V for Vendetta
The institutions is the information about the Director, Production Company, Release Date, Box
Ofﬁce Returns, etc. I have gathered all the information I need from the internet, because it is
quicker and easier and I have collected the information below from the website IMDb.
V for Vendetta was McTeigueʼs ﬁrst directing job so he probably wanted this
ﬁlm to go well so that people would know his name. However he had already
been Assistant Director or Second Unit Director on 19 ﬁlms so he would have
already known the important things.
The Wachowski Brothers
The Wachowski brothers are Lana and Andy Wachowski, who work on
all their ﬁlms together whether it is writing or producing. The brothers had
written for 15 other ﬁlms before they took the V for Vendetta job, giving
them lots of experience.
The ﬁlm did not just have one company it had seven, which are
• Silver Pictures
• Anarchos Productions (in association with)
• Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Productions Limited)
• Fünfte Babelsberg Film (as Fünfte Babelsberg Film GmbH)
• Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (with the assistance of)
• DC Comics (Vertigo)
• Virtual Studios
Through doing this case study I have noticed that there is always more than one production
company, I believe that it could be to do with getting enough money to make and to receive the
workers for the ﬁlm.
Most of the companies had previous work with other ﬁlms, except the Anarchos Production who
had V for Vendetta for it ﬁrst ﬁlm.
The genre for this ﬁlm is Action, Sci-Fi and Triller
17 March 2006
Country of Making
The ﬁlm was made in the UK, USA and Germany, it was ﬁlmed mainly in the UK, but there was
some ﬁlming in Germany.
The movie won 3 awards and was nominated 16 times for other awards. The three that they won
where Best Actress, DOP award and Best Product Design.
I have split the money section into two parts Budget and Gross, so that you can have a clearer look
at the money.
The ﬁlm had a big budget of $54 million, this could suggest the companies thought that it was going
to be a good ﬁlm so they gave the movie a high budget.
The ﬁlm had a worldwide gross of $132,511,035, which means they made a proﬁt of
$78,511,035 which is a great proﬁt. This makes me assume that the ﬁlm is well made and will appeal
In this audience section I will go though the intend audience and the reception of the ﬁlm, I will be
using ratings and user comments from IMDb.
I think that the ﬁlm has a wide appeal range with its intended audience. I believe this because
before the ﬁlm it used to be a comic, so the people who used to read it would want to go and see
the ﬁlm, to ﬁnd out what it is about.
However the ﬁlm also has the sub genre action so I believe they also wanted to get people who
like to see action in a modern day hero. Also being a thriller gives the impression the action part of
the ﬁlm will be intense and skillful, making the action people want to see it even more.
The intended age group of the audience would be between the age of 15-25 I would say this age
group because if you watch the trailers they seem to only show ﬁghting parts of the ﬁlm. This age
group has a tendency to watch ﬁlms with action and with a bit of thrill.
Overall this ﬁlm scored high on the ratings with 8.2,
showing that the audience enjoyed watching the ﬁlm.
My prediction of the intended audience was correct as
the under 18 and 18-29 scored the highest for this ﬁlm
showing the ﬁlms popularity.
What does surprise me though is the fact that from the
age 30 up scored the ﬁlm highly showing that they
also enjoyed watching the movie, which surprises me
with the amount of violence that is shown.
One comment agrees with the ratings above,
J.R. Thompson an author from Hollywood, CA gave the ﬁlm 10 out of 10. From what I can get out of
his comment I can see that the ﬁlm did what it was trying to do - entertain the watcher and make
them feel that they are part of the ﬁlm - I assume this because the commentator writes “I got
seriously emotional during a lot of the parts.” This gives the impression that the ﬁlm was so well
made that the audience can feel part of the ﬁlm.
However some of the commenter disagree like, CineCritic2517 from the Netherlands only gave the
ﬁlm 1 out of 10 and with giving the subject title, “Some movies are arguably overrated, but this is just
pathetic” this is the complete opposite to commentator above, suggesting that the ﬁlm is not
everyones cup of tea. Through the reviews the comments seem to bring down the ﬁlm such as,
“couldn't act her way out of a high-school drama” suggesting the acting is poor and unbelievable.
In this section I will talk about how the technology has increased the audiences knowledge and
access of the ﬁlm.
The Audiences Knowledge
The audiences knowledge depends on what they did before they watched the ﬁlm, if they were to
research the ﬁlm before they went to the cinema they would have found the out the plot reviews and
that it is a graphic novel. If the audience searched for the ﬁlm they would have easily found out the
plot by simply clicking on a reliable movie review website, letting them know more about the ﬁlm.
The audiences knowledge of the main character V is unreliable due to the
fact you donʼt know why he saved the woman and who he is. This is
because of the technology that they used when V put on his mask because
as he lifts it to his face you go through the side to a great camera technique
and because of the editing done on the computers makes these tiny things
better. It also can either make it easier or harder to understand who the
The same thing is done with lighting, when it comes to masking the
persons identity, this is done when he is ﬁghting the people who are
trying to attack Evey there is a shot of him it only shows half of his
face making it hard to see what the mask looks like
Because of the fast changing technology it has become easier and easier to access ﬁlms via
renting, buying or cinema.
The new way of renting ﬁlms has changed over the decade, no more walking down to the local shop
and renting one of a very small collection of DVDs. Now it is renting a DVD off the internet, the
companies that do this are Loveﬁlm and Amazon which send you your DVD. You can also buy
DVDs for a very reasonable price from these websites
The cinema is changing greatly because of technology, to watch a ﬁlm at the cinema you would
have to queue to buy your ticket, now they have added touch screen machines where you can
choose anything you want and then put in your credit card to pay for the ticket.
They are also thinking of bringing in the idea of having the ﬁlms on DVDs instead of having it on a
ﬁlm reel. The DVD way would allow you to watch the in High Deﬁnition making everything crystal
clear which makes the visual experience even better.
Codes/Forms & Conventions of the Thriller Genre
The opening has many conventions of a thriller, the ﬁrst one is the title of the
production companies, they have altered the colour of the logos so that they are
black and white, this might have been done to represent the city, consumed by
The next convention that you see is to do with a ﬂashback of Guy
Fawkes, to show that it is a ﬂashback they use a blurring effect on
everything except the person they are focusing on. This is a
convention that they do in every thriller ﬁlm.
After the ﬂashback there is a shot of ﬁre spreading, after a few shots it is
shown to be a symbol of a V contained in circle, this could be hinting that
there is going to be a ﬁre or an explosion. This hint explains why there was a
ﬂashback of Guy Fawkes, as he tried to blow up the houses of parliament,
that could suggest that the ﬁlm might have something to do with the
The red in the title is hinting at danger in the ﬁlm, it could be
also be hinting at ﬁre which is why there is an orange colouring
in the title.
Another big convention is the character V wearing the mask to conceal his face from the public, this
is done to bring up the questions “who is he?”, “Why does he wear the mask?”. This is the main
convention that ﬁlms like to do, because it makes you want to watch the rest of the ﬁlm.
Before there is going to be a ﬁght there is a big hint that most people miss,
if the character who ﬂicks out a blade or plays with his gun, that is the hint
of a ﬁght.
The character that attacks Evey ﬂicks out a
badge as soon as you see it, you can tell that
is the logo of the villains of the movie. You
can tell this because of the red hinting at
danger and it is surrounded in black suggesting that it is evil. The red
is almost blood colour which hints that the badge is meant to be a
threat, which explains why Evey tries to run away.
Throughout the ﬁght the character V keeps
himself to the shadows to hide his face and to
create an aura of fear to him, so it puts off the
Codes/Forms & Conventions of the Thriller Genre
From the shot scene of the city that is shown the area has
cobble roads, the strange thing that you notice is the fact there
is no street lights, so the area is only lit up by the moonlight,
which gives a mise-en-scene effect to the place as being a
place to be feared, also all of the houses have no lights on,
showing the people are scared as well.
For the sound section I will split it up into non-diegetic and diegetic sounds.
The titles of the production companies is the ﬁrst non-diegetic sound that you hear. The sound is of
army marching music, however it is more intense giving the impression that the ﬁlm is about the
During the ﬂashback there is the sound a high cord of a violin getting louder and quieter to add
tension to the ﬂashbacks, also making you know something is about to happen.
The next bit of sound is when Evey is leaving her house the noise of the violin starts to build up with
her footsteps, indicating she is going to get into danger. As the ﬁght starts the violin starts to go from
high to low chords to make the ﬁght seem fast paced and aggressive.
The ﬁst part of diegetic noise is the sound of Evey repeating the Guy Fawkes rhyme, which shows
the ﬂash back of Guy Fawkes getting caught. Over the top of the ﬂashback she talks about how she
“has witnessed ﬁrst hand the power of ideas….. I have seen people kill in the name of them and I am
defending them” giving the impression that she revolts against the idea.
The next part of sound is an insight into the society that the characters lives in. There is a man on TV
who talks about why America has got to where it is today, “the worlds biggest leper colony, why?
…..Godlessness…...we did what we had to do...Islington, Pemﬁeld, I was there I saw it all
immigrants, Muslims, Homosexuals, terrorists, disease ridden degenerates!” this shows that the UK
now treats anybody with different beliefs as unworthy of God.
After she switches off the TV she says “Oh shit” as she looks at the time giving the impression that
she is late. It changes shot to a high angle pan down as it does a voice says “Yellow automated
curfew, any caught after hours will be arrested, this is for your safety” this show there is something
controlling the UK.
When she is about to get attacked a man pulls a badge out Evey says “Oh my god your ﬁnger men”
she then starts to plead with him, hinting that these people have control over the streets at night and
people are scared of them.
Although you donʼt really see what V is wearing you can tell he has a
cape and a hat on, making him look like Guy Fawkes. I think this is
who they were trying to represent him as because in the ﬁlm he tries
to take down the parliament.
In the open you can tell V is a skilled swordsman, shown by the way
he disarms a man in one swift attack. This makes you think that the
character may have been a fencer or may be in the arm, which
would explain the way he hit a man ﬂying in to a wall.
During the ﬁght scene he is shown to have no care for life by the way he goes to a man who is trying
to crawl away but as he is trying V goes up to him and the camera goes to show his shadow
stabbing the man.
V is shown to be intelligent by the way he starts to rant on to Evey about why he helped, it starts off
with him speaking normally but as he get angry he gets quicker and quicker and starts to say words
that begin with V, giving the sense that he is smart.
Is shown to be the complete opposite to V as when they are both getting ready, she takes her time
puts on her make up, dress, hair and making sure she looks good. As V dresses he only puts on his
mask, cape and secures his daggers into place.
She is represented as being very weak by the way one man grabbed her arm and she couldnʼt
move. The opening makes her out to be a stereotypical blonde women, cares to much about her
make up and doesnʼt have any strength to stop the attacks, not even a kick.
However she does know these are dangerous street so she carryʼs round a can of mace in her bag
for protection, giving the impression she likes to be prepared.
This statement below gives the impression that the ﬁlm has something to do with the government
having too much control and maybe the people should try to take it back, that is why the
government should be scared of the people.
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The title suggests that the ﬁlm has something to do with revenge, as vendetta is when you give a
promise to someone that you will have revenge on them for some reason. This could mean the ﬁlm
has murder in it, which explains why the title is red.