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  1. 1. <ul><li>1. In What ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of existing thriller films? </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>For my media production, I was to present the opening sequence of a new Thriller, including The Titles, aimed at a 15 or 18 certificate audience for approximately two minutes in duration. Before I could start with the production I had to learn what the term “Thriller” meant. The dictionary definition of the term “Thriller” is that it is a suspenseful and sensational story or Film. Thrillers are usually consisted of numerous action scenes and fast paced plots. Further on for my production I decided to Look at sub genres of thriller films, I found that Thrillers can be related by several sub genres such as, crime, action/adventure, sci-fi, drama, Mystery, horror, fantasy, and psychological. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our typical conventional thriller <ul><li>The thriller that I and my group have created for our film project uses typical Conventions and forms of a horror thriller. We show this as we have an antagonist who typically is a bit crazy and is torturing an innocent child . This establishes a conventional thriller as children represents innocence, therefore the audience would recognise them as the protagonist immediately and of course the person torturing the child as the antagonist. Also this establishes a horror thriller because in horror thrillers the antagonist is superior to the victim which is the case in our thriller as the torturer is an young adult and the victim is a young vulnerable child. Also our film is very complicated and enigma is created because nobody knows who the torturer is at the beginning. Throughout the film the main character Andy Blackwell who is foreseeing psychiatric help, thinks that he was the boy who was being tortured, then at the end a shocking revelation is made the he is the torturer and that his brain has blocked this memory. This narrative follows a conventional thriller for example in fight club and shutter island , the audience are led to believe that the main characters are the protagonists, in both films in the end the shocking revelation is that both leading characters are the antagonists and that their mind has blocked the memories in which they have done horrible things. Furthermore our film’s gory scenes follows conventional thriller as it is similar to the form of hostel’s torturing scene, as both our film and hostel is in very dark trapped place and also very gory. Also another way our thriller is established as a horror thriller is the music is linked with what is going on in our thriller it is parallel with what is going, which is following a conventional thriller. </li></ul>INNOCENT Our thriller torturing scene Hostel torturing scene Very similar location and torturing
  4. 4. Our thriller challenging a thriller convention <ul><li>However Our thriller challenges a normal horror thriller as we use a child about the age of 10 as our victim, which is not a normal convention in a conventional thriller as most horror thriller use adults or teenagers as the victim not children. However we did find a movie where a child was the victim this was in the film ransom where a young child was kidnapped as ransom for money, but in this film, the antagonists didn’t torture the child as we did in our film, therefore I would say our film is a bit unique as children do not get tortured in many horror thrillers. However our thriller does follow the storyline of a conventional horror thriller </li></ul>Child as victim (not usual in thrillers) Our thriller, torturing a child which is unique in a film
  5. 5. Titles The title of our film is displayed here. It is produced on a after effects programme. All of our title sequence is in bright red and black, the text is in bright red and the black is in the background. However some text is in different sizes and different effects however they are all very similar. This title colour establishes that the film is going to be quite bloody and gruesome, emphasising it is a horror thriller. This is fairly common text used in horror thrillers. For example the movie dawn of the dead they have similar title sequence to ours, as that film also has the whole red and bloody writing going on in their title sequence. Many other thrillers also has this type of technique this is because the red signifies fear and blood, which is what our film needed as it is a horror film. Also in all of our title shots the title moves about and shakes, this is to show to the audience that even the writing is to made to scare them as it is done in gory style this will establish to the audience even by looking at the title sequence it is a horror thriller. The title shaking in our thriller was inspired by the title sequence of the movie seven where they also had the titles moving about however theirs was in a different colour to ours and our titles are much larger. Title shaking (moving) The movie se7en title sequence
  6. 6. Setting/Location <ul><li>The reason our group have chosen two different locations is because it gives a contrast between the child being happy and then being tortured. We could have started the film straight into the torturing scene however this way the audiences will sympathise more as they can see the dramatic contrast between the kid being happy and innocent playing in the park and then later being tortured in a shed/garage by a crazy man. </li></ul><ul><li>We got this idea from the movie dead mans shoes where the beginning is the older brother remembering him and his younger brother when they were kids playing and then it cuts to the present day, this engages the audience as they see how close the brothers are, which is like are thriller seeing how happy the child was whilst playing in the park. </li></ul>Child happy and playing Contrast from the park now child being tortured
  7. 7. Use of Camera, Sound, Editing and Mise-en-Scene <ul><li>Use of Camera </li></ul><ul><li>As our film is a horror thriller movie we decided to use mostly close up shots so that the audience can see the clear emotions of the child being tortured, therefore they will sympathise much more than if they see the shot from far with it being unclear, theses close up shots was inspired by the movie dawn of the dead opening where most of the shots were close ups the reason we did that is also the can see the every detail of what is going on therefore the audience will be scared. This sticks to normal camera work of a horror thriller as they also use lots of close up to scare the audience like in the earlier example dawn of the dead opening. </li></ul><ul><li>Sound </li></ul><ul><li>The soundtrack we used for our thriller is a very sad and emotional soundtrack parallel to what is going on in the thriller. Most thrillers for the emotional parts use sad soundtracks, therefore our thriller soundtrack is following thriller conventions. </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>The editing used is very similar to that of the movie dawn of the dead as is has a close up shot, then part of the title sequence and that is how it continues. The editing also follows a thriller conventions as this is how many horror thrillers do their editing. We did this type of editing so the all shots in one go doesn’t confuse the audience this way we break up shots so in-between the shots when it is the title sequence the audience has time to figure out what is happening. </li></ul><ul><li>Mise-en-scene </li></ul><ul><li>The lighting we used to was to create shadows of the man who is torturing the child, to create enigma to who this evil character is and why he is doing these things. Also the there is no dialogue in the opening between the actors, however there is voice of the news in the background, the no dialogue between the characters adds to further enigma. We only see the child in the opening scene and what he is wearing is what you expect a child to wear normal casual clothes, such trainers, jeans, hoodie, shirt. This adds to the effect of the audience believing it is a real life situations because you wouldn’t see a child wearing a suit in park. </li></ul>