In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge
forms and conventions of real media products?
This Establishing Shot delineates the setting and environment of the film due to the house
presented in the middle of the ...
Another shot we did was a Superimposition shot demonstrating the bars of the gate and an image of
the children’s father. L...
This shot is another Establishing Shot of the house and communicates a further isolation as the
house is presented once ag...
Another frame we did was a long low angle shot delineating the child in the tree house. This was the
first presentation of...
This shot is a mid shot and presents the character of the twin who is situated in the middle. The
shot delineates the twin...
This frame is a long high angle shot. This shot is a further insight to the characters as more are
shown within the frame....
This is a long POV (point of view), high angle shot. This shot gives the audience a further insight
to the protagonist of ...
This shot was delineated towards the end of our opening sequence. Having the director
situated at the end of the sequence ...
The final shot is a mid shot of both of the twins. The frame delineates the connotation of
reflections and the symbolism o...
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Evaluation task one

  1. 1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  2. 2. This Establishing Shot delineates the setting and environment of the film due to the house presented in the middle of the shot. The shot communicates the isolation of the house and thus denotes aspects the characters themselves as they are separate from society. The time period is also shown due to the old fashioned style. The frame is portrayed behind tree branches in order to connote someone hiding or the characters themselves having something to hide as the conventions of a psychological horror includes lines in which are used to symbolize this. The diagonal lines of the branches also have a connotation, this being that something is off kilter and not quite right. These symbolic representations illuminates a secret and thus creates a sense of mystery for the target audience and lures them into watching the film. Pathetic Fallacy is another convention of the genre and the dark lighting of the frame; developing this as black contains connotations of mystery and death, and the gloomy atmosphere has further connotations of the upcoming storyline and foreshadowing the deaths that are yet to come. The text within the shot is placed in the center in order for it to be clear as this is the first title that is to appear; demonstrating a convention of an opening sequence as the production company etc. is always shown first. However, the text is placed lower down in order for the text not to cancel out anything within the shot. The font of the title was called “the typing of a maniac” and was chosen as it appears similar to a child’s writing with a crayon; representing the importance of children within the film. This is also illuminated through the colour of white used for the title as this has connotations of innocents and purity.
  3. 3. Another shot we did was a Superimposition shot demonstrating the bars of the gate and an image of the children’s father. Lines within psychological horrors do not only represent the feel of someone hiding but also connotes the feeling of being trapped to the audience as the gate is a reminder of bars used in a prison cell. This also delineates how the characters, specifically the protagonist feels as they were responsible for the fathers death and have little control of their actions. The black colour of the bars adds to this as it symbolizes that it is something dark that is the cause of the character being trapped. This contrasts the picture of the father as he is wearing white whihcb has connotations of innocents. The image of the father also shows a flickering light effect which demonstrates the colour of orange and the idea of fire which both have connotations of death and hell. Hell has a large involvement within our plotline as later in the film the audience discover that the little girl is possessed and her exorcism occurs at the end of the film. Therefore the idea of the devil and hell is very significant in our film and is clearly delineated within this shot and is a subliminal clue to the psychological aspect of the film. The flickering light effect used also communicates intertextuality of ‘The Others’ as within their opening sequence they use this effect of show images from a story book; showing the importance of the children, and is also used to delineate the idea of death as the end of the psychological horror demonstrates that the protagonists are in fact dead themselves. We decided to make this media reference as the film had a large influence upon ours and also to stay with the conventions of the genre. The weather presented in the shot is another example of Pathetic Fallacy as it is raining which symbolizes danger and fear.
  4. 4. This shot is another Establishing Shot of the house and communicates a further isolation as the house is presented once again. The house is presented as much as possible in order to demonstrate the importance of those living inside. Despite the isolation we aimed to communicate a normal old fashioned family setting with a house and a children’s play area, however this is shot to create a sinister atmosphere and was chosen in order to make the setting more relatable for the target audience and to denote how the events in which occur within the film could happen to any normal family. The frame shows various lines and chains in which further communicates the feeling of being trapped to the audience. As this is a shot showing the children’s play area this also delineates the significance of the children and their involvement in the matter. The shot also delineates a tyre and thus demonstrates a circle which is another convention of our genre as circle are used to symbolize what goes around comes around and the never ending circle of events. The chain delineates various circles linked together which was shown to symbolize how everything is linked together and there is no way out; linking towards the idea of being trapped which is represented by the lines. The font presented is another convention of an opening sequence as it is the production company that is one of the first things shown.
  5. 5. Another frame we did was a long low angle shot delineating the child in the tree house. This was the first presentation of the protagonist; as the title appears. The font used for this denotes crosses through the two t’s, showing alliteration. This symbolizes the importance of religion within the film and demonstrates the characters within the family being very religious. The position of the title is situated in the center of the frame in order to communicate its importance and the significance of the character of the twin herself. A full stop is also demonstrated in the title. This was to symbolize how she ends characters lives and how in the conclusion of the film her life also ends; it is a symbolic representation of foreshadowing the end of the film and how it will be the end of her. The cross within the full stop however symbolizes how although it is the end of her it is not the end of the story or the doll as she is what possesses the child. Within the film, both twins are presented as main characters however the title of ‘The Twin’ shows how the focus is only on one of them. The position of the twin is placed directly under the title as she is engulfed and surrounded by darkness, symbolizing the bad things she has done. This contrasts the protagonists appearance as she is wearing a white dress and has blonde hair, which is seen to be pure and innocent. The girl is also giving the audience direct address in order to further connect with the audience and show how the events that occur in the film could also happen to them. Having the title being situated within the middle of the sequence is another convention of an opening sequence as this was done in the majority of past opening sequences in which we looked upon.
  6. 6. This shot is a mid shot and presents the character of the twin who is situated in the middle. The shot delineates the twins reflection as she is supposedly mourning her fathers death. Reflections is another convention of the psychological horror genre and is used to symbolize a split personality in which further shows the girls involvement in the deaths and is also another subliminal clue as to who the murderer is. The reflection of the twin presents a darker lighting which contrasts to the actual setting. Using light and dark to symbolize good and evil is another convention of the genre and as the reflection shows a darker lighting it symbolizes how she has another darker side to her characterisation. The pond itself was a full circle and as her reflection is positioned in the middle of this it further connotes her being trapped in the never ending circle of events and how she has no way out. Another convention is also shown as this shot continues as the camera pans up. Once this happens the audience sees her sad facial expressions as she is ‘mourning’ her father. This lures in the target audience as the twin appears to be in a conflicting state; they are left to decide for themselves whether the character is sad because of her fathers death or because she is at fault. This shot is also presented closer to the house and is beginning to give an insight of the characters lifestyle and the characters themselves and to the audience as the twins character has been established. Throughout our opening sequence we vary from using the shots of the setting for creating a sinister atmosphere and mood to establishing further aspects of the character.
  7. 7. This frame is a long high angle shot. This shot is a further insight to the characters as more are shown within the frame. The other twin is presented and is positioned next to her mother who is dressed in all black as she is mourning her husbands death. The lighting used presents the two characters placed in the light which symbolizes the goodness of them and their innocents. The other twin however is situated in the dark in which further connotes her guilty conscience. As she is separate from the other characters the far proxemics of the characters show how she does not have a close relationship with her mother or her sister which links towards her actions as this is what she wishes to gain. The chain above the chandelier is coiled by a twisted line which challenges the conventions of the genre as normally only straight lines are used; adding towards the twisted connotations and representing the girls current state of mind. There is another subliminal clue to the murderer in this shot as the shadowed image on the newspaper in which delineates the mystery of the killer reflects the angle and position of the girl; further connoting her split personality and responsibility for the death. All circles, lines and reflection references within the shot communicates the danger in the room and contributes to the dark atmosphere. The use of the newspaper in this shot adds further realism to the story as many murder incidents are published in newspapers which thus makes this more relatable to the target audience.
  8. 8. This is a long POV (point of view), high angle shot. This shot gives the audience a further insight to the protagonist of the film as the entire shot is done in her point of view. This was done not only to involve the audience as they see the scene from the girls eyes but also to add a sense of mystery to the atmosphere. Through this shot a new convention of a psychological horror is delineated as the floor shows patterns. Patterns connote the repetition of events and the characters current state of mind. Within the frame more lines are also present which allows the audience to acknowledge the characters trapped psychological state. Seeing the house empty through the characters point of view also allows the audience to visually see the characters isolation from other characters and how she doesn’t have close relationships with them. The position of the two chairs is another foreshadowing aspect as only two characters appear to survive at the end of the film; luring in the target audience further as they aim to know which characters this will be. This shot is another media reference to ‘The Others’ as various banister shots were used within the film. The colours portrayed within the frame also were used to represent the current feelings, emotions and mood of the opening sequence. This includes the blue furniture as blue connotes sadness, the black banister bars as black connotes death and mystery and the red within the floor tiles as this connotes blood and hell.
  9. 9. This shot was delineated towards the end of our opening sequence. Having the director situated at the end of the sequence is a convention of an opening sequence and is done in all opening sequences that we analysed and that influenced ours. The director was normally placed towards the end of the sequence in order to communicate their importance and significance. The frame itself portrays a Superimposition of a newspaper article showing the case of their fathers ‘suicide’ and an image of the house. This image of the house is another POV shot of the girl as she is up in the tree house; communicating the importance of the innocents of children and thus further symbolizes her involvement in his death. The nature shown behind the newspaper adds to the realism of the sequence as suicide and death are daily occurences and the setting placed behind is an image of a normal family home and thus has a higher relation to the current audience. The frame also delineates the various lines of the tree branches and from the tree house in which further denotes the off kilter and trapped connotations.
  10. 10. The final shot is a mid shot of both of the twins. The frame delineates the connotation of reflections and the symbolism of a split personality. Having them both portrayed in the mirror also illuminates their importance in the film as they are in the center of the shot. Both of the girls are views from an over the shoulder shot in which is a new psychological genre convention and symbolizes the characters having something to hide in which links towards the secret that is between them. The twin shown on the left is the innocent one and has been forced into secrecy however is situated in the dark due to her agreement of the keeping the events that have occured to herself. This is represented through her holding the candle closer to her as there is more light presented on her character to connote her innocents. The plats of the twins are also presented in the shot. This is a symbolic representation of the twisted and confused state of mind of the protagonist. The only colour shown in this shot is the flickering colours from the candle and the darkness of the room. This symbolizes how the characters are trapped and engulfed in darkness and the flickering fire effect give the impression of Hell. Hell is very important in our sequence as the characters have a strict catholic religious belief and the reason behind the characters actions is demonic and therefore communicates the importance of the devil in our plot.

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