As media studies courseworkPresentation Transcript
AS Media Studies Coursework Evaluation Michael Jones
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
My thriller film uses the conventions of real media products in particular the psychological thriller genre. This genre usually disturbs the audiences mind and terrifies them psychologically with the abnormal or weird. My thriller is typical of a psychological thriller because it is very similar to other psychological thriller such as "Seven" and "Hannibal." By using jump cuts and a lot of fast edits this creates a distorted effect which uses a convention of thrillers where the opening titles often represent the psychological state of the protagonist or in this case the antagonist. The music we added is very foreboding and gives the impression of a fast-paced thriller which will also be scary and terrifying. Screenshots from the opening titles of “Seven” which our thriller is heavily based on. We used several ideas from this opening titles because this was such an effective opening. http://www.artofthetitle.com/media/film/1995/seven_contact.jpg
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our thriller has represented a dangerous and criminally insane killer and we represented how this person is so shady and mysterious that it could be anybody. The possibility that this killer could be a close friend to the protagonist or even a family member and the audience would never had a suspicion that this person was the antagonist. Our representation gives the message that there are a lot of dangerous people in the world and to not stereotype people for what they look like or how they act, it could be misleading. We used the antagonist as a white middle class male who did not look significantly important from behind, this meant that the killer could be mistaken for anybody. This is similar to the killer in “Seven” where the antagonist is a white middle class male whose name was John Doe, which is a very common name used for unidentified male murder victims. Another similarity is the killer in “Red Dragon” (Ralph Fiennes). Through research into several thrillers we found out that male characters are generally given more screen time and are the dominant gender for this particular role. (Anthony Hopkins “Hannibal”) http://poietes.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/silence-of-the-lambs.jpg http://www.librarising.com/astrology/celebs/images2/A/anthonyhopkins.jpg
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
http://www.slashgear.com/gallery/data_files/7/4/New_Line_Cinema_logo.jpg http://www.gearfuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/key_art_universal_pictures.jpg A Large company like Universal pictures (Universal Studios) or New Line Cinema may want to distribute our product to the public. This is because these huge corporations have already produced psychological thrillers like “Hannibal” and “Seven” and they may be interested in what we have to offer. By advertising through medias like the internet and through television we could digitalize our film and produce it world-wide to countries such as America and Australia for a wider audience. With the right screen writers and the best choice of actors and actresses the film would be a blockbuster and become a world renowned success. The use of typical thriller conventions with the themes of identity and mystery “who is the killer?” and the elements of suspense and violence is symbolic of a successful psychological thriller.
Who would be the audience for your media product?
My chosen audience for my thriller are young adults, more specifically ranging from 15 – 28 year olds. We are mostly targeting males but it will also be enjoyable for young women who enjoy a thrill. The certificate given for our thriller may be considered borderline either 15 or 18 certificate. This is because after researching the BBFC guidelines for content we found out that the certificate may be given an 18 instead of a 15. This is because “Strong threat and menace is permitted unless sadistic or sexualised” This guideline under the theme of horror could affect different peoples opinions of certificate for our film. We would like to have our thriller given a certificate 15 just so that children who are entering the adult world can understand the true dangers of the real world. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/downloads/pub/Guidelines/BBFC%20Classification%20Guidelines%202009.pdf
How did you attract/address your audience?
To attract our audience we set up a survey to ask them what they knew about thrillers and what they wanted to from a thriller. We asked 20 males and 20 females to take part so our results were accurate. You can take our survey from this link: http://freeonlinesurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=l8p2p20ywa5awkr720251 Our results are shown here: Two other results from the last two questions were: “What do you expect from the opening of a thriller?” The most common answer was mystery “What is the best thriller you have seen in the last 5 years?” The most common was spilt between Taken and Law abiding citizen
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
The camera and the equipment we used was relatively simple to use and we didn’t have much difficulty in using them. However once we uploaded our film onto the Apple imac computers this was a much more tricky and complicated task. None of us could get our heads around the amazingly strange imac system and the application used to edit our film the imovie programme. Eventually after many attempts and mistakes we finally mastered this new technology none of us had used before.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the product?
Looking back at our preliminary I have discovered that we have learnt a incredible amount about the mise-en-scene and how to frame a shot, especially the importance of lighting in film. I have also learnt the importance of the angles and distances of shots on a character, prop or setting. I feel that we have come an exceptionally long way from our humble beginnings with our preliminary task and we all feel proud with our work and have enjoyed making our terrifying thriller.