Cast, Costume, Prop and Location AnalysisCastWith our cast we followed some of the horror movie conventions. The lead character,Sam is a girl (final girl) which is common of horror movies she is also a virginal, geekwho is always good she also has a unisex name like many other lead girls in horrormovies (i.e. Sidney in Scream). There is also her promiscuous best friend Ava who isovertly sexy and flirty, in horror movies the ‘slutty’ girl is always the first to die, sowe incorporated this into our trailer. Then we have Ava’s boyfriend Jared andMichelle, we wanted the majority of characters to be girls.CostumeSam’s costume is going to be very modest and conservative to coincide with hercharacter and personality. Ava is going to be wearing provocative sexy clothes. Therest of the characters will be wearing modern, contemporary clothes that are commonamongst teenagers.Props We obtained this image of an Ouija board from Google and decided to use it in out trailer. This is because it will look more realistic than if we tried to make a real Ouija board out of cardboard. With this, all we need are some playing cards and some candles for it to look both realistic and create an eerie, mysterious and suspenseful atmosphere.The other props we are using are cigarettes and alcohol. These arecommon things that are related with teenagers of this age. So to make itrealistic and relevant we decided to have shots with the teenagerssmoking and drinking.
Naima’s character Sam has a handheld camera which we used to shoot the hand-heldscenes of the trailer. Since our trailers is a mix of scream and the Blair witch projectwe needed to incorporate the hand-held element into out trailer. Sam is holding it inthe scenes that we shoot with a steady camera. It also highlightshow youths today are very technologically savvy.LocationThe trailer is going to be set in the school; a school is where children are meant to feelsafe, and is a place where they are educated and nurtured. So we thought it would beeffective for it to be the setting for them to be tormented. Also our target audience isteenagers and since many of them go to school they can also relate to the teenagers inthe trailer. Also the Victorian style of the school creates an eerie scary atmospherewhich is perfect for the trailer. We are shooting in the long dark corridors, the atticand the gym which is big and very dark.