CONVENTIONS OFTHE THRILLERGENRETHRILLER MOVIES AIM TO CREATE SUSPENSE, TENSION ANDEXCITEMENT FOR THE AUDIENCE.THRILLERS HE...
SUB-GENRES• CRIME THRILLER• PSYCOLOGICAL THRLLER• SPY THRILLER• ACTION THRILLER• SUPERNATURAL THRILLER
WHAT MAKES ATHRILLER GENRE?• CONVENTIONAL CHARACTERS: THE PROTAGONIST(HERO), THE ANTAGONIST(VILLAIN), THE INNOCENT VICTIMS...
MUSIC/SOUND• THE SOUND/MUSIC IS A IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THRILLER FILM, THE TYP E OFMUSIC OR SOUND USED GIVES THE THRILLER G...
LIGHTING• LIGHTING IS ANOTHER MAIN ELEMENT THAT IS IMPORTANT IN A THRILLER MOVIE.• LOW-KEY LIGHTING IS MOST LIKELY TO BE U...
CAMERAANGLES/MOVEMENTS• SOME CAMERA MOVEMENTS ALSO MAKE THE AUDIENCE FEEL TENSE AND ALSOHELPS TO MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE THEY ...
MIRRORS• MIRRORS ARE CONVECTION OF THRILLER FILMS AS IT PORTRAYS THEREFLECTION OF SOMEONES SOUL. THIS MAKES THE AUDIENCE F...
FLASHBACKS• FLASHBACKS ARE USED IN THRILLER MOVIES TO CREATE A FEELING OF TIMEDISORIENTATION. WHICH CAN LEAVE THE AUDIENCE...
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Conventions of the thriller genre

  1. 1. CONVENTIONS OFTHE THRILLERGENRETHRILLER MOVIES AIM TO CREATE SUSPENSE, TENSION ANDEXCITEMENT FOR THE AUDIENCE.THRILLERS HEAVILY STIMULATE THE VIEWERS MOODS GIVING THEM AHIGH LEVEL OF ANTICIPATION, HEIGHTENED EXPECTATION,UNCERTAINTY, SURPRISE, ANXIETY AND TERROR. THRILLER FILMS TENDTO BE ADRENALINE-RUSHING.
  2. 2. SUB-GENRES• CRIME THRILLER• PSYCOLOGICAL THRLLER• SPY THRILLER• ACTION THRILLER• SUPERNATURAL THRILLER
  3. 3. WHAT MAKES ATHRILLER GENRE?• CONVENTIONAL CHARACTERS: THE PROTAGONIST(HERO), THE ANTAGONIST(VILLAIN), THE INNOCENT VICTIMS, CHARACTERS WITH DARK PASTS, PSYCHOTICINDIVIDUALS, TERRORISTS AND SPIES.• THE HERO IS OFTEN AN OUTSIDER, ISOLATED AND SECRETIVE.• THE NARRATIVE USUALLY REVOLVES AROUND A PUZZLE OR THE INVESTIGATIONOF AN ENIGMA.• IT KEEPS THE AUDIENCE CLIFF-HANGING AT THE "EDGE OF THEIR SEATS" AS THEPLOT BUILDS TOWARDS A CLIMAX. PLOT TWISTS AND CLIFF-HANGERS ARE USEDEXTENSIVELY. A THRILLER IS USUALLY A VILLAIN-DRIVEN PLOT, WHEREBY HE ORSHE PRESENTS OBSTACLES THAT THE PROTAGONIST MUST OVERCOME .• THE ENIGMA OR PUZZLE IS USUALLY SOLVED BY THE END OF THE FILM BY THEPROTAGONIST.• VIOLENCE AND CRIME IS CENTRAL TO MOST THRILLERS.• IT OFTEN REVEALS THE WORKINGS OF PARTICULAR INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THEPOLICE, THE ARMY OR THE GOVERNMENT.• SOMETIMES THE ANTAGONIST IDENTITY IS KEPT A SECRET UNTIL THE VERY ENDOF THE MOVIE, LIKE IN THE MOVIE SE7EN.• TENSION IS DEPENDENT ON A THRILLER MOVIE AS IT CREATES AN IMPACT ON THEFILM, TENSION IS NEEDED IN A THRILLER MOVIE SO THAT THE AUDIENCE ISFOCUSED ON THE MOVIE AND HAS A INTEREST IN IT.
  4. 4. MUSIC/SOUND• THE SOUND/MUSIC IS A IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THRILLER FILM, THE TYP E OFMUSIC OR SOUND USED GIVES THE THRILLER GENRE MORE MEANING.• NON-DIEGETIC MUSIC/SOUNDS THAT PLAY IN THE BACKGROUND MAKES UP T HEATMOSPHERE OF THE SCENE.• SOME THRILLER FILMS USE THE SILENCE TECHNIQUE WHICH BUILDS UPTENSION.• IN MOST THRILLER MOVIES THERE IS THE ‘CALM BEFORE THE STORM’, TH ISBUILDS UP THE TENSION UP TO THE FOCAL EVENT WHICH MEANS THATSOMETHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN.FOR EXAMPLE THE MUSIC STARTS OFF SLOW AND CALM AND THE MOVEMENT OFTHE CHARACTERS IS ALSO SLOW. BUT THEN AS THE MOVEMENTS GETS FAST ERTHE TEMPO BUILDS UP AND SPEEDS UP TO THE TENSION, MATCHING THE A CTIONIN THE SCENE. THUS MAKING IT DRAMATIC.
  5. 5. LIGHTING• LIGHTING IS ANOTHER MAIN ELEMENT THAT IS IMPORTANT IN A THRILLER MOVIE.• LOW-KEY LIGHTING IS MOST LIKELY TO BE USED IN A THRILLER MOVIE, THIS ISBECAUSE IT CREATES THE MISE-EN-SCENE.• THE USE OF SHADOWS THROUGH LIGHTING IS A CONVENTION OF THRILLERMOVIES.• SOMETIMES SHADOWS REPRESENT EVIL AND DARKNESS WITHIN PEOPLE IN ATHRILLER MOVIE.• SHADOWS CREATE AN EERIE ATMOSPHERE
  6. 6. CAMERAANGLES/MOVEMENTS• SOME CAMERA MOVEMENTS ALSO MAKE THE AUDIENCE FEEL TENSE AND ALSOHELPS TO MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE THEY ARE ACTUALLY IN THE FILM. FOREXAMPLE WHEN THE CAMERA MOVES THE CAMERA ABOUT, THEY TRY TO MIMI CTHE CHARACTERS BREATHING. THIS CAN BE SHOWN IN THE OPENING SEQUE NCEOF THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, WHEN JASON BOURNE WAKES UP IN HIS BEDAFTER A NIGHTMARE AND BEGINS TO HEAVILY BREATHE.• ANOTHER CAMERA MOVEMENT IS TRACKING, THIS IS A FAST PACED CAMERAMOVEMENT, ALSO KNOWN AS A DOLLY SHOT. THIS TYPE OF SHOT HAS BEENUSED IN ACTION THRILLER FILMS WHEN THE CAMERA IS QUICKLY TRACKINGALONG A FIGHT SCENE. CAMERA MOVEMENTS LIKE THIS EXHILARATES THEAUDIENCE.• CLOSE UPS AND EXTREME CLOSE UPS IS ANOTHER CONVECTION OF THRILLE RGENRE FILMS. THESE SHOT SIZES SHOW THE CHARACTERS FACIAL EXPRESS ION
  7. 7. MIRRORS• MIRRORS ARE CONVECTION OF THRILLER FILMS AS IT PORTRAYS THEREFLECTION OF SOMEONES SOUL. THIS MAKES THE AUDIENCE FEEL UNEAS YAND CREATES A CLAUSTROPHOBIC FEELING.• MIRRORS CAN ALSO REPRESENT TO SHOW DARKNESS AND EVIL IN A CHARACTER.• THE FILM ‘MIRRORS’ IS A EXAMPLE OF THIS.
  8. 8. FLASHBACKS• FLASHBACKS ARE USED IN THRILLER MOVIES TO CREATE A FEELING OF TIMEDISORIENTATION. WHICH CAN LEAVE THE AUDIENCE FEELING CONFUSED.• FLASHBACK ARE SOMETIMES USED IN A IMPORTANT SCENE IN A THRILLER MOVIEAS IT GIVE THE AUDIENCE INSIGHT ABOUT THE CHARACTERS PAST.• AN EXAMPLE ON A MOVIE THAT RELIES ON THE FLASHBACKS IS MEMENTO
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