Kate’s house would be the perfect setting for a horror<br />We both like the horror/thriller genre and already had basic knowledge of conventions<br />We focused on the following films for ideas<br />Texas Chainsaw Massacre<br />Haunting in Connecticut<br />Tormented<br />Where did our ideas/inspiration come from?<br />
Watched existing horror trailers<br />Research into production/distribution companies of horror films gave us ideas of what style we were aiming for. <br />20th Century Fox specializes in independent, British films and horror<br />E.g.The Hills Have Eyes, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later.<br />Research into similar texts...<br />
Identified differences between teaser trailers and movie trailer<br />Listed conventions of horror trailers: narration, indents, mix between continuity and montage editing, build up of tension/change in mood, sound effects<br />
Kate’s basement enabled us to have control over lighting and mis en scene because it’s original decor hasn’t been altered.<br />There are few windows; this made it a perfect location for the scarier scenes because we didn’t have to wait for it to get dark to achieve the same eerie effect.<br /> Our films set in a rural environment emphasised by shots of fields and streams. This creates isolation which is something that’s featured in many horror films.<br />Locations, mis en scene...<br />
We used a strobe for many scenes because it added a sense of disorientation and gives a stormy atmosphere.<br />Clips have a harsh, artificial blue tinge, rather than soft yellow light.<br />Candles were used as part of the mis-en-scene but the shadows created gave an eerie effect.<br />Most of our sound will be added in post-filming (non-diegetic) to enhance mood and create atmosphere.<br />Sound, lighting...<br />
We tried to vary the angles and shots to distort the audiences point of view and create different effects.<br />In horror trailers the shots are rarely static; action or drama is enhanced by camera movement.<br />Camera shots, movement, angles...<br />
We’ve used montage editing – common in horror trailers – and quick shots to speed up the pace and enhance dramatic scenes.<br />The fades at the beginning of the film add to the creepy atmosphere and also signify a shift in time.<br />Frequent cuts towards the end build tension and aid the climax of the whole trailer. <br />Editing...<br />
Rural area: countryside is represented as lonely and isolated. A large, old mansion is associated with paranormal/eerie activity, foreshadowing the events that follow. The aged appearance of the buildings in horror film hint at an evil past.<br />Teenage girls: lack of intuition, perceived as ‘air heads’, focal point for ‘male’ audience, <br />Representation<br />
Young adults<br />Male – attracted by female characters<br />Female – identify with the female characters<br />People interested in horror films<br />Audience<br />
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