We handed out questionnaire’s to people to see what they liked about thrillers. We did this toresearch thrillers and try to make our thriller opening as good as possible. The questionnairehelped us choose our target audience and the genre of thriller we are going to use.
QUESTION 1 – WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT A THRILLER TO BEABOUT.• For question 1 the answers were roughly the same. Most people’s answers said a good thriller should build tension and suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat through out the whole film. It should also make you wonder whats going to happen next and make the audience asked questions about whats happening. It should have a good plot twist which may confuse the audience. Some other answers said that a thriller should include a protagonist and an antagonist. Lastly it should keep the viewer asking questions until the end where the plot is revealed and everything makes sense.
QUESTION 2 – WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF GENRE?• tick box – horror, comedy, romance, thriller, sci-fi or other• From our questionnaire we found that the favourite genre was thriller with other half of our participants saying thriller. Then comedy, followed by horror, sci-fi, psychological and no-one we asked answered romance. Showing a horror thriller would be a good genre to use, and that no-one would like a romantic thriller. We have chosen to use a psychological thriller, as we think that it is the most effective genre and the easiest to express.
QUESTION 3 – WHAT DO YOU THINK THE BEST LOCATION OFA THRILLER WOULD BE?• Tick box – Abandoned House, Beach, Forest, Inner City and Other (please state)• The answers we got for this question were mixed between abandoned house and forest. We chose to do it in a shed and a house going with the theme of abandoned house as this was the most liked by the people that filled out our questionnaire. Location Abandoned House Beach Forest Inner City
QUESTION 4 – WHAT MUSIC BEST SUITS A THRILLER?• R&B, Fast, Classical, Eerie, Hip-hop or other.• This question was obvious to what the answer would be but we though we should check anyway. We are going to use eerie and creepy music and sudden sounds in our thriller to make it more jumpy and keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Music R&B Fast Classical Eerie Music Other
QUESTION 5 – HOW OFTEN DO YOU VISIT THE CINEMA?• Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly.• We asked this to see how often our participants visit the cinema to know if they like films and if they pay to watch them. Cinema Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly
QUESTION 6 – WHAT AGE GROUP ARE YOU IN?• -10 years, 10-15 years, 16-21 years, 22-30 years, 30-50 years, 51-70 years, 71+• We asked people for their age so we know what age group go to the cinema and watch films, as were aiming our thriller opening to be a 15 rating, we asked more 16-21 year olds. This is because they visit the cinema most often and spend the most money on films. Age Under 10 10 to 15 16 to 21 22 to 30 31 to 50 51 to 70
QUESTION 7 – WHAT AGE RATING OF A FILM DO YOU WATCHTHE MOST?• U, PG, 12A, 12, 15, 18• We asked this question to see what people watched the most to help us decide the age rating of our film. We were thinking about a 12a but most people watch 15’s so we decided to make our thriller a 15. Age Rating U PG 12A 12 15 18
QUESTION 8 – IF YOU WERE TO MAKE A THRILLER, WHATWOULD IT BE ABOUT.• There were many different answers to this ranging across the different sub- genres. Most of the answers were to do with murder and suspense. For it to be jumpy and mysterious. With a psycho as the villain and an average person as the hero. One we liked was about betrayal and revenge between to antagonist and protagonist. The best response was about a weird paedophile and we have decided to use this as our idea for our opening but elaborate on the paedophile idea.
QUESTION 9 – LIST 3 THINGS YOU FIND SCARY IN AHORROR THRILLER?• We got many answers to this including; murder; darkness; blood; fear; jumpy scenes; paranormal; tense music; remote locations and many more, we have tried to make our opening include as many of these as possible to make our thriller as good as we can but its hard to get them all in.
QUESTION 10 – WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OFTHRILLER? (E.G. PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER)• People could choose their own answer for this and with psychological being the most popular we have decided to make our opening a psychological thriller. This will make the film more popular and give a better target audience. Sub-Genre Psychological Horror Action