Conventions of thriller genre

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Conventions of thriller genre

  1. 1. Conventions of Thriller genre.
  2. 2. What is a thriller film?• Thriller is a genre of film that uses: suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements.• Some subgenres of thrillers are: mystery, crime and psychological thrillers.
  3. 3. Purpose• A thriller is a film that provides thrills for the audience, it should keep the audience engaged and on the edge of their seats. The plot normally builds towards some sort of climax.• The tension usually comes when a character is placed in a situation of mystery, or a trap which escaping may be impossible.• The main character is unaware they are going to be in a situation which involves danger and sometimes death.• The audience sometimes can empathize with the victim, putting themselves in the characters shoes.
  4. 4. Setting• The settings can vary between all the different narratives. This means that when it comes to deciding on where to set the film, there is a lot of choice.• However, normally the character is isolated.• Good examples of this is Jurassic Park as it takes place in a jungle which seems to never end.
  5. 5. • Thrillers will create a sense of suspense, tension and uncertainty. They will do this by using different lighting, music, shot types etc..• Using there is a crime in the narrative or story line of a thriller, it will keep the audience captivated in the film and therefore prevent the film from becoming boring as there will be something out of the ordinary.• Thrillers are usually made up of a complex narrative, with false paths, clues and resolutions. This will have an effect of leaving a strong enigma by keeping the audience questioning the film and keeping their full attention by having them trying to solve the questions.
  6. 6. Plot• A protagonist who is always empowered. All thrillers have a protagonist against a antagonist at some point in the thriller both characters will meet and this is where the action tends to happen. The plot usually builds towards a climax.
  7. 7. Mis en scene• Mis en scene is important in a thriller and needs to be used appropriately. For example if the character is upset put them in a sad environments e.g. low key lighting, slow beat music. On the other hand if the character is happy but them in an environment with has upbeat music, bright lights and a cheerful scene.
  8. 8. CameraIn thrillers the main camera shots used are close up of characters and tension is built up the most within them as thrillers contain a lot of tension building and tracking shots are used to show the scene and where people are going.
  9. 9. Stereotypical character roles:• Ordinary citizens (usually hero)• Innocent victims• Criminals• Stalkers• Assassins• Characters with dark pasts• Psychotic individuals• Police• People involved in twisted relationships• Cash cow (individual with a lot of money)
  10. 10. Stereotypical character roles:• Ordinary citizens (usually hero)• Innocent victims• Criminals• Stalkers• Assassins• Characters with dark pasts• Psychotic individuals• Police• People involved in twisted relationships• Cash cow (individual with a lot of money)
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