I was always set on creating a horror/thriller due to my love to horror films. I researched many horror films which I felt I could base my ideas on. I decided to expand my ideas by introducing a science experiment gone wrong theme into my plot and narrative. By doing this I had slightly altered my genre to sci-fi horror. I also decided to use a zombie style of enemy which again expanded my films sub genre to zombie/survival horror. Zombies horrors have been a popular over the recent years, with such features as ‘dawn of the dead’, ‘rec and rec2’ and ‘day of the dead’. I decided to follow the popular genre so to appeal to a mass audience. My genre of film became unique when I introduced the source of the infection (a HIV vaccine).
You could say that my film is both regressive, as it does take on elements of originality, however, I feel that my genre type is mainly progressive as it does copy a few ideas from other films and it takes on a genre which has been used before.
My film trailer hold some structure as it has a beginning, and middle. However there isn’t really an end. I decided not to end my teaser as I decided to leave my audience guessing what could happen. This would entice them to view the full length feature. Due to there being a structure, my teaser conforms to Barthes theory of narrative.
Beginning (scientist Middle (Police enter End (zombies attack
and inter titles) Infected building) leaving audience wanting to know more
The genre has developed the narrative, as it I have gone into great detail to justify a specific genre. (sci-fi zombie horror). This was the foundation for my narrative as conventionally the story and plot should and does include humans (a swat team, which also conforms to the conventions as it bends and shapes the narrative) fighting off a horde of zombies (again shaping the narrative) and trying to survive as long as possible whilst trying to find a cure or the reason for infection.
I tried to make the trailer extremely obvious of the genre so that the audience would know from the very beginning whether they thought it suitable to watch. For this I included inter titles to explain the plot that would hopefully sum up to the audience the genre and the themes involved.