Assignment5:film study &conventionin a film (partner task)Person 1 (Helen)Person 2 (Fatou)
Target : Colour choice : yellowThe things we have to do are : Exploration Film of choice and reasoning Genre Subgenre Hybrid Stam‟s theory Mittel‟s theory Semantics Syntax Conventions list of genre in relation to all films Conventions analysis Dominant ideology Audience Audience theory
Choice of Film and reason We chose the movie, „The Unborn‟ because it has a good amount of sub genres and hybrids within it. The fact that its horror added with different elements that emphasises the horrific and brutality that is included in the movie.
Horror – Creating aGenre sense of fear, panic and alarm for the audience Repulsive content Graphic Imagery Supernatural beings The Unborn has a centre on the arrival of evil force, person and event.
PsychologicalPsychological horror is You can see here how reallysubgenre of the unborn film scared she is by her facialbecause relies on the expression and her bodycharacter language .fears, guilt, beliefs, soundeffects, relevant music andemotional instability to buildtension. She relies lots of emotion which will build up tension to the audience.
SupernaturalSupernatural is subgenre in This is an orderly person however in side thisthe film of the unborn person’s body there is and demonbecause it combine element that why this person is being unof religion into plot. orderly.Common themes insupernatural horror film inthe unborn are devil ,ghostsand demons.
TeenTeen is one of the subgenre The laptop is more associatedof the unborn that revolves with teenager therefore she is acompletely around a teenager.teenager or a group ofteenagers. Mostly have ahero or heroine, howeverthe main girl in the film of theunborn is a heroine . Her body language tell that she is a teenager.
MysteryHybrid the unborn has an element of mystery because during the movie there are parts that very mysterious keeps you questioning yourself on what it is thats lurking about or disturbing the peace, to the audience and also to the characters in the film.Thriller –• such fast pace parts that keep your eyes on screen, not wanting to remove them.• The thrill keeps you anticipated and on the edge of your seat, making you want to see more and more.
Stam theory Stam‟s theory says that genre is not so easily defined under the „main genres‟ but can be classified in other ways such as budget .Ethnicity focus or performer based. In the film of the unborn there are more then one of the main genres. Can classified in other way such as religion mysteries and thriller. Parts that very mysterious and keeps you questioning yourself on what it is thats lurking about (who was killing her loved once). The unborn also has an element of thriller there are such fast pace parts that keep your eyes (when she was having exorcism).
Mittel theory Mittel’stheory argues that industries use genre to sell products to audiences. This relates to the film, “The Unborn”, as there are similar codes and conventions that often make a reference to the audience’s knowledge, which is a horror movie.
SemanticsCharacters The girl body language represent that she is weak and helpless .You can tell by her Facial expressions that she is in shock. This represent as victim innocent young girl who don‟t know much (what was going around )character .Costumes The ghost inside the little boy was wearing old style clothes which are posh .This can represent how back in the day were dressed Strict posh way.
Locations Country roads-associated with creepy looking trees. The isolation of the place can repentant that something bad is going to happen. The lighting is quite doll therefore it symbolise danger .Story traits For the girl to be free to kill the demon that is hunting her down and her loved ones. Revenge of the family honour .
Props Weapons -Religious symbols which is used when she was having the exorcism to kill the demon.
Syntax the unborn The moral behind “The Unborn” is that, you must always overcome evil. As good has a tendency to be more powerful than the evil force. Don‟t always give into fear, as you need to be strong to be able to protect your loved ones.
Tone the unborn Use of artificial lighting creating a yellow tone to the It‟s a misty white light, the colour atmosphere white could suggest a secret is about to be exposed The tone reflects the seriousness of the scene Yellow tone connotes vulnerability
Convention list of thatgenre/subgenre/hybridConventions of Examples from range of real filmsgenre/sub/hybridVictims (cowers in front of a Screamwindow or door)Investigating(strange noise The ring)Build up of tensions The othersIsolated setting Sawevil/ghost /demon The unbornViolence The underworldVulnerable teenagers I know what you did last summer
Convention analysisConventions of genre Examples from your Comparison to other/sub/hybrid film films in the same genre/sub/hybridPoint of view In the beginning she Paranormal Activity – sees a glove and When the man films changes to her point from his point of view of view to see what it isReligion When she gets an The Exorcist – They also exorcism performed perform an exorcismSupernatural/Beyond The Twin Brother who The Ring – A girlthe Dead wasn‟t born, that watches a tapes and comes back to haunt the phone rings and kill informing her that shes going to die in 7 days
Convention analysisConventions of genre Examples from your Comparison to other/sub/hybrid film films in the same genre/sub/hybridDisgusting Creature Disgusting creatures an example of this in the unborn film is when the girl is in "Creature“- which is about a half man and alligator similar to the the toilet in there was an small „unborn‟ which was half woman unknown creatures that were trying to eat her and also when the woman and unknown creature . tune in to a monster.Serial killer The demon in side the little boy „s body .was going around killing the I know what you did last summer –the killer comes back and start to kill girl loved once for best friend and her everyone one by one same as in the grandmother . unborn the killer goes around and killing people in pain.Monster Monster in a horror film most people expect to see a monster in a every The Wolfman –who was trued in to monster just like the lady change horror film its their belief to be whit in into a monster in the unborn . the film .In the unborn film there are people that change into monsters
Dominant ideologyDominant ideology Example/evidence from filmThe main characters normally young, Lisa (main girl) seemed to be younggood looking and innocent and innocent and want to live her life equally she is an attractive young lady.The villain are reinforced the The demon inside the little boystereotypes as at the end they die . ended up dyeing after killing lots of people .Lisa the main girl role was to do the Lisa boyfriends was possessed by theright thing . demon she knew she had to let him die .That was the best thing for everybody .
Audience The film “The Unborn” is for a mass audience, because its mainstream and would attract a lot of people to watch the film; it also aims for what the audience want to see. Its also familiar and recognisable for a mass audience.
AudienceDetails of audience Target audience Secondary audience Explanation of why they would be attracted watching the filmAge 15-24 25-34 Because it offers curiosity which is accompanied with real fearGender Male Female Horror offers extreme violence and a bit of sexEthnicity White, Black Asian, Latino, Indian, Because of ethnicity roles that are playedSocial Class Working and middle class Upper Class They want to see how their class is portrayed in the filmSocial Group Religious People Goths Because of the religious context in the filmSexual Orientation Straight Homosexual They want to see how their sex is portrayedProfession/Role Student Teachers Because of how much it focuses on students
Audience theory (Mcquail )Reasons why people watch the film Explanation People may watch the film „ the unborn‟ to entertain themEntertainment as well as to scare them .Some people like the tense excitement when something scary comes onto the scene. Emotional release the creepy feeling they have when The emotion release of the watching the film. character .Information People can watch a film to inform them .The film of „the unborn‟ is mostly to inform them about spiritual/religion world She is Finding out relevant how the demon come back and try to live in another persons information body and kills everyone in that member of family. From theabout an evil sprit in addition film the main girl grandmother said “they like our familyshe is self-educating her self blood”. .Gaining a sense of security through knowledge.
Personal identity In the unborn the girl never knew her grandmother this This would reinforcement the personalvalues as she is trying to fight for her life . might have a reflect on the audience .People may watch „the unborn „because they would have a personal interest in this type of film. Identifying with valued . Gaining insight into one‟s self .