Assignment 5: Film study & conventions in a film (partner task) By Laura & Rianne Colour code: Laura(blue), Rianne(red) White slides - Both
TargetOur target level is yellow.-Title page-Level checklist-Exploration of films-Film choice and reasoning-Genre-Subgenre-Hybrid-Stam’s theory-Mittel’s theory-Semantics (characters, locations, story traits, costumes, props-Syntax-Conventions list of genre in relation to all films (at least 6 conventions)-Conventions analysis (at least 3 each) with examples from film + comparison to other similar films-Dominant ideology (at least 2)-Audience (a+b) + explanation-Audience theory (at least 3 reasons)
Exploration of filmsThis is an image of a mind map that we had todo on simple mind. On this mind map it showsall the different films that fell under the genrehorror.
Film choice and reasoningOur film choice is called ‘The Crazies’.We chose the film The Crazies because it falls under the genre, horror.- We like this film because its very graphic and gruesome.- Also, there are a lot of gory scenes with a lot of blood that will be disturbing.- Another reason why we chose this film was because this film created dramatic tension.- We believed that this film would be very conventional and representative.
Background Information• Director: Breck Eisner.• Budget of the film: $20,000,000.• Around the 1970’s, that was when the old fashioned film of the crazies came out. Directed by George.A.Romero.• Actors included:Timothy Olyphant Radha Mitchell Danielle Panabaker Joe Anderson
GenreType ; sort ; style ; kindThese are the different types of genres that this film falls under:- Horror- Slasher- Disaster- Indie- Action
SubgenreList of all the different subgenres within the film:DisasterSlasherThrillerIndie
HybridSupernatural/Action/ComedyMinimal Comedy horror – this is shown through the facialexpressions of the characters. Also, one part that made me laugh was whenthe Sheriff was in the morgue and then the plagued character’s weapon waslet loose and almost went up to the Sheriff crotch. Sheriff The weapon Plagued character
Stam’s theoryStam’s theory says that genre is not easily defined under the‘main genres’ but can be classified in other ways such asbudget, Ethnicity focus or Performer based.For this film, it can be classified as a high budget film, but also itcan be classified as a low budget film because there were nomain actors casted in the film.
Mittel’s theoryMittel’s theory is that genre is used to sellproducts. I can not relate this film to Mittel’stheory because The Crazies doesn’t reallyproduce or advertise any products to be sold.But in previous horror films merchandise such astoys, book, clothes (which are suited to thegenre.)
SemanticsSemantics How these are evident in your film (in relation to its genre/subgenre/hybrid)Characters The main protagonist The villain – the serial killer or the psychopathLocations Small Iowa town (small community) Isolated places, Urban environment, Lake, Countryside (barns & farms)Story Traits Disaster, Virus, Zombies killing peopleCostumes Plagued characters – Bloody clothingProps Pitchfork, guns, knives, chainsaw
SyntaxIn a horror film, the story begins with all the characters being happy andgetting on with their everyday lives.Horror films don’t always end well, and that is where the action usually dragson and makes the film seem tense.Sometimes the tension re-occurs after the victims believe that the problemhas been solved.In relation to this film The Crazies, at the ending the Sheriff and his wife aregoing towards a new town. However from the aerial shot that is shown at theend, it is the exact same shot that was represented at the beginning beforethe town became plagued.This shows that the whole disaster is about to re-occur all over again…
Conventions analysisConventions of Examples from your film Comparisons to other films in the samegenre/sub/hybrid genre/sub/hybridPlagued disease Where everyone becomes part Contagion – however in this film the storyline of this disease, they go on a isn’t like the film ‘The Crazies’ because the rampage killing everyone people who are contaminated, don’t go on a rampage killing everybody 28 days later – this film is similar in a way because the characters are like the Sheriff and his wife when they are trying to find sanctuary.Death Where everyone dies Dawn of the dead - A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mallBiological There are all sorts of weapons The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – it is anWeapons represented in this film. For American Slasher film. It is about a deformed example the weapons that the killer going around hunting and killing people quarantine characters use are a with a chainsaw fire arm torch to burn the bodies once shot by a gun
Dominant ideologyDominant ideology Example/evidence from filmSheriff – there to protect the citizens in the town He goes onto the baseball ground and prevents the shooting of an insane man ( plagued man )Sheriff’s wife (head doctor) – to help the citizens and She is talking with her neighbourovercome any sickness etc because she is suspicious by her husbands behaviour.Quarantine characters - to gather all people from this They take the sheriff and his wifesmall Iowa town and then separate them and dispose of and many others to a facilityall the contaminated ones. Whereas the clean ones are where some are killed and somekept under quarantine. are under quarantine
Audience + explanation Target Secondary Explanation of why they would be Audience Audience attracted to the filmAge Teenagers Young adults Teenagers would be amused and interested in these sort of films.Gender Both This film is open to both gender, although some scene require a lot of action, this would tend to predominantly be for menEthnicity White Black (other) Majority is white areaSocial Class Lower class Middle classSocial group Goths Social comfort zoneSexual All This film is targeted at a worldwideorientation audience therefore there is no specific sexual orientationProfession/Role Students Teachers They would probably want to watch the film because it would be the main topic of their students or their childrens conversation
Audience theory (McQuail)Reasons why people watch the ExplanationfilmEntertainment People will watch ‘The Crazies’ to be scared, as well as being entertained. Some people like the tense excitement when something scary comes onto the scene.Information People may watch ‘The Crazies’ because they would want to know more about this film as it is shown through advertisement.Personal identity People may want to watch the film ‘The Crazies’ because they would have a personal interest in this type of film.