatory language and behaviour. - This is not appropriate as it means that children our age will not be able to view the film because of the raiting and we do not want that. The BBFC is the company which regulate the certificates that the film receives this means that children are not subjected to things they should not be. After looking at the guidelines for each film certificate, I feel that our own thriller will most likely be rated a ‘15’. Rating our film a ‘15’ will attract a large number of people, incorporating the age group that visit the cinema most frequently, 15-25 year olds. A ‘15’ rating will allow us to explore the strong and mature themes that so often feature in thriller films with few restrictions regarding content, allowing us to create a realistic andRoss Fisher- 3069 engaging thriller opening. 3
http://www.myvue.com/latest-Thriller Films currently in Cinema and Certificates. movies/cinema/westfield/view/all-times Showing times: Standard film times 13:10, 16:40,20:10,23:40,13:15,20:30 These are shown daily which show there is a big appeal for thriller market. This is a 15 rated thriller Showing times: 13:50,16:20,18:50,,21:20,23:45 The film shows that there are new thrillers being made all the time. Most of the showings are late in the day which is because people are out of school/work to watch the films. Standard film times 15:45, 18:40 This shows the thriller is at the end of its showing time and is only showing at certain times because the demand has gone. This shows that the Thriller genre is going well in the cinema with new releases being bought out often and late in the day when people finish there studies or work as they are 15+ there are not many over 15’s who are available in the early morning.Ross Fisher- 3069 4
Successful thrillers The two different charts show the life time gross of thriller films since they have hit the cinemas. The chart on the left shows the physiological thriller films and the one on the right is On the Run thriller films. The two graphs show that there is a big audience for these films and that even in the modern day with the film ‘salt’ they still take a lot of money at the box office because the appeal of thrillers is still there.Ross Fisher- 3069 Source of graph : http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=thrillerontherun.htm 5
Interview • I conducted an interview with my cousin who is 20 and is a film goer he enjoys the thriller genre and he knows what he likes in a THRILLER film. Tom, when you go to the cinema to watch a thriller film what do you expect to see? When I go to see a thriller I want to be hooked from the second the film starts, if the film has a rubbish start I will just get disinterested in what I am watching. You say you like to be hooked onto the film from the start. But how do you think that a thriller film is successfully started? Well.. When I sit in my seat and it starts I like to see a certain event that will set the story for the rest of the thriller. This would ideally be built up with the idea of fear and suspense. This means I am on the edge of my seat right from the start and starting to enjoy the film. Thank you for your time and opinions Tom.Ross Fisher- 3069 6
Questionnaire To help get an understanding on the audience who go to the cinema I went to Westfield and handed out a questionnaire for people to1. Are you Male or Female? answer I handed out 15 of these and here are the results.male: 9female: 6 Gender of people who Age of the film goers2. Age Category: answered 12 to 1512-15 : 2person16-18 : 5 people Male 16 to 1819-25 : 4 person25-30 : 3person Female 19 to 2530+ : 1people 25 to 303. What aspect of a thriller film do you most enjoy? over 30The Plot/ Storyline : 4 peopleAction scenes : 1 people What Aspect Is Best The Plot/The Suspense Created : 7 peopleViolence : 2 person StorylineMultiple Plots : 1 people4. How often do you watch thrillers? ActionEveryday : 0 people ScenesOnce a week : 3people TheOnce a month : 6 people Suspence CreatedRarely : 6 people ViolenceNever : 0 person Multiple PlotsRoss Fisher- 3069 7
Audience member profile Enjoys watching thrillers and horrors 15-25year old Likes to go to the cinema for a social occasion as well Enjoys a pizza as to watch the film. take away. Casual dress Shops in high-street Quite a laid back personality brands Studies or works hard Goes to watch the football with friends and plays computer games Using my research I was able to create a client profile on what the average film goer is like. I used the interview and the questionnaires to get an idea on their age gender and as knowing the person I interviewed the traits of the person as well.Ross Fisher- 3069 8
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