ConventionsOur main task combined the same fragments associated with thriller genres. These include whatcamera angles and movements, lighting, sound and editing you use. These are all veryimportant because with the right camera angles and movements, lighting, sound and editing youcan shape a movie into a good thriller. For example…Camera Angles/Movements:- Low angle, point of view, extremeclose up shots, panningmovements.Lighting:- Low key and under lighting.Sound:- Ambient, dark, slow and lowsounds or music.Editing:- Sharp cuts.These help to create emotion and suspense while creating a frightening and an eerieatmosphere.
ConnotationsIn our main task we also took in color connotations into consideration.For Example…- At the beginning of our piece Yas is wearing a red jacket. Red symbolizes strength aswell as danger, it also symbolizes strong emotions.- She shows strength by saying that they need to get to the border as she promised thatshe would keep her friend Sofia safe.- She shows strong emotions by getting upset but still not giving up. They’re in dangerbecause someone is after them and they’re all alone.- Sofia is wearing a black jacket. Black symbolizes fear and sadness.- She shows fear and sadness because she’s also frightened. Sadness because they’relost and still have a long time to get to the border.
Research- After considering different storylines and genres we decided to create a horror/thriller openingsequence.- We had a lot of different ideas for the project; we looked at different film companies and their titles.- Our group looked into ‘Rogue Pictures’ they produce ‘high-quality suspense, action, thrillers andurban features with mainstream appeal and franchise potential’.- We looked at 4 different trailers from the many titles of Rogue Pictures; these include, The Return, TheUnborn, The road The Strangers and Cry Wolf.- Each of these trailers had a lot of common, but the sound used in each trailer had the mostsimilarities. It’s very dark, mysterious and sharp. It also contains a lot of non-diegetic sound, forexample, screams and quick breaths. There are also times in the trailers where it goes quiet andsuddenly there’s a loud noise or a scream etc.- We created a questionnaire to gather information of what genres people mostly enjoy watching,how many times they watch movies and what they expected from horror/thriller movies.
Planning- We gathered all the different information from our research, this includesquestionnaires and watching different trailers.We thought of a storyline and then we decided where it would take place, how manypeople were going to be in the film, what props and costumes, what camera anglesand movements would be suitable etc.- Originally we were all going to act in our project, however it was then decided thattwo people would be enough (Yas and Sofia.)- Two young females making their way to the border.- They would be wearing rough jeans and big jackets and boots as it is cold and as itwas set in a barn. Make-up would include messy hair and messy eye make-up.- Not many props were used except from a block of wood to start off our openingsequence as we wanted to focus on the two young females all alone desperate to getto the border and see their families again.
In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms andconventions of real life media?During the process of creating our media, our product has used and developedtypical conventions from a typical thriller film. This is to enforce the fact that thisis a thriller film. Those following conventions (as mentioned before) are, darklighting, dark theme, stereotypes of characters and setting, and creatingenigma. We decided to change our film from being a typical thriller movie. Wewanted to challenge the stereotypes and decided to use two females as themain characters rather than like in most thrillers where the females are alwaysseen to be the more vulnerable ones who are in need of help.Sub genres are often used in thrillers which are for example, crime, action,psychological etc. We wanted out film to be very mysterious so that youwouldnt be able to tell just from the opening which subgenre it fits into, whichwould only make it more interesting for the audience as they would want towatch more. I think the fact that our opening doesnt give to much away onlymakes the viewer want to carry on watching as they want to find out why orwhat something is happening. We thought one very effective way of doing thiswas to include a Voice-over. Our voice over gives a very rough idea that thegirls seem to be running away from someone or something and towardssomething else, the border. Yet the Voice-over doesnt give away why, or how.It keeps the suspense going as the audience isnt sure as to why they arerunning away.
The isolated location is often a convention of a thriller movie. We knew straight awaywhen we found our location that it would be perfect for our type of genre that wewere filming. An isolated location creates more tension as if anything were tohappen, there is no one to help you. This makes our characters more vunerable,especially as they do not know the area themselves, it makes the whole thing seemmore dangerous, and increases the audiences fear.In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge formsand conventions of real life media?
How does your media productrepresent a particular social group? Teenagers, in our type of genre that we have chosen, thrillers,especially females, are usually seen as being the ones who are naive,oblivious, and insecure of whats happening around them. Our productrepresents the social group of girls. Stereotypically they are portrayedas vulnerable, and their inability to defend or be able to look afterthemselves. These stereotypes increase the fear of the audience as itkeeps them on guard thinking the girls will live up to their stereotype. In our opening, we decided to challenge this stereotype. Instead ofusing two male characters, we decided to open our film with twofemale characters. The beginning alone where one of the girls istalking to the camera about their journey, demonstrates andintroduces you to the the fact these girls have been surviving forweeks, therefore challenging the stereotype that girls are weaker, andunable to protect themselves, as our characters have been doing justso.
What kind of media institution might distributeyour media product and why?Realistically, our media product is most probably not likely to be a major movieblockbuster. We are really happy with our outcome however it does not compareto professional productions, as we dont have a big budget, Hollywood a listactors, a short time scale, or the highest quality cameras.The most realistic way of distributing this movie would be an Internet release.Nowadays, people our age, our target audience, mostly watch films onlineanyways, whether its on YouTube, Netflix, or even illegal sites. We would look intouploading it onto sharing sites such a YouTube or vimeo. Doing this would make itworld wide accessible, and people can share it, but without promotion from a biginstitution company, it is unlikely to receive many views.If our film was to be distributed, our chosen institution would be Rogue Pictures. Asmentioned in our initial research on all of our blogs, Rogue pictures, has around 25titles under its name with films, there disperse, "high-quality suspense, action, thrillerand urban features with mainstream appeal and franchise potential". We thoughtthis was the perfect one for us as they only release genres as already mentioned.They have movies such as Hot Fuzz, The Strangers etc.. Under their name.
Who would be the audiencefor your media product? We feel like our main target audience is aged 15- 35. Film Classification.- As a group we classified our film as a 15. this was well thought out from the beginning. We knew our film wouldn’t be child friendly as (in the opening AND the rest of the film) therewould be scenes of violence, moderate language and crime. So to find out what would be asuitable classification we went to the British Board of Film Classification website this was reallyinteresting as we found out lots more about other ratings too. 12A or 15? We weren’t sure whether it would come under a 12A or 15. However we were looking at thedifferences between 12′s and 15′s and it was clear that although a 12 allows some allowance forpuns on strong language, aggressive uses of strong language may result in a film or DVD to beplaced at the 15 category. Another point we found is, in a 12 there should be no emphasis oninjuries or blood, but in our storyline for our film there will be bloody scenes and violence.
How did we attract/address out audience. Thriller When we sent out our questionnaire most people By using actors our audience age By using a hand help camera
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIESFROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THISPRODUCT?I think, as a group we have definitely learnta lot throughout the process of creating outopening. When we first started on ourpreliminary task, Sofia, Magda and Emilyhad never edited before. We all knew howto use a camera, but we were never awayof certain rules you have to follow, forexample, the 180° rule.. Which we happento have broken in our preliminary! Onceeveryone in the group had grasped how toto do this, we found everything prettystraight forward.
LightsOne of the difficulties we faced was with the lighting. As we werefilming in a closed environment, the barn didnt allow us tomake the scene look as dark as we wanted it to as there werelots of gaps in the roof which we couldnt reach that was lettinglight through, so we found it hard to create that dark settings tocreate the mood. I think if we were to do this again, we wouldhave to find a way to cover the gaps and holes and create acontrolled lighting environment with artificial lights. I think mostof our shots do look effective, we wanted them to look cold, andnot very colourful to create a dark and mysterious atmosphere.
Progression from the preliminary Script.What was our preliminary task?The preliminary task was the first time in experiencing in depth filming.For some of us it was our first time writing editing as well.Since the Preliminary we have improved our script work and editing and it has come through on our endproduct of our film opening.As a group we feel we have mainly improved with filming.We thought more about mise en scene.Over all we feel we have progressed a lot since the preliminary task.