Convention Explanation Use/Develop/ Challenge Our character is haunted Using – We used this as by a ghost in her home. we made an opening sequence aboutGhosts/Spirits possession which is quite a typical feature. Mysterious things keep Using –We used this on happening to the convention by including character, and as she mystery throughout the becomes aware of this, plot. Mystery these happenings get worse. At the end of film, our Developing – We character is fully developed this because possessed. But during our character is the opening sequence, possessed slowly and is Possession the character has aware of her numerous close possession. encounters with the ghost.
Challenging Conventions.• We challenged the usual stereotypical characters normally used in thriller opening sequences.• This is normally a dumb bimbo type character who tends to be quite clueless which is the opposite of our character.• We challenged the form by breaking the linear narrative by having a flashback in the beginning.
Inspirational Films.• An inspirational film to us was The Ring, and this was because of the lighting used in the film, as it remained consistent and made the film creepy.• This inspired us to use a similar effect in the final draft of our opening sequence.
Inspirational Films.• Another inspirational film was The Haunting In Connecticut, and the inspiration we took from this was the use of slamming doors.• It was also inspiring to see a film set in a haunted building, and this stimulated us to do the same.
Inspirational Films.• Paranormal Activities.• The idea of characters documenting their own experiences was motivating for us all, as it makes the paranormal activities experienced by the character even more scary.
How Our Inspirational Films Challenge Forms.• The most obvious film that challenges forms is paranormal activity. This film completely challenged traditional forms, as the characters documented their entire experience, and you almost lived through it with them as you can see exactly what they can see.
How We Challenge Forms.• We challenge forms through the documentation of our paranormal events. Additionally, throughout our entire planned film, our character would be aware that she is being possessed, and we think that this completely defies how thrillers are usually made. Drew documenting her experiences and the outward manifestations in her home.
Similarities & Differences Between Our Film and Real Films (Forms) Similarities Differences The FilmParanormal Activity • Being aware of • Our character doesn’t possession try to seek help from • Documenting own those specialising in the experiences of paranormal paranormal activity.The Ring • The lighting with our • The character types in opening sequence is The Ring are different to quite similar and has the character types that that blue consistent we use, and the ghost is tinge to make it cold roughly the same age looking and sterile. as the character, not younger.
Typical Conventions Of Thrillers – U/D/C Convention Use/Develop/ Challenge/Not used Ghosts/Spirits It all about the ghosts paranormal activity inside our character’s home. Mystery We develop mystery, because its never clear why the ghost has chosen our character to possess. Obsession Revenge We use this, as our ghost is seeking revenge for an injustice – this is quite typical in thrillers, where an character is seeking revenge (e.g. In Eye For An Eye) Investigation We develop investigation, as our character does a lot of research into what is happening to her as it happens. Mind Games
Similarities & Differences Between Our Film & Real Films (Conventions) Similarities Differences The FilmStir of Echoes •Central character is • Our character is desperate to try and find possessed. However, in what is actually going on Stir of Echoes, the in his home. character isn’t possessed but becomes •Meets the stereotypical a ‘receiver’ accidentally – curious-character type meaning communicates and fits the conventions with ghosts. of a thriller.
Different Stereotypes & Social Groups.Popular Girls Geeks Goths
Who Is Being Represented?• We choose to represent typical teenage students of today, who areinquisitive and curious about everything• This is perfect for us as it enables us to show a vulnerable character,and to then emphasise her transformation during the film as shegrows in her curiosity to find out what is happening to her in herhome.
Our Character vs. Stereotypical Geek Geek glasses Simplistic clothing
How Our Target Audience Can Relate.• Will relate to our character and our portrayal of the stereotypical geek, because of:• 1) Her age 2) Blog she uses to document her information.• Everyone is exposed to social media!
Media Institutions We Looked At.
Film Distribution – Our Research.• We made numerous PowerPoints looking at the various distribution companies, which included information about their budgets for films and where they mainly distribute their films to.
Our Research. We all had our favourite option for a distribution company, and we nearly chose Columbia as our distributor as they make many excellent films, such as The Grudge 2...
Our Research.• Lionsgate appealed to us because they worked with Film 4, a company we briefly looked at, and they have made successful thrillers.• Whilst looking at them, we found that... Lionsgate Entertainment own Mandate Pictures who own Ghost House Pictures!
Ghost House Pictures.• The types of films they release:• The Grudge Genre = Horror/Mystery• The Grudge 2 Genre = Horror• The Messenger Genre = Drama/Horror/Thriller• Boogeyman Genre = Drama/Horror/Mystery
Ghost House Pictures• The type of films they release are like the ones that we wish to release, as our film idea is a Thriller with certain qualities of a Horror.• We also looked at the budgets of the films that they make, which also helped us chose them as our distributors.