Convention Explanation Use/Develop/ Challenge Our character is haunted Using – We used this as by a ghost in her home. we made an opening sequence aboutGhosts/Spirits possession which is quite a typical feature. Mysterious things keep Using –We used this on happening to the convention by including character, and as she mystery throughout the becomes aware of this, plot. Mystery these happenings get worse. At the end of film, our Developing – We character is fully developed this because possessed. But during our character is the opening sequence, possessed slowly and is Possession the character has aware of her numerous close possession. encounters with the ghost.
Challenging Conventions.• We challenged the usual stereotypical characters normally used in thriller opening sequences.• This is normally a dumb bimbo type character who tends to be quite clueless which is the opposite of our character.• We challenged the form by breaking the linear narrative by having a flashback in the beginning.
Inspirational Films.• An inspirational film to us was The Ring, and this was because of the lighting used in the film, as it remained consistent and made the film creepy.• This inspired us to use a similar effect in the final draft of our opening sequence.
Inspirational Films.• Another inspirational film was The Haunting In Connecticut, and the inspiration we took from this was the use of slamming doors.• It was also inspiring to see a film set in a haunted building, and this stimulated us to do the same.
Inspirational Films.• Paranormal Activities.• The idea of characters documenting their own experiences was motivating for us all, as it makes the paranormal activities experienced by the character even more scary.
How Our Inspirational Films Challenge Forms.• The most obvious film that challenges forms is paranormal activity. This film completely challenged traditional forms, as the characters documented their entire experience, and you almost lived through it with them as you can see exactly what they can see.
How We Challenge Forms.• We challenge forms through the documentation of our paranormal events. Additionally, throughout our entire planned film, our character would be aware that she is being possessed, and we think that this completely defies how thrillers are usually made. Drew documenting her experiences and the outward manifestations in her home.
Similarities & Differences Between Our Film and Real Films (Forms) Similarities Differences The FilmParanormal Activity • Being aware of • Our character doesn’t possession try to seek help from • Documenting own those specialising in the experiences of paranormal paranormal activity.The Ring • The lighting with our • The character types in opening sequence is The Ring are different to quite similar and has the character types that that blue consistent we use, and the ghost is tinge to make it cold roughly the same age looking and sterile. as the character, not younger.
Typical Conventions Of Thrillers – U/D/C Convention Use/Develop/ Challenge/Not used Ghosts/Spirits It all about the ghosts paranormal activity inside our character’s home. Mystery We develop mystery, because its never clear why the ghost has chosen our character to possess. Obsession Revenge We use this, as our ghost is seeking revenge for an injustice – this is quite typical in thrillers, where an character is seeking revenge (e.g. In Eye For An Eye) Investigation We develop investigation, as our character does a lot of research into what is happening to her as it happens. Mind Games
Similarities & Differences Between Our Film & Real Films (Conventions) Similarities Differences The FilmStir of Echoes •Central character is • Our character is desperate to try and find possessed. However, in what is actually going on Stir of Echoes, the in his home. character isn’t possessed but becomes •Meets the stereotypical a ‘receiver’ accidentally – curious-character type meaning communicates and fits the conventions with ghosts. of a thriller.
Different Stereotypes & Social Groups.Popular Girls Geeks Goths
Who Is Being Represented?• We choose to represent typical teenage students of today, who areinquisitive and curious about everything• This is perfect for us as it enables us to show a vulnerable character,and to then emphasise her transformation during the film as shegrows in her curiosity to find out what is happening to her in herhome.
Our Character vs. Stereotypical Geek Geek glasses Simplistic clothing
How Our Target Audience Can Relate.• Will relate to our character and our portrayal of the stereotypical geek, because of:• 1) Her age 2) Blog she uses to document her information.• Everyone is exposed to social media!
Film Distribution – Our Research.• We made numerous PowerPoints looking at the various distribution companies, which included information about their budgets for films and where they mainly distribute their films to.
Our Research. We all had our favourite option for a distribution company, and we nearly chose Columbia as our distributor as they make many excellent films, such as The Grudge 2...
Our Research.• Lionsgate appealed to us because they worked with Film 4, a company we briefly looked at, and they have made successful thrillers.• Whilst looking at them, we found that... Lionsgate Entertainment own Mandate Pictures who own Ghost House Pictures!
Ghost House Pictures.• The types of films they release:• The Grudge Genre = Horror/Mystery• The Grudge 2 Genre = Horror• The Messenger Genre = Drama/Horror/Thriller• Boogeyman Genre = Drama/Horror/Mystery
Ghost House Pictures• The type of films they release are like the ones that we wish to release, as our film idea is a Thriller with certain qualities of a Horror.• We also looked at the budgets of the films that they make, which also helped us chose them as our distributors.
Age of Our Target Audience.• Aimed at 15+, because the main character in the film is a teenager and audiences tend to enjoy being able to relate to the characters.• This sense of familiarity with the characters will appeal to our target audience and draw them to our film.• Aspects like the blog in our opening sequence, helps attract our target audience as this is something many young people use and are familiar with.
Age of Our Target Audience.• The fast pace action in the film wont appeal to someone of an older generation who is not as active as a younger person.
Gender of Our Target Audience.• We are not aiming our film idea at a specific gender.• This is because our film idea is appealing to both genders as our character is not based on specific stereotypes of a gender.
Location.• We decided to set the opening sequence inside a bedroom.• Our reason for doing this was so that we could use typical teenage surroundings in order to appeal to our young target audience. . Art-deco . Posters . TV . CDs
Social Class of Our Target Audience.• Our idea is aimed at working class to middle class, as this is the character’s class also.• This will attract our target audience because they can identify with the character.• This would be because it is important for the audience to relate to our character, especially with horrors and thrillers.
Ethnicity/nationality.• We did not aim it at a specific ethic group.• We did however aim it at Western parts of the world as they’d be able to relate to it more.
Lifestyle and Hobbies.• Lifestyle: The movie itself is quite slow pace but this doesn’t take away from it’s excitement.• Therefore our target audience would be people who lead an active life and enjoy trills and sitting on the edge of their seat whilst watching a movie.• The mystery and enigma throughout our film will appeal to those who are adventurous which is our target audience.• Hobbies: Those who seek thrills and adrenaline.• Perhaps people who enjoy going to theme parks and on roller coasters.
How They Relate to Our Idea.• The Idea:• Our target audience will be interested in our idea because it is thrilling and exciting and creates mystery (the history behind the house and the ghost).• This will intrigue our audience, because they will want to find out more as only pieces of information are revealed in the opening sequence through the character’s blog.• The unexplained paranormal events that take place will interest people who regularly watch thrillers.
The Form.• Form:• We used very creepy slow tension building music in some parts then fast pace dramatic music to create excitement and lead to a climax.• This will interest our audience because the people we are aiming our film at thrill seekers.• We also want to use quick cutaways to create excitement and build up tension for the audience. E.g. Hand-held camera to real camera.• However will we also used smooth camera movements to build up tension which lead up to the climax at the end.• This will attract our target audience as it creates excitement which will appeal to regular thrill seekers.
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Conventions.• Conventions: We are targeting our film at an audience who regularly watch horrors and thrillers with conventions such as terror and supernatural encounters.• We will intrigue people who enjoy being frightened by films.• We will include ghosts and spirits in order to attract an audience who are interested in supernatural happenings and life after death. (Ghost girl).• We want to satisfy their interest in paranormal activities by including spirits and weird unexplained events such as the TV switching on by itself.
BBFC & Rating. We looked at the various ratings and the guidelines that came with those ratings, and decided that are opening sequence was certainly a 15. Here is why we ruled out the other ratings: BBFC Rating ReasonU Our film idea has more than mild violence in it, and there is more than a significant threat.PG It isn’t suitable for family viewing, as it has more than mild-moderate violence in it, and would scare the younger viewers a considerable amount.12 It is inappropriate for 12 year olds, as the content in our film idea is quite scary, and we have a considerable amount of violence in the planned film idea.12A We won’t limit the eventual violence seen on screen, and the effects of blood and gore are seen on screen.15 We have occasional sadistic violence in the entire film, and the violence is shown on screen. Additionally, we would overlap between horror, violence and language and this makes our film appropriate for this classification.18 Our film idea certainly isn’t a 18, as we don’t have sexually explicit material, and although violence is shown, it isn’t gory violence.