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Thriller conventions

  1. 1. Thriller Conventions Georgia Ray
  2. 2. • The Thriller genre follows specific devices to build tension and engage an audience. They tend to increase in pace to keep them on edge towards the climax of the film. Sub-genres of the Thriller genre are:• Crime• Psychological• Revenge• Supernatural• PoliticalDespite the different sub-genres, they still hold the same stereotypical thriller conventions and characteristics.
  3. 3. Plot Conventions• Involves innocent character/s (protagonist/s) being put in a difficult situations which involve them escaping in some way.• This plot line may be confused by false accusation or mistaken identity (known as an enigma)• The film increases in pace, leading towards a climax in order to keep an audience engaged.
  4. 4. Themes• Crime• Murder/Death• Revenge• Romance triangles (may lead to murder)• Mystery• Isolation• Voyeurism• Dangerous World• Psychological
  5. 5. SettingUsually in one type of setting or another:•Either isolated settings, rural such as farmhouses/fields etc•Urban environments such as cities or otherbuilt up areas that enable easy hiding. This isused mostly in Crime Thrillers.
  6. 6. Character/s• Protagonist- innocent hero who is unaccustomed to danger. This gives more sympathy from the audience.• Antagonist- May be criminals, stalkers, assassins, psychotic individuals etc.Other characters tend to be victims of the antagonist.
  7. 7. Iconogrpahy• Confined spaces• CCTV cameras• Mirrors• Weapons, e.g. knives• Photographers• Finger Prints• Running water• Lamps• Shadows
  8. 8. Editing• Increasing shot pace, cutting them closer together• Static• High contrast• Montage editing• Altering camera angle• Blur
  9. 9. Sound• Non-diegetic – ambience, synth sounds to build tension and give an eerie atmosphere. Sometimes orchestral. Slow to past paced.• Diegetic- heartbeat, static, heavy breathing, creaky door/floorboards, slamming doors etc.
  10. 10. Sound• Non-diegetic – ambience, synth sounds to build tension and give an eerie atmosphere. Sometimes orchestral. Slow to past paced.• Diegetic- heartbeat, static, heavy breathing, creaky door/floorboards, slamming doors etc.
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