Conventions of Thriller Films

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AS Media Coursework.
Research into Conventions of a Thriller Film
COPYRIGHT OF JODIE BATTERSHELL

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Conventions of Thriller Films

  1. 1. Conventions of Thriller Films<br />Jodie Battershell<br />
  2. 2. Genre<br />Thriller is a movie genre which follows specific devices to build tension and excitement. Thriller films keep the audience engaged as the plot builds towards a climax.<br /> There are many sub-genres of Thriller films. These include:<br /><ul><li>Crime Thriller
  3. 3. Psychological Thriller
  4. 4. Revenge Thriller
  5. 5. Supernatural Thriller</li></ul>Although there are these sub categories they still hold the typical characteristics or conventions of a Thriller.<br />
  6. 6. Conventions of Plot<br />Mistaken identity or false accusation lead to...<br />Innocent characters being put in situations where they need to figure out what is happening<br />Usually involves the innocent character trying to escape<br />Producing an enigma, showing an object or character that is not fully shown or explained until later in the film<br />The climax leading up to the plot makes the audience want to keep watching<br />
  7. 7. Conventions of Themes<br />Crime<br />Murder/Death<br />Dangerous world<br />Revenge<br />Romance triangles (leads to murder)<br />Mystery<br />Isolation<br />Voyeurism<br />
  8. 8. Conventions of Setting<br />Usually in a urban setting such as a city<br />In every day places, engaging audience<br />Clinical settings<br />Exotic settings<br />Unusual setting e.g. Crop field and farm house<br />
  9. 9. Conventions of Character<br />Hero – ordinary citizens unaccustomed to danger<br />Villain – criminals, stalkers, assassins, psychotic individuals, menaced women, <br />Innocent victim – life threatening situation<br />Victims sometimes know villains, sometimes do not<br />
  10. 10. Conventions of Iconography<br />Shadows<br />Street lamps – highlighting villain<br />Confined spaces<br />Running water<br />CCTV cameras<br />Knives<br />Something the victim fears (e.g. Clowns)<br />Finger prints<br />Photographs<br />Weapons<br />Mirrors<br />
  11. 11. Conventions of Mise-en-Scene<br />Costume - dark clothes for villain, normal everyday clothes and bright colours for innocent victim. Hero in normal every day clothes also. If victi is a woman, revealing clothes to sexualize her thus making her more vulnerable. <br />Lighting – low key lighting helping to make villain more scary as you wont always see him. <br />Camera Work – establishing shot, extreme close ups and close ups, medium/long shots showing villain in relation to victim. eye-level shot and POV shots. High angle shots making victim more vulnerable. Low angle shots making audience more vulnerable/fear. <br />
  12. 12. Conventions of Editing<br />Making the picture dark, helping to hide villain<br />Quick cuts<br />Changes in camera angle<br />Flash backs – in black and white or not as clear<br />Merging 2 shots together – causing confusion. Montage editing<br />
  13. 13. Conventions of Sound<br />Non-diegetic – tension building, orchestral, fast paced, eerie music.<br />Diegetic – heavy breathing, footsteps, creaky floor boards, slamming doors.<br />

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