General narrative features Often within a thriller, the general narrative featuresallow the audience to follow one certain characterthroughout and the concept of the story line is usuallyseen through the eyes of them. The audience can relateto the protagonist, as they too have little knowledge onthe events unfolding within the film and as theseparticular events begin to unfold, they also do with theaudience as well. However, an enigma narrative may beused in order to present the audience with manydifferent fragments in which there are to piece togetherto follow the protagonist as they uncover further stepswithin the narrative.
Openings Openings within a thriller can be used for a variety of reasons, forinstance, the main characters role may be established, usually the badguy therefore we may learn their role of a murderer or criminal, forexample Lucky Number Slevin or Leon.The audience may learn a key aspect which will follow throughout thefilm such as a police investigation in Se7en, however we also learn themurderer in which they are dealing with has severe psychologicalissues, which can also be seen as another important aspect.Other thrillers may include one of its key facets within the opening,however at times it may seem irrelevant in the film. For example, inLeon, the main character possesses many child-like features whichonly later it becomes extremely important in building the audience’sunderstanding of the character.
Trigger events The opening events which appear towards thebeginning of a thriller are never the main event but abuild up to the rest of the film, mainly used to entice theaudience to follow on with the film, this can be seen inthe opening of Luck Number Slevin.An air of mystery is usually portrayed within the openingand many of the key details are often kept from theaudience as it focuses on a key aspect that triggers aseries of events. For example, knowing someone hasbeen murdered but not knowing who killed them, whythey were killed or even how they might have been killed.
Importance of Enigma Codes An enigma code is an interesting way ofenticing the audience to follow the narrative,this is why it is one of the most commonly usednarrative structures within the thriller genre. Asthe film progresses, they feel that arediscovering new things, as well as the sense ofsuspense and drama is slowly being built.
Technical Features of a Thriller Opening Long and wide shots are often used within the openingof a thriller as it depicts a seemingly normal situation,location or unusual events that may be occurring in awhat seems to be a normal environment. Take forexample, Leon, we learn the nature of the main characterwithin the opening, as things seem relatively normal in asetting of a hotel suite. However, it is often that the maincharacter may be situated within what appears as the realworld such as detective working in a crime investigationin Se7en or in Black Swan, the opening scene of a longcontinuous shot of the main character dancing with theblack-feathered evil sorcerer from Swan Lake.
Lighting Lighting depends mainly on the nature of the film, oftenthere are set conventions in which thrillers tend to follow.Usually with the bad guy within a thriller, dark, confinedlighting is used to follow line of sight of the individual inorder to follow the point of view of the protagonist.Lighting is used to highlight the actions of the protagonistin the opening to present the series of events in whichare to occur. Often something is always hidden in athriller which the audience are yet to find out, therefore akey component for this type of genre is to establish achain of key events without revealing anything to theaudience.
Shots There are a wide range of shots which can be used in athriller, often the type of shots used depends highly on thenarrative or nature of the plot line such as a long shot may beused to show the location paired with a slow tracking shot,making the setting appear as harmless, helping build theaudiences pre-beliefs of this specific genre that somethingbad is evidently going to happen.Close-ups and medium close-ups are usually used to show theprotagonists face, such as features, particularly the eyes, andemotions – to give the audience a small idea of what mayoccur or even no clue whatsoever, close-ups can help expresshow the protagonist feels about this specific situation, oftenwith the emphasis of the expression shown in the eyes.
Editing Long edits; panning and tracking shots are oftenheld by the Director in order to create a sense oftension, as the audience may already knowsomething is about to happen but they’re not surewhat exactly.The audience may feel confused when short violentcuts are used, glimpses of the main event areshown but any key details are not yet valid whichwould clearly reveal the narrative, for example whois it holding the knife.