Introduction• In my project I have been instructed to create a title and opening for a movie. This will last about 2-3 minutes. The title and opening is based on the genre Thriller. To ensure my title opening fits the codes and conventions of this genre I have to research everything about thrillers in detail. In order to achieve this I shall research the codes and conventions, take a look at opening thriller movies also I will look into the sub genres of a thriller for example comedy thrillers or crime thriller.
Codes and ConventionsCamera Movement/Angles. This convention helps to give a film its thriller genre, as different camera angles create different senses of body language andemotions. Thriller films also use Camera Angles such as close up shots and mid – range shots. An example of a close up was used in a film called “Taken”, inthe film there is a close up of the mans face whilst he is speaking over the phone to his daughters kidnappers showing that he is furious, which helps toshow tension, and helps the audience to feel as if they are in the film and gets them to start asking questions. Some Camera Movements also make theaudience feel tense and also helps to make them feel like they are actually in the film. For example when the camera man moves the camera about, they tryto mimic the characters breathing. This can be shown in the opening sequence of The Bourne Supremacy, when Jason Bourne wakes up in his bed after anightmare and begins to heavily breathe. This makes the audience feel like they are in the the room with Bourne. Another Camera Movement is tracking,this is a fast paced camera movement. This types of shot has been used in films such as Goodfellas, when the camera is quickly tracking through the kitchenof the Copacabana, this makes the audience more tense and also makes them quite nervous and makes their heart beat fast, as they know that somethingmay happen next due to the fast pace.The other important convention that makes up a thriller is Editing, things like quick cuts and shot reverse shot. These quick cuts can also be seen in filmssuch a psycho, when the women in the shower is getting stabbed there is a lot of fast cuts, as it shows different angles of her being stabbed. This makes thefilm fast paced and makes it more uncomfortable for the viewers. Shot reverse shot is used when two characters are having a conversation and the camerajumps from character to character. An example of this is in Matrix when Morpheus and Neo are having a serious discussion whether Neo will join the Matrixor not. This is effective because it connotes the importance of the conversations creating a suspenseful atmosphere for the viewers.This also contains very important elements which make up a thrillers. Jumpy and and quite scary music which are played in each scene, can be named asthemes as they produce different moods and settings for thriller films. Another sound element which is very important is high pitched sounds/orchestralstabs such as screeches. For example orchestral stabs such as screeches are used in thrilling films such a psycho, when the lady in the shower is beingstabbed. Psycho was written in 1960 by Alfred Hitchcock .This adds suspense and horror/thriller to the film to give it its thrilling genre. Other soundelements which are used to give the films their thrilling genres are; diegetic/ non-diegetic sound.Mise-en-Scène contains a few important elements which help add thriller to films and also help to add suspense as well. Lighting such as colour design hasto be dark to help give the film a gloomy mood and helps to make the audience feel more suspense towards the film. Another thing which also makes theopening off a thriller stick to its thrilling genre is props, as in thriller films there is a lot of sharp objects and weapons like glass, knives, guns etc….In filmssuch as Train-spotting, they use props such as drugs, needles and cigarettes, to show that the characters are druggies and to show the audience what typeof personality each character has. Train-spotting was created in 1996 by Danny Boyle . This shows the audience that the objects are going to be used to killsomeone or something. The set design/ location also helps the genre of the film stick to thriller, as the right set/location such as a gloomy warehouse ordark woods give a thrilling film as it shows mystery and suspense/tension towards the audience.
What is a thriller?A thriller is a book or film which is designed to keep the reader or viewer on edge with suspenseful and sensational action.Thrillers have also been produced in the radio, theater, and television media. Thrillers typically involve sudden plot twists, forexample, keeping people unsure about what is going to happen. This suspense can get almost unbearable, especially in a longpiece or a television series. Thrillers also have a lot of action, which is often chaotic, and they typically feature resourceful heroesand exotic settings. The plots of thrillers can vary widely. Some are supernatural, for example, centering around mysticalantagonists. Others are scientific or medical in nature, forcing their protagonists to contend with biological agents or mysteriousscientific happenings. Some are simply straight mysteries with clever, horrific, or intriguing antagonists, while others be focusedon the inner workings of the legal system, environmental threats, technology, or natural disasters
The Girl With The Dragon TattooThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is adapted tothe Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson. A journalistMikael Blomkvist investigates a disappearancealmost 40 years ago. The protagonist in the film(Mikael Blomkvist) is aided by a young womenwho helps him with his investigation. As theywork together they uncover things beyondanything they have ever imagined. The codesand conventions of this film is as following. Incrime thrillers, there is usually really fast pacedmusic played to set the mood for the film like inThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Bothcharacters in the film are usually dressed indark clothes, the female in the film is a pierced,tattoo, punk computer hacker which makes theaudience question if she is the protagonist orthe antagonist, if she is really good or bad; thissets a deferral atmosphere for the viewers. Thesubgenres of this thriller film are crime, dramaand mystery.
InceptionA complicated film based on the wonders of dreams.The main character, Dom Cobb is a skilled thief;stealing valuable secrets from deep within thesubconscious during the dream state, when the mindis at its most vulnerable. For this film to be a Personalquest based thriller film four conventions aresimultaneously used all through the film. Narrativetrajectory – Cobb’s character is compelled to achievea personal quality of a moral crisis that demandsimmediate action. Due to Cobb’s ability he is aninternational fugitive which has cost him everythinghe ever loved, to have a chance at redemption hemust accomplish a task that could risk his life.Timescape is used because Cobb’s quest takesweeks/months for him to come to grips with thepersonal quest, although an extreme even will alwaysloom. Last but not least the characters in the filmstruggle with the conflict between equivocal virtueversus moral certitude to determine the value ofintegrity. The subgenres of this thriller film arepersonal quest, adventure and mystery.
The Bourne UltimatumThe plot of this film is about a man that’strying to find out who he is but in-between allof that he is accused of something he has notdone, he finds himself in even more troubleas he discovers more things. This cliffhangermake the audience feel on edge and excitedto find out how he over comes all of thistrouble. The writers use various conventionsto convey that this is a thriller film. Forexample, narrative trajectory- The audienceexperience an powerful identification withBourne and his willingness to stay alivethroughout the movie. Bounded World –Bourne is isolated and is obliged to overcomethe circumstances on his own also he has toisolate himself due to betrayal. Alsotimescape is used to show that Bourne haslittle time to fix everything before hisenemies kill him, this keeps the viewershooked into the suspenseful plot. LastlyBourne discovers that the only way to stayalive is through self reliance and that he hasto be independent so the larger community isnot affected; this is called character ethos.The films subgenres are action and crime.
What is a genre?Genre is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art and entertainment, E.g music or films.Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old oneare discontinued. Often , works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining theseconventions.Character Ethos:A comparatively uninvolved character is drawn into an increasingly large menace, and discovers that the onlyway to remain alive is through self-reliance, by exposing the malevolent evil before it can assault the largercommunity.Protagonist Research:A movie succeeds to the extent that its audience identifies with the film’s protagonist (and often with theantagonist as well) The protagonist of a thriller film is a character who plays the main role, a character that theviewers empathize with. Also the protagonist usually figures in real life situation so that the viewersunderstand them better.
Subgenres and examples of thriller filmsComedy Drama Mystery Detective/Crime Horror Thriller Action AdventureSucker Punch No Country Rear Window No Country For Night Of The Inception The Bourne Old Men Living Dead UltimatumThe Guard The Dark Knight Vertigo Pulp Fiction Paranormal The Sixth Sense Casino Royal ActivityFargo Unknown Seven The Departed Psycho Limitless Children Of The MenJohnny English Taxi Driver North by The Silence Of Halloween Jaws Season Of The Northwest The Lambs WitchInsidious Challenging The usual Momento The exorcist Black Swan The Matrix suspect