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Psychological thriller conventions


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Psychological thriller conventions

  1. 1. Psychological thriller conventions
  2. 2. Conventions  Shadow/low-key light – they are used to add tension into a scene and sometime to show darkness side of the character  Quick cuts – they use them to build a tension and suspense also to show reality of the situation and create panic, so audience can feel the same emotions as character  Urban locations – these locations are mostly used as isolated and countryside are more associated with horror genre  Reality – main character has mental problem, are unstable emotionally and they are not able to recognize what is good and what is bad or what is real and what is not  Mostly mentally ill person in psychological thrillers focus their attention and life-style on someone or something, they are able to commit crime to get it  Purpose – The object for which something exists; an aim or a goal humans strive towards to understand their reason for existence. Characters often try to discover what their purpose is in their lives and the narrative's conflict often is a way for the characters to discover this purpose.  Use of slow and fast editing to show the up and downs of mentally ill person  Music in psychological thrillers also links to the scenes on the screen and mostly are very eerie and tense, they are to build a tension and create a shock within audience  Obtrusive & montage editing is used frequently in psychological thrillers to highlight the feelings and emotions of suspense and tension within a scene, this is mostly used in important scenes  Flashbacks are really often used in psychological thriller as they show what happen in the past and how this have impact on present life  Mind – The human consciousness; the location for personality, thought, reason, memory, intelligence and emotion. The mind is often used as a location for narrative conflict, where characters battle their own minds to reach a new level of understanding or perception.  Identity – The definition of one's self. Characters often are confused about or doubt who they are and try to discover their true identity
  3. 3. Conventional props  Weapons – there can be find weapons. For example when mentally unstable person try to hurt their victim  Photos – they are often used as it can show, for example obsession over the victim Conventional locations Urban locations such as:  City  Park  Street  Hotel  Etc. Conventional costumes  People with mentally illness mostly look as normal people, they can have neat clothes and neat hairstyle. They usually do not stand out from the mainstream.
  4. 4. Ending  Mentally ill person is caught by police or someone who tried to find him, for example the family/friends of his victim  Mentally ill person is killed by his victim  Mentally ill person kills his victim and is looking for another one  Mentally ill person reaches his/her goals  Person, who was persecuted by mentally ill person, recovers her/his previous life  Victim escapes from her persecutor and back to normal life, where persecutor is still on freedom  Etc.