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  • 1. Plot Ideas and Filming Techniques
  • 2. Conventions of a Psychological Thriller
    • Relies of the psychological aspect (the mind)-with suspense deriving from the main characters’ inner turmoil/conflict
    • (experiences that have affected them)
    • Characters are predominantly reliant on mental resources rather than strength or stealth
    • Suspense in psychological thriller derives from the clashing of two characters minds (games of deception , etc.)
    • History behind a situation fuels the entire outcome of the plot
    • In quite a few psychological thrillers at least one character
    • (either the protagonist or antagonist) fears the succession of death or is fascinated by some form of death.
  • 3. ideas for plot /plot summary and Genre
    • Genre:
    • psychological Thriller 
    • Plot ideas:
    • As Alfred Hitchcock used suspense effectively within his film , I aim to use this technique- also drawing on the elements of mistaken identity that he uses in a number of his films.
    • A normal teen girl who loses her best friend (to murder) becomes so distraught see begins attending therapy lessons. This leads to her meeting a boy (the killer) while trying to figure out the who the murderer is. (Murderer has obsession with hair -all victims has long hair).
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  • 4. Themes within plot
    • Presenting the objectification of women by men (killing is the ultimate act of possession for someone-to hold ones life in your hands)
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    • Loses the object of his desire at the very moment of fulfillment/his desire leads to death (long hair is a by-product of secondary natural selection)
    • Freudian commentators believe that longhair represents the identity and aggression and by cutting hair presents a form of castration.
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    • (killer could have relationships with his victims-main character's friend had secret boyfriend-mentioned in some kind of diary)-could be how he's caught? a clue mentioned within trailer
  • 5. Locations
    • places within London with old Victorian vibe, as the ideals of hair epitomizing beauty became popular within this period.
    • Hampstead heath- (the enclosed space of the trees)
    • Hyde park (the fountain area)
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    • Highgate cemetery (has a lot of gothic orientated tomb sculptures, etc.)
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    • St. James street – the buildings are grand/have an element of the Victorian era and add emphasis to the dark (thriller) genre.
  • 6. Costume Ideas
    • main character-
    • The character is meant to be distraught and can be shown through use of make up ( using a dark palette- to create a sleepless look with dark circles under the eyes , etc.)
    • Want her to have long hair as the plot revolves around victims being targeted for their long hair.
    • Dark coloured clothes (black, greys and purples.)
    • Victim-
    • Hair tied in ponytail/long hair which the attacker can easily grab.
    • Attacker - although never see his face clothes will show intimidation wearing all black (with black leather gloves)
    • Main characters’ love interest - very casual clothes (shirt with V-neck jumper and jeans)
    • Props
    • Candles, dolls(victorian-china), ornate style-medieval houses (gothic style.)
  • 7. possible shots and angles
    • close up - to emphasize the main character’s emotions within the specific situations that happen to her/a decline of her mentality.
    • Medium close up- in order to present more than one characters emotions and the interaction between the characters during a heated conversation perhaps.
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    • long shot - of back of killer and his victim (don't see his face).
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    • two shot - of therapist with main character/of main character with antagonist- to show the dominance of a particular character.
    • panning - of a location (the surroundings when main character is being targeted/attacked (P.O.V)- to show a sense of urgency could use a swish pan.
    • Low angle – to play on the gothic/ sinister vibe
    • Canted Angle- to suggest the idea of madness
  • 8. possible lighting techniques or aesthetics
    • mute the colour palette similar to Catherine Hardwicke's' technique in twilight.
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    • ambient light (use light of the location/light emphasis on character  making surrounding look darker or more sinister)
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    • low key lighting - to add emphasis on the character- makes the shot darker while allowing the audience to still see the characters facial expressions and body language.
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    • soft light -used to portray the protagonist in a vulnerable light perhaps.
  • 9. editing ,transitional or FX ideas
    • Cutaway - could use to interrupt the continuity of action ,for example = showing the murder ,cutting to the evidence from the crime scene and cutting back to the final shots of victim before (she) dies.
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    • fast cutting - speed up specific point of actions nearing the end of the trailer.
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    • L cut (with sound) - conversation between main character and therapist about friends death cuts to shots of the murder.
    • smash cut –as the main character is being pursue- when something bad is about to happen to her.
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    • slow motion - can slow down struggle between the victim and the killer (close up of victims face and can only see gloved hands and arms of killer).
    • Create fog/smoke -adds to the thriller element and echoes the technique used by Tim Burton in Sleepy Hollow
  • 10. sound ideas and possible sound effects
    • diagetic sound - the music can start low (maybe use string instrumentals) , begin to take on a darker sound to correspond to the shots and at the end could use the cinematic drum sound, used nearing the end of many Hollywood trailers.
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    • non diagetic sound (voice over, etc.)- Voice over (voices of characters from part of the film with shots corresponding to the speech (which is one of the conventions of a trailer)
    • Sound of breathing (frantic) of main character.
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