EVALUATION – QUESTION ONE1. In what ways does your media product use, develop orchallenge forms and conventions of real media products?My Product Typical My Production – Comparison to Thriller/Horror use, develop or Existing Conventions challenge? ProductsTitling – colour, font The titling associated In our film titled ‘The Thriller films suchand style for a typical thriller film Visitor’, we decided to as ‘Misery’, is usually red coloured stick with the typical ‘Funny Games’ and extremely bold and red titling for a thriller and ‘The Secret prominent. The red film. This was Window’ stick suggests connotations because there were a with the typical of blood, anger and lot of conventions convention of red danger. Furthermore, throughout the actual titles. However, this clearly resembles film production that where ‘Misery’ typical aspects of a challenged the and ‘Funny thriller film and the traditional ideas. Due Games’ are colour, being red, to this, we needed to consistently red immediately displays stick with a standard throughout, ‘The attributes that the film convention that would Secret Window’ will later examine. easily allow the prominently uses Examples of this are audience to identify white titles until happenings such as the film with the the name of the murders and genre of a thriller. film appears on ‘meaningful’ accidents. screen changing the font colour from white to red.Camera In many thriller films, In our production, we As previouslyMovement- pan, the opening tends to began our opening mentioned, Alfredtrack, crab, crane start with a tracking two minutes with a Hitchcock’s shot, panning shot or tracking shot. As well ‘Psycho’ an establishing shot. as following displayed a This allows the conventions, we similar opening. audience to thoroughly decided to do this to Other films such examine the allow the audience to as ‘Misery’ use whereabouts of the know that the main establishing shots location and in some happenings taking roughly about 2 cases such as ‘Psycho’ place within the film minutes into the presents the viewers would be set in that film to firstly allow with a sense of the specific location. the characters to murderer choosing be introduced. their victim.
Framing a shot Usually, thriller genre ‘The Visitor’ has a Films such asECU, CU, MS, LS, films tend to use a range of all the ‘The Sixth Sense’ELS range of framing shots mentioned framing used many of the when appropriate in shots. This is framing relation to the story. because we didn’t techniques For example, in want to continuously similar to ours. “Misery’ a range of use the same shots. Long shots were close-up shots are We used close-ups used throughout continuously used to similar to the ones to display the display certain used in ‘Misery’ to character’s characteristics of the build tension and actions and main character. These awareness. Long emotions. framing shots differ shots were then used depending on what to display the entire image the audience actions of the mother needs to see. in our film.Camera Angle Both high angle and In ‘The Visitor’ we Alfred Hitchcock’sHigh, Low low angle shots are used a range of both ‘Psycho’ uses used in traditional films. camera angles. This high and low This done to included the use of a angles to consistently portray point of view shot consistently which character has from the child looking reveal, “Norman more authority and to up at the babysitter. Bates’ has a show who has a higher This showed that she different status status. was a superior (being the character in contrast traditionally to him. baddie) compared to other characters.Mise-en-Scene The mise-en-scene ‘The Visitor’ uses a With the use of used in thrillers is lot of mise-en-scene. mise-en-scene usually displayed in This includes; a the major relation to events sketch book, pictures, comparison we taking place. In murder candles, a drink and can make to scenes, many more. With the another film is understandingly knives conventions itself, we ‘Misery’. This is or weapons are did not follow a because in our displayed. Otherwise, specific film but jus range of close-up to furthermore reveal wanted the props shots, we use a the plot of the film used to relate glass of juice, mise-en-scene such a accordingly to our which can be maps or pictures may chosen storyline. compared to a be used. glass of wine used in ‘Misery’.
Editing – jump cuts, In a traditional thriller,As our film Similarly to thematch cuts, reverse there tends to be a continuously jumps film ‘The Next 3shots, cutting tendency of jump cuts, from outside to Days’ there is arhythmn abruptly switching the inside, our editing series of jump location. Alongside mainly involved jump shots allowing the this, the cutting rhythm shots. Secondly, we location to depends of whether edited the cutting change rapidly. tension is building up rhythm in order to This builds up (in which case the show where the main tension, which we cutting rhythm events in the film will wanted to display increasingly speeds take place. This throughout ‘The up) involved slowing the Visitor’. pace down in a section of our tracking shot when the camera reached the destination.Sound The sound used in In our film, we tried to In films such as most thriller films stick with the typical ‘Hide and Seek’, regarding intro or credit conventional sounds. a continuous music tends to be quite Our music selection ethereal ethereal and eerie. was originally going atmosphere is This is done to to be a lullaby to portrayed through emphasise the genre of accompany the child the use of non the film, relating the going to bed. diagetic sound. events that may take However when we place to a more put the music and film realistic thematic together it did not sound. work as effectively as we hoped. We then changed this so that the sound accompanied the events in the film in order to portray a more thriller based storyline.Narrative Theory In many thrillers, ‘The Visitor’ uses Binary opposites directors are writers both binary opposites are seen in use theories such as; and enigma codes ‘Misery’ but they enigma codes, throughout the traditionally stick equilibrium, binary production. The to the known opposites and Propp’s enigma codes refer to conventions. ideology into the un-answered This is due to the characters and questions such as; idea that when functions. The theories who is in the black inside his home,
focused on in the coat and who is the the character isthriller genre are binary teenager in the safe and freeopposites and enigma house. This idea from others butcodes. This is done to builds suspense for when he goesproduce tension and a the audience and outside, his fatesense of ambiguity allows them to becomes clear asthroughout the film. question what image he happens toBinary opposites refer we were trying to get have a carto aspects such as across. The binary accident wherenight and day whereas opposites that we he meets hisenigma codes refer to used focus on the potential killer.the unexplained interior and exterior Secondly, in ‘Thehappenings. events in the film. Prestige’ there is This relates to being a constant use of inside and outside the enigma code. and the twist that it Questions are reveals. continuously Furthermore, we running through display the inside of the audiences the house to be a minds wondering place of danger and how such ‘magic’ where the main can be portrayed events take place on screen. which subverts the original ideology that homes are a safe place to be. In fact, pushing this idea further, the safest place for characters to be in our film is outside with other members of society.