• We want to create a thriller/suspense and our aim is to create the best
thriller ever done by a A2 student.
We believe that our idea is completely different, exciting and has lots of
twists and turns.
• PLOT SUMMARY:
• A woman breaks up with her obsessed husband and he suddenly vanishes.
Ten years later his back on a cat and mouse game to haunt the past.
• PLOT KEYWORDS: obsessed, hunt, vanish, break, husband, game, haunt,
past, ten years, back,
• GENRE: Thriller, Suspense
• ICONOGRHAPY WITHIN THE GENRE
• doors, windows, mirrors, night, knife, lights, phone, blood, trapped,
binoculars, teddy bear, roses, presents, the past , presents, chain.
• A young woman is living an any ordinary life with the perfect
husband and a dream daughter with any ordinary dreams in a
small town in London. She has finally moved on from her last
husband ten years ago and has now had a fresh start with her
new family, who moved house and has now settled in a small
• But things will start to get from good to worse for her and her
family as the last thing she want is suddenly back to haunt the
past and make her life a misery. The unwanted guest starts
spying on her, torments her life and watches every move she
makes. He then gives her an ultimatum of reuniting with him
again or his going to kill her husband and child.
• Houses (typical thriller as most scenes are set in a house e.g.. 'The
Stepfather'), Alleyways (highlight the sense of danger and isolation)
,City and Country side ( to evoke the atmosphere of isolation)
• High Barnet, London Bridge (may represent the city), Brent Cross (
alleyways for more darker scenes which also adds loneliness),
Heath (the trees and grass adds to the sense of isolation)
• The typical setting of a thriller is in an urban area and sometimes in
a quite country villages. Generally the main colours used would be
subtle but mainly grey, black ( if set in a city, showing how
mundane and normal life is) and white to emphasize the
helplessness and innocence of the first character introduced. Blue
represents someone has or is going to die and red is subtly used to
warn and symbolize danger and violence.
• We want to consider and incorporate the above points in our film.
COSTUMES & PROPS
• Typically, the colours and style of clothing worn by the characters draw
parallels to their personalities: Villains (antagonists) appear to wear black
or dark colours whilst protagonists (hero or innocent characters) appear to
wear white or pastel colours highlighting their vulnerability and
• Sarah Hill /Protagonist: will wear white or orange to show her happiness
as she just had a new family and started fresh.
• Seth Payne the Villain/Antagonist: wears dark clothes like black, blue and
burgundy or brown and a special chain that his wife gave her.
• Nigel Coward the husband: smartly dressed showing his wealth and
implying his a serious man
• Lucy the daughter: Bright happy young girl who wears colourful clothes
showing youth and innocence
TITLE IDEAS AND TYPOGRAPHY
• The Coming
• The Visit
• The Arrival
• Stranger In The House
• The Man Who Arrived
FILMING TECHNIQUES: SOUND &
• The trailer is going start slowly for at least 10 or 20
seconds and then an equilibrium will be broken and
tension will rise matching the scene and near the
end the trailer gathers more speed and therefore
increasing the amount of cuts into fast cuts. This is
typical of a thriller trailer.
• We want orchestral music at the start of the trailer (
slow) then gathers pace building tension near the
FILMING TECHNIQUES: SHOTS
• Typically in a Thriller, the camera shots are either steady (dialogue) or
move around a lot ( action scene is taking place)
• More camera movements are also used to show a sense of vulnerability
and or something bad or wrong has happened – increasing the suspense.
• CLOSE UP – to highlight the characters expressions and emotions
• MEDIUM CU – Shows characters body languages
• LONG SHOT – generally shows the killer or antagonist watching or spying
• PANNING – chase scenes and centre of action
• HIGH/LOW ANGLE – differitantes characters statuses
FILMING TECHNIQUES: LIGHTING
• Often in a thriller, the lighting is dim and hides parts
of the environment or the characters, which makes
the audience think that there's more to the character
( split- personality)
• If the antagonist is shown then generally they’re
shown in low light, emphasizing its mystery or
• The trailer will begin at day time and bright then
after the equilibrium is broken, things will get darker.