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Evaluation Media Cw

  1. 1. Thriller have been famous for creating a suspenseful, adrenaline-pumping experience for the audiences. They aim to fulfil the feeling of fear and anxiety. Mainly, the feeling of fear and the urge to want to “sit on the end of your seat” is the seen as the most important key of achieving a successful thriller. However, there are many things I have learnt whilst doing this project, thrillers are not as easy as they look, there are many things you need to do to ensure that your communicating the right message to the audiences, this includes, realism. If your movie does not seem real, the audiences are not going to have such an interest to it, we decided to use dark locations and not add much non-realistic material such as different effects of black and white or “mirrors”, so we kept it simple. Other factors are, tension and suspense this can be achieved through creaky doors, dark lighting, positioning the actor/actress in a way that can be effectively sending the audience the message that they are a danger. For example, we had a scene where we filmed Sadek coming from behind the curtains and panned the camera up. This was done to give the audience the feeling that they are looking up towards this person. It changes the individual shot immensely because the audience feel they are part of the experience and they are the ones being looked down upon compared to Sadek who is looked up to, this encourages more realism and the audience are manipulated into viewing more. There are many factors to create the essence of fear, things such as, violence and the scenes of blood to increase the tension and realism of the horrors, music plays a vital role in dropping hints that something is about to happen as it usually builds up before a dramatic scene. We did achieve the music by duplicating it several times so that the same eerier sound would play throughout Sadek’s psycho scene in the beginning, to build up more tension, by letting the audience get used to the sound and believe that something will happen to make them jump. Many would say that a thriller is just a scary movie, usually filled with some scenes of violence and a theme to make someone jump.
  2. 2. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?  Martin Ruben however argues that the thriller is not just one genre, it is a “meta-genre” therefore it has an umbrella of different genres to it. These include, silent serials, crime and violence, stalker films, psychological, sci-fi, yet all thrillers seem to have one element that stays the same> life being challenged, so some sort of danger about to happen. From older directors such as Alfred Hitchcock who filmed “Psycho” in 1960 who notoriously created the famous scene of the “shower gory death”, to the more recent directors such as Quentin Tarantino, “Kill Bill” where action, drama, thriller and crime is mixed creating the memorable storyline of a woman seeking revenge of her boss and killing anyone in her way, demonstrates the wide variety of thrillers there are. Also directors such as Christopher Nolan who directed the mysterious, psychological thriller titled “Memento” which came to be a very unusual yet intriguing film. Many commented on it being “An unforgettable trip into the mind of a man with no memory” to which I agree on as it is very challenging to understand at first, but later on you get more into it.  Memento was a huge inspiration towards creating our own film as we wanted to give the audience the effect of confusion and mystery. The fact that we filmed Sadek in the dark room and switched it to a more different location where there was a lot of light immediately, made the audiences more lost, therefore this makes them stay hooked onto the storyline to find out more. This was also shown effectively in Memento, when there are fast cuts of scenes as we are introduced to his flashbacks in black and white whilst the reality is portrayed in colour.  It was very hard to create a very flowing piece of work as we had to control all the shots and frames, the occasional shots of panning and following the character made the camera feel like it was a person spying on Sadeks actions.
  3. 3. How does your media product represent particular social groups?  The audiences have been interested in teenager horror storylines because they have been a great way of demonstrating the “innocent, vulnerable” nature of the teenage youth. By including them in thrillers this enables the audiences to experience the horrors with them and feel like is an unfair, unexpected attack that can happen to anyone. Young people have not got the full experience of being safe on the streets, things such as getting followed then kidnapped as a storyline come frequently as it is a very unexpected moment which also happens in reality, so audiences feel it is more real and use it as something to relate it to. Thrillers are also a good way of giving out morals, as it gets our minds set of the dangers around us and after watching a film like “Romeo Brass” for example, we are more aware of people such as Morell, having two sides to them. We tried to do this in our film by presenting Sadek as the two-faced sort of psycho immediately. By introducing the whole clip with him opening the door and entering a very dark and vague room, the audiences don’t take such a positive “liking” effect on him, but by switching the clip to light when he it outside and talks to me more calmly by saying “I miss you”, it creates this contrast ensuring that the audiences understand that you never know what a person can be like, as they can act different to what they seem to be. It also makes me look like the innocent, vulnerable one, as the audiences have seen what he does behind closed doors and I am obviously oblivious to it all. The fact that we were asked to do a opening was a good idea as it created the sense of a cliff-hanger at the end, so the audiences were more interested in what was going to happen next and could determine whether or not they would want to watch more.  Due to research, 78% of people picked horror as the main topic to thrillers that they would enjoy this shows that thrillers are still a very exciting genre that audiences are interested in viewing. Many people go to see horror movies to get an adrenaline rush and enjoy the feeling of shocking disgusting images, films such as “Saw” demonstrate this. People have a fear of blood, the whole gory concept of stabbing someone is very classic but boring. “Saw” demonstrates the different sorts of killing methods, examples of “wires” and specific traps which captures the audiences interest more as they want to know what these strange contraptions are made of we made sure that Sadek ripping my picture was an effective way to show that there is going to be element of revenge shown.
  4. 4. How does your media product represent particular social groups?  Our film was aimed at teenagers as we wanted it to explore the complicated relationships as well as the bad “horrific” side of people that some people do not notice. Mainly teenagers go through the phase of relationships were they are just meeting up with people and not settling down to serious commitment, we made this unclear in our film because we only filmed extremely short shots of Sadek and mine’s conversation so that the audience know less. Sticking to the rule of “less is more”, we were able to show that there will obviously be something unusual going on.  We starred Sadek as the psycho as men are usually more likely to be the killers in thrillers, as they have the urge to kill to satisfy their needs.  Sadek seems to be around 18-19 which makes the audiences relate to him if they are around that age as well. By being able to view what is going on, audiences can make their links and assumptions. Example when he slides his hand along the photo this could be a way of demonstrating his complete obsessions towards me.  We didn’t focus on including a variety of different ethnic mixes, although we would have done later on in the film, mainly we used two characters a female and a male to just create a hint of to leave the audiences questioning “Who are they?”., “Why are they not together?””Why is he reacting that way?” sparking off curiosity.  I think overall, audiences expect a twist of events and the need to be shocked by something. Music creates tensions and people are more aware of something about to happen.
  5. 5. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? I think our film would be good to screen at British cinemas such as DNA films who  sponsored such films as “28 Weeks Later” which I personally thought was a brilliant way of presenting a raging virus as the story not only kept the audience interested but it also made it very realistic in terms of the battling emotions the characters has to convey of fear, lost hope and love. Our film is not completely bold but it doesn’t have the same sort of element that a Hollywood theme based cinema would expect as our film offers a more different outlook to thrillers. I would suggest that if we were to have continued our short film, we could have expanded our knowledge on the different storylines that other Thrillers offer and perhaps combined all the thriller aspects into it. “Mum and Dad” (2008) film is directed by Steven Sheil because of its £100K budget limit,  set in the Christmas period when families are together and enjoy the spirit of Christmas, this film tastes a feisty twist as critics say it is “A genuinely solid shocker”. There are many scenes that have become famously known especially the scene of the father pleasuring himself on a piece of meat. “28 Days later” (2002) was created by award winning director Danny Boyle, this was a  very low budget film capturing the complete chaos of a world against man scenario, where infection of “zombies” spreads through gory bites on the human body mainly the neck. By making the films a bit more cheaper, audiences are more interested in seeing them, no-one wants to see a film that is expensive unless they think it to be worth the time and money. Seeing as our opening is low-budget I think Independent cinemas such as “Odeon” are  good at screening the movie as it is the largest cinema chain in the UK, with over one hundred cinemas. ODEON entertain more people in the UK than any other cinema chain accounting for nearly a third of all tickets sold in the UK. Before it was name the UCI but due to wanting to expand, they changed their name to ODEON.
  6. 6. Who would be the audience for your media product?  Judging by our film, I think we are more likely to have teenagers watch our movies because we do include the teenager problems of life such as relationships or friendships, and teenagers sometimes some to a crisis point in their lives where they are unknown to what may come next in their life. Balancing studying with work and being “mini” adults, they are perceived to be more vulnerable therefore audiences find it more pleasing when innocence is dragged into danger as they want to see how the “problems” are solved. In this case, I am seen as the innocent person, whilst Sadek is seen as the more guilty and “weird” as he is dressed in a blue (doctors) long jacket that can be symbolical of him being a freak. By using him as a nerd, adding glasses and this strict formal clothing it also adds hints of him being mentally unstable. Why would such an educated person as himself be in a dark room obsessing over pictures?  Even in Books such as The Terrorist Caroline B. Cooney teenagers are more likely to seek revenge as their actions sometimes are not as mature. Caroline’s book is about a 16 year old American teenager who seeks revenge and answers to who killer her brother who died of a terrorist attack. The storylines are mainly based on deaths or some sort of reality where situations are extremely confusing and to work it out you have to read on. So there if the sense that the cliffhanger effect is also ideal to keep the audiences interested. We made sure in our opening that we gave away as little information as possible to leave the audiences wanting to more. The use of little flashbacks was used to create the effect of what will happen after or to give the audiences a hint of what the storyline is actually about.  I thought that the audience would mainly be under 29, and above 13 or 14, as they are the sort of age groups that enjoy watching psychological thrillers about young adults (teens or early 20s).  So our film would convey a lot of ideas to the audiences of what could surround them and how some people cannot be trusted at times.
  7. 7. How did you attract/address your audience?  I think the start of our movie is a really good way of luring the audiences in to try and figure what could possible be going on. The fact that you get a scene of Sadek opening the door immediately props questions such as “Where does this door lead to?”, “Who is he?”, “What is he doing?” and I believe that it what makes a good thriller-the intention to keep asking questions and to keep the story alive so that the audiences don’t get bored of it so easily.  There are have been cases in reality where people have had some sort of obsession with celebrities, in our film we are trying to convey that same sort of obsession but through Sadek as he is obsessing with the love of his life.  There have been many psychological thrillers such as “Silence of the Lambs” where Clarice Starling has an interview with ex psychiatrist Dr Hannibal who is also a cannibal, this film was effective especially in the beginning when she was running as we felt more uncomfortable already. We tried to create the same effect with Sadek in the dark room in the beginning opening the creaky door to give the audiences the sense that something was going to happen, yet by switching it to the next scene, it seems like a lucky escape, this is shown as well in “Silence of the Lambs” as the camera follows her running through a forest and the music keeps building up so we get the idea that she is going to get attacked severely yet it switches to the scene of her entering and office to speak to a member about her case.  Thriller elements of suspense, tensions and continuity is very key to making the audiences believe its real and enjoy the genre more. However, this was hard to obtain as we only had 2 mins to get an opening.  We started off our opening with more storylines than one, the problem with that being, it got too confusing and people lost an interest to it, in the end after editing it looked like a trailer. So by cutting out the other storylines, focusing on one we were able to construct a more reasonable piece of work where more questions were to be asked.
  8. 8. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?  I have learnt a lot about filming. At first, I thought it was pretty simple yet it actually is not. Proud to say, I’ve learnt to switch the camera on as it did seem like a challenge finding what the buttons mean. The shots were more easier to maintain but to make it successful there has to be a lot of thought put into it.  Shots such as the close ups of feet walking up the stairs to gather a “creaky floor” effect were quite hard as I had to hold the camera as still as possible and pan to the right, following Sadek’s shoes.  The characters had to make sure to focus and portray the right sort of facial expression so for pain, by screwing your face up into a way that was more easier for the audiences to understand the emotions. Also how the camera moves slowly to the danger and seems to let the music flow, encourages a more scarier feel to the whole scenes.  I think planning is a very important element to making sure that everything is in order. So more time needed to be spent on it to ensure that we could have more choices in what we wanted to do and a variety of camera shots to choose from so we could communicated different or similar messages to the audiences.
  9. 9. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product? It was much easier to act out the scenarios but more difficult to capture  the specific moments on film as you want to capture the most crucial moments and thinks such as murmuring or pauses create a more eerier surrounding so people feel more tense and scared. There were a few technical difficulties because when we filmed and went  back to seeing it, the parts we filmed were usually in between certain time intervals, when we filmed Sadek’s death we realised that it gave away too much of the storyline and made the opening look like the ending with credits, so therefore we decided to not go along with it. The process of actually constructing a good piece of work relies entirely  on team work, having patience and being able to plan everything carefully. I think we all learnt a lesson that being able to communicated ideas and share them alongside each other will make us have a good piece of work in the end.
  10. 10. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?  Our preliminary task was a great wake up call for me, we decided to go with the storyline of a chav female mother {me} with her children facing up to the death of her husband. 1) We picked the location at the last minute, the classroom, and it didn’t seem  realistic at all, so we made sure that when we filmed the thriller opening we had to choose a location that created hints to the audiences and made it feel much more realistic.  2) We had many retakes which was good as we had more clips to choose from in the end when editing, however camera angles were not so good as sometimes we would break the 360 degree rules especially in the beginning when trying to film the whole family sitting around the table.  3)There were many instances of the shaky effect too, although we tried to keep the camera steady, it was hard to walk around with it and keep all the shots and frames in tact.  4) Speech is very important in determining that the audiences can actually understand what the story is about. However, due to this storyline being completely negative and sad, we decided to speak more quietly, but learnt that it was hard to speak quietly and get heard by the camera at the same time, therefore had to speak up.  5) By being able to experiment with many shots, we were able to choose what shots we were going to do for the final piece, shots such as following a character like when the camera panned to characters reactions in the preliminary task and when Sadek was walking around the table the camera panned to his reaction.  By Yana 12KKE

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