Thriller •Thriller is a very broad 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: • Crime thriller • Mystery thriller • Conspiracy thriller • Psychological thriller For 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 characters:• A typical crime thriller would involve two characters which come intoconflict 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. This is Shelley Duvall in ‘The Shining’. She is playing a weak victim.
Thriller Archetypal characters: 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 they need to solve. 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. This is an example of a stereotypical female in a thriller. This is Sara Paxton in ‘The Last House on the Left’.
Thriller: Archetypal character: The antagonist is mainly shown as a criminal, stalker, kidnapper, assassin, and being evil usually with a vendetta or plot to take revenge. They seem to always look strange with a sense of madness about them. A thriller always has an antagonist character. This is someone who represents the evil in the film someone whose intensions are corrupt and dangerous. Mainly played by a man in his late 40’s. This is Anthony Hopkins who played Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’. He was the antagonist character.
Thriller: Mise-en-scèneLighting is especially important as the audience can assume what 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. Examples of low key lighting. The photos are not showing a lot of detail so it is mysterious. Low key lighting is very conventional of any thriller film as it builds up suspense. By the use of color we can depict a mood or atmosphere. The normal conventions for a thriller would be the color black grey and red. As each of these colors symbolizes darkness and mysteriousness.
Thriller: Mise-en-scène • Costumes and Make-up is used so that we can produce a character and present them in a way that we would want the audience to perceive them. In relation to thriller films a normal character would be a young women fearful and in tears. Therefore the conventions towards makeup would be someone with smudged make up who looks very fragile and upset.
Thriller: Mise-en-scène• Setting And Props – In a typical thriller movie scenes would take place in locations that seem to have a dark scary atmosphere. This would be a haunted house, or a forest. The dark forest setting is a more stereotypical location with crime thrillers where murders rapes and conflicts can take place. The most typical props associated with thrillers would be things such as 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 beginning 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’. Were the maincharacter speaks about the events leading up to thepresent time.
Thriller: Common Editing Commons editing: Most stereotypical editing features ofthrillers is the use of writing being shown over the top of action being played on screen. This is what ‘The 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.
Thriller: Common EditingJump cuts/short takes are extremely common in thrillers as there aremany things happening that we are unaware of so jump cuts/shorttakes fill us in but also they create a quick fast passed feel to the film.The main reason thrillers use jump shots is to create suspense andconfusing which helps keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Long shots are also very well known to be added into thriller films. These are largely used to set the scene. These shots are well known to be used in the films like The Dark Knight. Another camera angle 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.
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 ‘Kill Bill Volume 1’ and 2 also in the film ‘Se7en’. These shots are most frequently used to create suspense, excitement and mystery at the beginning so that the audience get grasped into the movie very quickly so that they are hocked from the start and want to watch more.