Thriller •Thriller is a very board genre of film. • The main elements that are used is suspense, tension and excitement. •The main intensions of a thriller is to stimulate the viewers feelings and moods giving them a high level of anticipation, surprise, uncertainty, anxiety, stress and even terror. •Thrillers are mainly inclined to be very quick and fast paced and adrenaline rushing. • Film techniques like cliff hangers are very commonly used. • The main and most important aim of a thriller is to keep the audience alert and on the edge of their seats.
Thriller• There are many different sub sections to the theme of a thriller movie:The main 4:• Crime thriller• Mystery thriller• Conspiracy thriller• Psychological thrillerFor my coursework I am working in a group. We are trying to create a thriller movie. However to do this we had to look at normal conventions that associated with this type of genre. So that we as a group can incorporate these conventions into our movie.
Thriller Archetypal character:• A typical crime thriller would involve two characters which come into conflict with one another. The main plot is that a protagonist character who is seen as vulnerable and weak is set against a problem or mystery or an escape. That seems impossible.• The protagonist is mainly shown as a: hostage ,victim, weak and vulnerable.• They are mainly played by women or girls as they are seen as more naive and weaker then men. Mainly they look exhausted scruffy, and ill. As they are normally in a confined space when being held hostage or have barely slept because of their problem or mystery they need to solve.• The antagonist is mainly shown as a: criminal, stalker, kidnapper, assassin, evil, usually with a vendetta or plot to take revenge.• They seem to always look strange with a sense of madness about them but also evil.• A thriller always has an antagonist character- this is someone who represents the evil in the film someone whose intensions are corrupt and dangerous.• The main character always wants to achieve sympathy from the audience so that throughout the film the audience always wants to see the protagonist to achieve their goal.
Thriller: Mise-en-sceneLighting - is especially important as the audience canassumewhat genre the movie isby the way the lighting is displayed. In a normal thriller different levels of low keylighting is used.This will create a mysterious secretive like impression. The normalconvention for lighting in a thriller would be very dark and gloomy lighting. Low keylighting is very conventional of any thriller film as it builds up suspense. By the use ofcolor we can depict a mood or atmosphere. The normal conventions for a thriller wouldbe the color black grey and red. As each of these colors symbolizes darkness,mysteriousness and even death.• Costumes and Make-up - is used so that we can produce a character and presentthem in a way that we would want the audience to perceive them.In relation to thrillerfilms a normal character would be a young women fearful and in tears. Therefore theconventions towards makeup would be someone with smudged make up who looksvery fragile and upset.• Setting And Props – in a typical thriller movie scenes would take place in locationsthat seem to have a dark scary atmosphere. This would be a haunted house, dark allyor a forest. The dark forest setting is a more stereotypical location with crime thrillerswhere murdersrapes and conflictscan take place.•Props -in thriller openings the most typical props associated with this would be things such asweapons. Examples: knives and guns.
ThrillerNormal ways of using sound:All the films I have analyzed have incorporated nondiegetic music playing in the background essentially tobuild a certain atmosphere at the begging of the film.Some films use dialogue at the start usually spoken bythe most important and influential character.This is shown in the film kill bill Vol 2. where the maincharacter speaks about the events leading up to thepresent time.This is a great use of sound but also a literary techniquein which the story is narrated by one character.This direct involvement that the characters have withthe story in turn makes the audience more involvedwith the characters themselves.
Thriller:Common Editing Commons editing: Most stereotypical editing features of thrillers is the use of writing being shown over the top of action being played on screen. This is what silence of the lambs has done. Instead of including the title and credits at the beginning of the film this thriller has incorporated them during the first scenes. The writing is clearly written in black and white. Which are two very distinctive colors. Which are normally associated with a dark and gloomy atmosphere, the film titleis shown on screen just after the first character appears. Jump cuts/short takes are extremely common in thrillers as there are many things happening thatwe are unaware of so jump cuts/ short takes fill us in but also they create a quick fast passed feel to the film which is what a thriller should feel like. Also they help make the audience make assumptions of what the characters are truly like. But the most influential reasonthrillers use jump shots/short takes is to create suspense and confusing which helps keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Thriller: common camera angles and movements The most commonly used camera movements at the beginning of a thriller film are tracking and panning shots. An example of this is in the film the silence of the lambs as when the main character is running tracking shots were frequently used. The most typical shots used in thriller films seems to be close ups and extreme close ups. These shots are greatly used in films like KillBill Vol1 and 2 also The Silence Of The Lambs but also in se7en. These shots are most frequently used to create suspense, excitement and mystery at the beginning so that the audience getgrasped into the movie very quickly so that they are hocked from the start and want to watch more. Long shots are also very well known to beaddedinto thriller films. These arelargelyused to set the scene. These shots are well known to be used in the films likeThe Dark Knight. Another cameraangle to be quite common in thrillers are high angles mainly to represent a powerful and dominant position. The position of actors introduced into a scene or the film do not seem to differ from the films I have study the actor normally tends to be positioned in the middle of the frame.