Match on ActionIn our film, we used match-on-action to show that the doppelganger was dropping thepages. The reason we did this was because we wanted the doppelganger to be shockedby the Janitor’s appearance. By doing this, we are also adding to the doppelgangerscharacter, as we later see him to be calm and even smiling, showing he is always incontrol.In Thrillers, a match-on-action is used to create clarity and continuity. For example, inPsycho, we see Marian’s eye and then the camera cuts to blood spilling into the bathwater.
Shot/Reverse/ShotIn our film, we wanted to create clarity, and to make sure our audience knew what wasgoing on. The above shots are an example, as we first showed the Janitor entering anenclosed space. The camera then cuts to behind him to show that he is in a storagecupboard and is looking for a broom.An example of this would again be Psycho, or mostly any film. This is mostly used inconversations, where one character is talking to another. The first shot would show thefirst character’s face. Then the camera would cut to show the face of the secondcharacter, showing who the first character is talking to.
180 Degree RuleThe 180 degree rule is used in practically every film. To deviate from this rule wouldcreate confusion. The rule states that the camera should always stay on one side of theset. This way, the characters would always be on their side of the shot. In our film, thiswas extremely important as both characters look to the same. We made sure that theJanitor was always on the left and the doppelganger was always on the right.Examples can be drawn from almost any film. The most common use of the rule isduring conversations. The first character would always be on the left side of the shot,and the second character would always be on the right.
Other FeaturesIn the first shot, we used the lighting to create suspense. When the Janitor enters the roomwith the doppelganger, he is unsure of who he is. By shrouding the doppelganger indarkness, we are positioning the audience with the Janitor, as neither know who this man is.In the second shot, we used a series of POV shots to build up tension. The shots cut betweenPOV and close-ups of the Janitor’s face. In the final POV shot, the camera moves slowlytowards the corner and then quickly turns it, revealing an empty room. By doing this, weslowly build up tension until the quick release of turning the corner.In the third shot, we see that the protagonist is just an ordinary character. One commonfeature of Thrillers is that the protagonist is not someone with special training such asmilitary training. This makes the film more plausible, and is easier for the audience toconnect with the protagonist. By using a Janitor, we are showing that the man is entering thefilm unprepared, armed only with a broom and knowledge of the building’s layout.