Assignment 15: Research Chelsea Fashole-Luke Laura Cuk Rosie Zein
Chelsea Fashole-Luke – 7357Laura Cuk – 7341Rosie Zein – 7479
Inspiration from real film opening sequences Se7en Montage style opening sequence. Enigmas areCast names flickering on a black presented to thescreen, emphasises the sinister audience, as to whoatmosphere of the sequence. this character is.
Inspiration from real film opening sequencesZombieland Starts with a close up of an American flag and a narrators voice can be heard. Cinema Verite – handheld camera style and direct address towards the camera.
Zombieland Enigmas created – the audience wants to know the country got into the state of being known as ‘Zombieland’. The titles are interactive with the images of the opening sequence. For example, the letters in the names are affected by the movement of the characters.
Inspiration from real film opening sequencesTo Kill A Mocking Bird http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/to- kill-a-mockingbird/ Close up shot of a box – the audience does not yet know what the contents are.
Creates an enigma because the audience doesn’t know what the film is about, and the childlike imagery of crayons and the lullaby-like music inThe title of the film is the background contrasts withdisplayed as part of the the harsh title of ‘To Kill Adiegesis of the film. The Mocking Bird’.child prints in the wordsonto the paper. Montage style opening sequence, with names and credits displayed over the images. Each shot fades into the next.
Real film opening sequence ‘Psycho’My inspiration from this film opening sequence is the use of the tense music. Theviolins made the opening sequence give a sense of anticipation. The use of the dark background gave off a gothic mood. The style of the credits/fonts come across the screen and fix the letter together.
Real film opening sequence ‘Se7en’This films opening sequence was inspirational because it used the conventionfrom a thriller and that is montage editing. The style of the credits/ fonts are flickering on and off of the screen. The style of the opening sequence is enigmatic. It makes the audience curious as to what the character is doing throughout the sequence.
Inspiration from real film opening sequencesSucker Punch : My thoughts on the opening scene.. I liked it because it was very dark and sinister. It introduces the main character and creates enigmas like what happens to the girl after she is taken away? I liked how the sound combined with the video created an intense atmosphere and the volume control was used really well.
Inspiration from real films Hard CandyStory/plot/theme:- Online social interaction- Control over another character- Emotional manipulation
Inspiration from real films MiseryStory/plot/theme:- Obsessiveness- Captivity- Stalking of a person
Inspiration from real films The Social NetworkStory/plot/theme:- The making of a social network- Life changing invention- Online interaction
Inspiration from real films Characters: Hayley Stark (Ellen Paige). With the consideration of the age of the character, her representation connotes her vulnerability. This stereotype is challenged because she soon appears to be the more dominant role in the end. The colour used in this scene was very sterileHard Candy
Inspiration from real filmsFatal Attraction This is a thriller film about a married man’s one night stand comes back to haunt him. That lover become obsessed with him and begins to stalk him and his family. After the man continues to reject this ‘lover’ her rage becomes more intense and starts to escalate into violence.
Inspiration from real filmsWhen a stranger calls This is a thriller film where there is a villain that is calling with an unknown identity. A teenaged girl has a job babysitting and then she starts getting these peculiar unknown calls from someone. The teenager then realises there is a man wearing a mask in the house and she knows that she must save herself and the child she is babysitting.
Inspiration from real films Phone Booth:This film is very intense and suspenseful as the villain is unknown. In the film the manhas to stay on the phone with the villain, or the villain will kill his loved one however,ultimately the man knows he will die. When a stranger calls:This is a thriller film which also has a villain who’s identity is unknown and this relatesto our opening sequence. In this film a teenaged girl goes over to babysit at somepeoples house and while there she starts getting calls from an unknown number.There turns out to be a masked man in the house, and the girl has to save herselfAnd the children she is babysitting.
Genre and conventions Psychological ThrillerConvention Explanation Example from real film1. Perception of reality The main character is unaware or has Shutter Island no sense of true events that occur in the reality outside their mind.2. Death of a loved one The death of a loved one causes or Memento spurs the main character to go through several actions or events, such as the need for revenge.3. Mystery/enigmas The opening sequence shows an Se7en unknown person going through various unconventional actions, eg. Cutting the skin off their fingers.4. Mental danger – to do with the mind The main character has hallucinations Black Swan or sees things that happened, differently causing them to think certain things have happened, when in fact they have not.5. Identity The main character is seen to have Identity multiple personalities, struggling to make sense of their true identity. This makes it unclear to the audience, presenting enigmas such as what their true personality is.
Genre and Conventions• Genre: Psychological thriller Convention Explanation Evidence from real film Tension music The music makes the Psycho opening sequence seem (the violins gets higher pitched eerie and suspenseful and gives a sense of anticipation) Flashbacks Flashbacks are used to Momento show a thought or memory. (Momento is not filmed in Commonly shown in black chronological order – and white lighting Montage editing Connotes the juxtaposition Se7en - all the different types of of seemingly unconnected shots of images are all over the images in order to create place. meaning.
Genre and conventionsConvention Explanation Example from real film1. Incorporates elements of Mystery to keep the film Sevenmystery and drama suspenseful and drama to connect with the characters emotions2. Deep focus on the to be able to understand Phone boothcharacters state of mind the character3. The film is usually Usually first person Momentonarrated. narration to get an idea of what is going through the characters mind.4. The music used within To set the atmosphere of a A woman in blackthe film is usually high typical thriller film.pitched and eerie
Research on topic/themesThe dangers of social mediaDangers include:- Fraud- Identity theft- Stolen information- Exposure of personal information (twitter, Facebook etc.)
Research on topic/themes Online relationshipsMany people in onlinerelationships (romantic and These people areplatonic) lie about their real known as ‘Catfish’ –identity. the term used to describe someone who creates fake profiles using other peoples information The TV show ‘Catfish’ which sets out and/or pictures to discover if people in online relationships are genuine or not. Source: wikipedia.org
Research on topic/themes Online communitiesMore and more people Some online can However, some onlinenow have access to the be beneficial to communities can be quiteinternet, which means people, harming to people - mostlyonline communities can becoming a mentally. E.g.. Onlinegrow quicker than in the place of support communities for people withpast. and friendship. eating disorders looking for ‘thinsporation’ and ‘support’ from other who share the same disorders. Source: wikipedia.org
Research on topic/themesCyber stalking Source: wikipedia.org
Research on topic/themes• Online relationshipsOn the internet many people who are involved in online relationshipstend to lie about their real identity.An example of this would be the reality TV show ‘Catfish’. This TV show receives messages from people who have been messaging someone for quite some time and would like to meet them. This shows helps these people to figure out whether or not these ‘catfishes’ are who they say they are. The term catfish is used when someone has used a fake picture or a fake account. Almost like stolen identity.
Research on topic/themes• Real life situations• Our opening sequence is going to be based on a real life situation where an intense online relationship has a bad side to it. An example of this would be the movie that I also chose for an inspiration film; Hard Candy.
Research on topic/themesReality/ Real life situations: Our Opening sequence is based around social networking and the ‘bad side’ to it. An example of this in a film is the film ‘Hard Candy’. The reality within these films makes themall the more scary, as it means that the thingsin the film can happen to people in real life.
Research on topic/themesIdentity: Our opening sequence also includes the theme of unknown identity. An example of this is in the films Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. This theme is used regularly in thriller films as it creates a lot of suspense as the audience doesn’t know who the villain is and creates an enigma
Research on topic/themesMind: Our opening sequence is based on the psychological thriller genre and will include a character who is fixated on another character. The mind plays an important role in psychological thrillers as it is mainly about the villain being mentally unstable and this leads them to become villains and be evil. Some examples of these characters are, Jigsaw (Saw), Scarecrow (Batman), Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men)
Research on topic/themesDeath:Characters either fear or are fascinated by death.This can also link to the theme of the mind as being fascinated by death links to the idea of a psychopathic villain.Some examples of these characters are Jigsaw(Saw)
LocationsFirst Location (FLASHBACK):On a bus going towards/ past an area with business buildings.Second Location (FLASHBACK):A busy café, probably in a shopping area like Whiteleys. The character would be sitting in the areaoutside the café.
LocationsThird Location (FLASHBACK):Outside an office building – the character will be coming out of the building in work clothes.Forth Location (FLASHBACK):On a busy normal street where the characters will be crossing the street on opposite sides.
Inspirational charactersCatwoman - She is strong and independent. - Her identity is an enigma - She goes against the stereotype that women are weak - She emphasises that women can be just a strong as men
Inspirational characters• #1 Catwoman Catwoman’s identity is unknown, it is enigmatic. She challenges the stereotype of woman being less dominant than males. Throughout the film she connotes that females can be as dominant as men.
Inspirational characters• #2 Hayley Stark (Hard Candy) At first she connotes a weak, vulnerable teenager, but then switches it all around and becomes the more dominant gender role.
Inspirational charactersLisbeth Salander (The girl with the dragon tattoo)Lisbeth is an inspirational character because: She overcomes her fears She is a strong character She saves the second main character from theVillain
Inspirational CharactersSarah Connor ( terminator 2: Judgement day)Sarah is an inspirational character because: She is a strong character She tries to help protect others She is selfless She fights against evil
ActorsThe people acting in our opening sequence will be Rosie and Laura. They areavailable often and good for the role because....... Strengths Weaknesses Hard working and reliable. May fall behind in work Uses artistic abilities in the filming and editing. Strengths Weaknesses Hard working and sensible Find it difficult to meet deadlines
ActorsActor of the stalker? I wanted the stalker to be played by a girl because a common stalker is a guy. I planned on using the same plot of the characters like hard candy (girl is the psycho in the end). Strengths: Good actress Capable of hiding identity Artistic skills can be applied in costumes and props etc.
ActorsActor playing Danny Archer: We wanted to challenge the stereotype of a vulnerable girl. We wanted the victim to be a brunette instead of a blonde character. Strengths: Reliable Sensible
Costume and props• Costume of stalker I wanted the stalker to wear all black clothing to give a sense of mystery. This connotes that I am reinforcing a stereotype.
Costume and propsCostume of victim:The costume I want the victim to wear would be something basiclike a plain white t-shirt and denim jeans with white converses.
Titles and credits Paranorman: The title of the film stays within the genre of spooky, yet mild comic horror and gore. The creepy hand and the ‘N’s being bigger than the other letters emphasises this. The fall: The tile appears within the smoke in the movie. It the disappears as it is fanned away by the character, along with the smoke.
Titles and credits Twin Peaks: Very basic, but allows the audience to at least understand that the title is also the name of the setting of the film. Red Lights: also simple, yet affective teamed with the sinister music. The title on a black background creates emphasis on the flickers of red light that momentarily surround the title. The name of the main character is also the name of the film. The presentation of the title fits in with the high school theme of the film, by showing the audience the title on a student ID card.
Music/sounds‘Disembark’ – under category of dark/brooding –freeplaymusic.com- Creates mysterious and enigmatic atmosphere- You don’t know where the music is going at first, leads the audience to question what I going to happen next‘City Cranes/ - under category of ‘eerie/ethereal’ –freeplaymusic.com- Sounds very eerie- Not knowing what to expect- Creates a chill in the atmosphere
Mainstream or independent• Mainstream films are big budget films whereas independent films have a smaller budget.• Our film would be a mainstream film as it is not a hard hitting film which considers issues within society, it would be a film which appeals to a wider audience and so would need to have a bigger budget to be able to distribute to many places. Some examples of mainstream films are: Avatar Titanic The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Some examples of independent films are: A separation Train spotting
Target audienceOur target audience would be a mass audience as it would be a mainstream film we would it expect it to attract many viewers.Also, our chosen genre (psychological thriller) usually attracts a large audience.
BBFC and film rating• To understand what BBFC and film ratings were we researched it and found the official site.• We found the different types of ratings which are U, PG, 12A, 12, 15, 18 and R18.
BBFC rating Here are the different types of ratings:Our opening sequence is rated 15.
Production Company #1• Hammer Film ProductionI chose this as one of my possible productioncompanies to produce my film because this type ofcompany specialising in producing psychologicalthrillers.
Production company #2• Lions Gate EntertainmentI chose this as one of my possible productioncompanies to produce my film because this particularcompany produced one of my inspirational films ‘HardCandy’.
Production companiesBefore choosing our production company we researched our genre to see which production companies were most commonly used.BLACK SWAN: Black Swan is a thriller mystery film which used the Fox Searchlight Pictures as their production company and also as it is a conglomerate they used it for their distribution company.
Production CompaniesSE7EN: Se7en is a crime/mystery/thriller film which only has two production companies which are Cecchi Gori Pictures and New Line Cinema.
Production CompaniesMEMENTO: Memento is a mystery thriller film that had four production companies and only the Newmarket company was used as a distributor out of the four.
Production Companies• After doing some research we decided that the would have two production companies which would be Cross Creek Pictures and New Line Cinema.• We decided to use these production companies as they are very successful and well known.Click here to watch the New Line Cinema logoClick here to watch the Cross Creek Pictures logo
Distribution companies• As New Line Cinema is part of the Warner bros. Corporation it also distributes its own films.• For example, New Line Cinema was both the producers and distributers of Se7en.• So for our distribution company we decided to use New Line Cinema asit would mean we would pay less.• Another distribution company we could use would be