Enigma• We’ve improved our use of enigma from draft one to our final draft, because we have made the ending of our opening sequence much quicker and fast paced through the use of quick clips that cut swiftly as the unseen thing approaches her.
Target Audience! M• Age: It is aimed at 15+, this is because the main character in the film is a teenager and a younger generation can relate to this because it will appeal to them. The fast pace tone of the film wont appeal to someone of an older generation who is not as active as a younger person• Location: the fact that it is set in London will appeal to a great number of people who actually live in London. This is because the audience will be able to relate to the character and the film and therefore will be more affected by the film. E.g. many people who live in London were terrified of using the LondonUnderground after watching the movie ‘Creep’ which is set in Charing Cross tubestation. This scared many people who used the station, which is the major aim of ahorror/thriller film.
Target Audience!• Lifestyle: The movie itself is quite slow pace this doesn’t take away from it’s excitement. Therefore our target audience would be people who lead an active life and enjoy thrills and sitting on the edge of their seat whilst watching a movie. The mystery and enigma throughout our film will appeal to our target audience.
M Why Our Target Audience Will Be Interested In Our Film!• The Idea: Our target audience will be interested in our idea because it is thrilling and exciting and creates mystery (the history behind the house and the ghost). This will intrigue our audience, because they will want to find out more. The unexplained paranormal events that take place will interest people who regularly watch thrillers• Form: We want to use very creep and eerie music in some parts then fast pace violin music to create excitement. This will interest our audience because the are aiming our film at thrill seekers. We also want to use quick cutaways to create excitement and build up tension for the audience. (running through the corridors). However will we also use smooth camera movements to build up tension that will lead up to the climax at the end. This will attract our target audience as it creates excitement which will appeal to regular thrill seekers.
Target Audience!• Conventions: We are targeting our film at an audience who regularly watch thrillers with conventions such as terror, and we will intrigue people who enjoy being frightened by films.• We will include ghosts and spirits in order to attract an audience who are interested in supernatural happenings and life after death. (Ghost girl). We want to satisfy their interest in paranormal activities by including spirits and weird unexplained events such as the TV switching on by itself Being frightened Ghosts
Actor/Character Props/Costume N Joanne Drew The Others The Unborn• This character meets stereotypes of a helpless young girl who is haunted by a ghost• Some movies in which this is displayed are listed above.• We hope to use some stereotypes in how females act in scary situations and use this in our opening sequence
Character• We have developed our character as we’ve emphasised the social group that she belongs to via the use of costume, additionally, we show her growth as an individual as the naturally curious side of her takes over.
O Location – Health & Safety Risks• With this location, there are minimal health and safety risks, however we’ll have to pay attention to things such as: My bookcase falling over, and injuring one of us.The stairs leading up to my room are quite narrow and steep, so it is likely that if we aren’t careful, one of us could lose our footing and fall down them.
O Location – Health & Safety Risks Whilst getting to this location, we’ll need to be careful whilst crossing the roads, as although there isn’t a great deal of traffic, there are a few cars that turn corners at great speed, which makes us, as pedestrians more vulnerable.In the scene where a hand slams against the glass door, a health and safety concern there, is that if we slam the hand against the door too hard, we may injure ourselves, or break the door, which is fragile.
O Location – Health & Safety Risks We’ll have to ensure that our actress has a suitable amount of breaks, between filming and is kept adequately hydrated. A major health and safety concern, is the risk of falling anywhere within the house, as it could happen to anyone of us.Finally, the windows are able to fully open up, which poses a threat to us, if we open them up, as my bedroom is on the top floor. We’ll have to be careful when opening and closing the window in my room.
O Location• This location is nearly always accessible as its my room, however, the only problem we may face with this location is when we can film as my mother works from home and noise from filming could be an issue.• We can get there from school by getting the 266 or 260 bus to Church Road and then a short walking distance, where we’d have to cross four non-major roads.
P Narrative• We are using Linear Narrative for our opening sequence initially, however we then use a non linear narrative, as we have a flashback quite near to the beginning of them film, which changes the linear narrative structure.
Q Tvzetan Todorov: Narrative StructureTzvetan Todorov is a Franco- Equilibrium: it is a narrative thatBulgarian philosopher. He lived in starts with a state ofFrance since 1963 with his wife and harmony, example a group of peopletwo children. enjoying their live. Disequilibrium: it is a world of stability which involves disruption, example when an evil event happens to character in a movie. New Equilibrium: it is when the evil in a movie is removed and it restores harmony.
Q It contrast with disequilibrium because it has some disturbing images in the middle the movieThis describes equilibrium asit has the character enjoying This links with newhimself because he thinks equilibrium as it showsthat everything is perfect. a peaceful atmosphere between the characters
Binary Opposition: Binary opposition is theidea of bringing two ideas that arecompletely different together into one film.Examples of this include:•Cowboys versus Aliens•Aliens versus Ninjas•The Matrix
Binary Opposition.• We are not using this as it wouldn’t be suitable for the type of film idea we have, as there are literally only paranormal activities in her house, not paranormal activities and ninjas or paranormal activities and aliens.
Characters and their purpose in Propp’stheory:•The villain (struggles against the hero)•The donor (prepares the hero or gives the herosome magical object)•The (magical) helper (helps the hero in the quest)•The princess (person the hero marries, oftensought for during the narrative)•Her father•The dispatcher (character who makes the lackknown and sends the hero off)•The hero or victim/seeker hero, reacts to thedonor, weds the princess
Film Theory.• We aren’t using Strauss’ film theory as it is not suitable for what we want our opening sequence to be.• In our opening sequence, it could be argued that out character is the hero, as she is doing all of the research herself and trying to save herself from her possession.
Film Theory.• We’re applying Todorov’s film theory, as at the beginning of our film idea, the character’s life is in a state of harmony. (Equilibrium)• As our idea continues, the character finds more and more out about the ghost as it slowly possesses her. (Disequilibrium)• Finally, the death of the character brings final peace and harmony, or so the audience think until a new family move into the same house. (New Equilibrium)
R Columbia Pictures• It’s an American film production and distribution company.• Columbia Pictures now forms part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.• Columbias major contract stars were Jean Arthur and Cary Grant (who was shared with RKO Pictures).• It is one of the leading film companies in the world, a member of the so-called Big Six.• It was one of the so-called Little Three among the eight major film studios of Hollywoods Golden Age.
R Films and Budgets.Anaconda The plot centres on a Budget:$45,000,000 film crew for National (estimated) Geographics who are Opening kidnapped by a Weekend:$16,620,88 hunter who is going 7 (USA) (13 April after the worlds 1997) (2456 Screens) largest anaconda, Gross:$136,885,767 which is discovered in (Worldwide) . the remote jungle.Fright Night Fright Night is an Budget:$9,000,000 American vampire (estimated) comedy horror film Opening starring William Weekend:$6,118,543 Ragsdale, Chris (USA) (4 August 1985) Sarandon, Stephen (1542 Screens) Geoffreys and Roddy Gross:$24,922,237 McDowall that was (USA) (22 September released in 1985. 1985)
R Why Columbia Would Be Suitable.• I chose this because they make lots of horror films that relate to our genre.• We aim a big hit for our genre so we can relate it to the budget of Columbia pictures.• It is an inspiration to film distributing and production.• They have Co-production companies who help and support them in exhibition and going into cinemas.
S Titles And Credits• Titles and credits from real films: • The Ring • Se7en • Rosemarys Baby • Stephen Kings "IT" • Frankenstein (1931)
S Titles And Credits of ‘The Ring’• The font appears hand written A handwritten style font would emphasise the‘Mental illness’ aspect of our film as the textwould appear messy and scattered, as if written bysomeone in panic or distress, (mentally unstable)• The ‘O’s in the text match the ring of the well in the filmThis emphasises the theme of the film, which has inspired us to use a font style which gives clues to the audience as to what our film will be about without giving too much away.
S Titles And Credits of ‘Se7ev’• Similarly to ‘The Ring’, ‘Se7en’ also has handwritten style fonts that are often spaced out or slanted. • The most inspiring thing about ‘Se7en’ is the animation of the text. • The quick bright flashes of the text create excitement for the audience and keep them on the edge of their seat which is essential for thriller films and has inspired us to display our text in a similar way.
STitles And Credits of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’• The font style and colour are somewhat unusual as it does not link with anything in the movie.• However the fact that its so uncommon for a Horror/Thriller, makes it unique and unpredictable. • Baby pink colour, however symbolises the innocence of Rosemary’s character. •Similarly, our main character also possesses a sense of innocence.• This has inspired us to use a font not normally associated with Thrillers to make it as unpredictable as possible.
STitles And Credits of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ The title of the film is the The bright red symbolises only text in this colour blood and gore therefore (bright red) and font style. attracting the target audience as it is common in Horror/Thrillers. This makes the title stand out from the rest of the text The small cuts and slits within highlighting the significance the letters emphasis the violence of the ‘IT’ character to in the movie as they represent intrigue the audience. stabs and scratches.
S Titles And Credits of ‘Frankenstein’ (1931) • The inconsistency of the text style could be used to disorientate the audience and perhaps panic them and keep them on the edge of their seat. •Also used for once sentence. •Each word is a different font. • The different fonts represent the •Each piece of text is written way that ‘Frankenstein’ was made in a different font, confusing up of different parts just like thethe audience yet still intriguing text. them.
S The colour of Our Text• At fist we considered using a deep red font colour as it is usually associated with Horrors/Thrillers. ‘What Lies Within’• However once we changed our opening sequence from a Horror to a Thriller we decided that a colour associated with blood and gore would not be appropriate plus too common and predictable.• We then took inspiration from ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ which uses a baby pink to signify her characters innocence. • In a similar way we decided that white would be the best option for us as it resembles something pure. ‘What Lies Within’
S The Font of Our Text• After exploring different fonts from real films and opening credits we narrowed our favourites down to:• Block Capitals e.g. ARIAL BLACKThis could represent a sense of seriousness about the film. The houses being built where a Mental Institution once was. The fire that was used to cover a murder.• Handwritten style Font e.g. Bradley Hand ITCWe would use this to resemble the mental state of the characters by making the writing as unstructured and disorientated as possible.• Old Fashioned Font e.g. Brush Script MTThis could emphasises the time period of when the Mental Hospital was running. It gives the audience an insight to the film.
S Our final Font style and colour• We finally narrowed it down to the font we felt was most appropriate for our opening sequence and genre.• We wanted to chose something that gave little clues about the film but not too much and wasn’t too predictable.• We decided to go with a handwritten style font as we hoped this would emphasise the ‘Mental illness’ aspect of our film as the text would appear messy and scattered, as if written by someone in panic or distress, (mentally unstable).• Inspired by ‘The Ring’ and ‘Se7en’• We were also inspired by ‘Se7en’ to make the text flash onto the screen and fade away.
T Copyright Free Music SitesWe had to look at copyright free sites for music and found a few brilliant sites that music suitable for our genre.• http://freeplaymusic.com/• http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/• http://www.royaltyfreemusic.co.uk/
T Music That Inspires Us• We like distinctive sounds like the sound of typing, creaking and eerie diegetic sounds in films. Also, slow footsteps with emphasis on each step as this also builds the tension.• This makes it more realistic as it scares people more and they can relate to it.
How We Used This Music.• We took distinctive sounds, like typing to keep the pace quite slow.• Coupled with our diegetic sounds, this made our opening sequence quite eerie. We also used them to build excitement and tension as our character tries to exit her room.
U BBFC and Rating• There are 6 different BBFC ratings.Uc gives guidelines for a child being able to watch afilm by themselves (from the age of 4)U stands for universal, enabling everyone to watchthe film.PG stands for Parental Guidance. So the film issuitable for children as long as their parents arewatching with them.12A requires the viewers to be aged 12 but haveadult supervision whilst watching the film.12 requires the viewer to be aged 12 and over.15 requires the viewer to be aged 15 and over.18 requires the viewer to be aged 18 and over.R18 is a legally restricted classification for explicitworks of consenting sex or fetish material.
U BBFC and RatingOur film fits into the 15 classification.This is because there is a strong threat in ourfilm and sadistic behaviour is shown when theghost harms the character in her sleep just toconvey her message.