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Delirium Evaluation AS Thriller Opening


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Evaluation for AS thriller opening for media. Delirium

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Delirium Evaluation AS Thriller Opening

  1. 1. Delirium AS Media Thriller Opening Evaluation By Sam Hammond
  2. 2. 1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>When making my film, I tried to include as many elements of the Thriller genre as possible. I thought about camera angles, sound, characters and lighting. </li></ul><ul><li>I watched several thriller films (Pulp Fiction, Donnie Darko etc.) and evaluated them, noting down certain camera angles and sound effects that I thought worked well. </li></ul><ul><li>An example of a Thriller style camera angle I used was this: </li></ul><ul><li>1) 2) </li></ul><ul><li>This shot is called a “Zolly”. It is achieved by moving the camera forward while zooming out. It makes the hallway seem longer and the door seem further away. It has been used in several Thriller films in the past, one of the most famous being Jaws. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Other thriller elements I have used in my opening include the editing, the soundtrack and the style. </li></ul><ul><li>Editing: </li></ul><ul><li>I used a few different editing techniques to fit into the thriller genre. For example, I added the titles over the build up of the action, but did not overpower the film with them. They look effective as they appear in a flash of light, and then flash to disappear again. I used this to make the film look more professional and also to draw attention to the name of the person. I made them small to not distract people’s attention from the film too much. </li></ul><ul><li>Soundtrack: </li></ul><ul><li>I used a piece of music called Ghostpocalypse – The Call as my background soundtrack to the dream scene at the beginning. I chose it because it was very tense and eerie which is exactly what I wanted the scene to feel like. It also sets the uncomfortable atmosphere for the rest of the film. I also used drones within my film to build the tension of the climatic part of the opening. Drones are a very common feature of most thriller films. Many are used in psychological films particularly such as Donnie Darko. Press the speaker symbol to hear Ghostpocalypse – The Call. </li></ul><ul><li>Style: </li></ul><ul><li>I tried to create an eerie atmosphere by making the colours of the film quite dull, and by also making it generally darker. This is to create more suspense by making the audience more uncomfortable. For example, I raised the contrast on the black and white dream scene. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Original image recorded in black and white Image with raised contrast I also added a small spotlight to the image to focus attention to the road. It also makes the shot eerie because it looks as if there is a white mist on the road. Colour change example -
  5. 5. <ul><li>A way I challenged the forms and conventions of normal thrillers is by making the victim of my film male. This was different from many other thriller films because traditionally they use a female victim as they are seen as more vulnerable and innocent. However I decided that using a male victim would make the audience feel more uncomfortable and uneasy as it is not what they are used to seeing within thriller films. </li></ul><ul><li>This is also used in such films as Phone Booth. This is one of the films that I took inspiration from. The main character/victim is a male. He is also first portrayed as quite important and powerful, so when he becomes attacked by the killer, it is shocking and very tense. </li></ul><ul><li>I used this idea to an extent, but instead of having a powerful male figure, I decided to use a vulnerable male character, as this isn’t very common within thriller films, therefore making my film unique. </li></ul>Female victim from Psycho Male victim from Phone Booth Male victim from my opening
  6. 6. 2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>In my film I've represented the social group of normal teenage boys, around 17 years old and from a middle class background. I chose this because my main target audience would be mainly from this category as they are the type of people who would enjoy watching this sort of film. It appeals to them because it is different, eerie, interesting and quite violent. </li></ul><ul><li>I decided to use this group specifically because when my audience watch this they would be able to relate to the characters and victims a lot more, so therefore will find the film a lot more uneasy while watching it as it will remind them of themselves somewhat. </li></ul><ul><li>I have represented this social group stereotypically and also non-stereotypically. I have used males for the victims as they are stereotypically seen as a lot less innocent and vulnerable than females, however I have also shown them non-stereotypically because in reality, males are just as vulnerable as women. I wanted to show that everyone is as vulnerable as each other in dangerous situations. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>I think my film would most likely be distributed by a institution such as Miramax that is an independent/art-house production company. I think this because my film isn’t a conventional thriller, and it is also not intended to be a big money making blockbuster. It is also mainly being made for a specific target audience so using a company like this would mean that people who have enjoyed independent films from this company before would be more interested in watching my film. However, Miramax is probably one of the larger independent production companies, so it would still get a mass distribution to many people. It also means a lot more money could be put into producing it as the company is rather wealthy. </li></ul><ul><li>Another reason for not using one of the big media institutions (such as Universal) would be because they usually create franchises by selling different related products over a wide range of media technologies. For example, they may be interested in making a video game for the movie, or selling the soundtrack on their music label. However, this is not how I would like my film to be marketed. I would prefer it to use a clever advertising campaign by maybe using the internet as a platform to gain interest in the film. This would be clever as most of my target audience would be keen internet users. </li></ul><ul><li>Other thriller/horror films have used the internet to create interest in them, such as Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project. Secrets where slowly released about each film, acting as if the stories behind both films were real. These marketing campaigns gained high interest in the films </li></ul>
  8. 8. 4. Who would be the audience for your media product? <ul><li>My main target audience for my film is male within the age range of 16 – mid 20s. When deciding what sub genre of thrillers I wanted my film to be, I asked people from this age range and gender what their favourite film from a list of different thrillers was. They chose Donnie Darko, so I chose to make my film a psychological thriller, as these are the type of thrillers that are obviously most popular for this social group. </li></ul><ul><li>My film would appeal to this audience because of the interesting story line, eerie atmosphere and violent scenes. This group may enjoy a complicated and intriguing storyline that will make them think and try and figure out the twists and turns. </li></ul><ul><li>However, I think my film would also be enjoyed by people from other social groups. Such as 20 – 40 year old men and women. It just really depends on what genre each individual enjoys. </li></ul><ul><li>My film would be rated 15, so people under this age would not be able to watch this film as it would contain some quite adult themes such as </li></ul><ul><li>death, mental problems and some swearing that would </li></ul><ul><li>not be suitable for their age. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 5. How did you attract/address your audience? <ul><li>As I have said already, my audience consists mainly of males aged between 16 – mid 20s. I tried to attract them by making the opening as tense as possible, and by also creating a question of which needed to be answered. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Who is this boy, why was he attacked and who attacked him?” </li></ul><ul><li>This instantly gets the audience involved and intrigued as they want to know the answer to this and so watch the rest of the film. </li></ul><ul><li>As I also mentioned before, I used a male victim in my film because I knew that seeing a male in this situation would make them feel uncomfortable and uneasy as they can relate to him. The audience would feel a connection with him as they would imagine themselves in his position. I got this idea from such films as Phone Booth, but my main inspiration was from Donnie Darko. </li></ul><ul><li>In Donnie Darko there is no particular victim, but however the main character is a male, and he has to cope with normal teenage problems while battling his mental problems. This means that the audience could therefore connect with him to a certain extent and relate to the situations he finds himself in. </li></ul><ul><li>I also had inspiration from the style of the film, such as the dark lighting and clever camera angles. </li></ul>
  10. 10. To make the film have more of a psychological thriller feel to it, I tried to use some very clever camera angles to build the tension. For example, to place the audience into the scene and connect with them, I used a POV (point of view) shot. This builds the tension and suspense as it makes the film seem more realistic. Here is a small example (click picture to play): Here is my “Zolly” shot. This would attract my audience because it is a very interesting and engaging spectacle. The door seems to be moving away, but the legs are staying in the same place. It has also been used in many other films such as jaws that the audience may recognise.
  11. 11. <ul><li>In my film, the audience are made to put themselves in the position of the boy, and not the killer like in other thrillers. It is only seen from the position of the boy and the audience experiences the feelings and fears that he too is experiencing. This builds the suspense up as you connect with the boy, and are worried about what will happen, and why it happened. It also builds up suspense because you do not see any signs of who or what may be threatening him, so therefore they know as little as the boy, this again relates to the connection between the audience and the character. </li></ul><ul><li>The audience do not see what happens to the boy at the end. He is opening the door, and then he is lying on the floor. This is all the audience witnesses. I think this is a good choice as the audience want to know what happened to him, and what will happen next so therefore will keep watching to find out. It also creates a sense of mystery and tension, which is what I planned it to be like. </li></ul>
  12. 12. 6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product? <ul><li>I had very good knowledge of film making technology/equipment before this task as I have been making films for several years now, however I feel I have learnt about other ways of using the technology I was provided with and learnt to overcome any problems I have along the way. </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, just before starting to film, my personal camera broke and it had to be sent off to be fixed. So instead I used a camera from the school. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths of the camera: </li></ul><ul><li>It responded to dark lighting quite well, and also made it look more stylised. </li></ul><ul><li>It was able to record in black and white for the dream scene. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus was adjustable </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly good quality picture </li></ul><ul><li>It was small, so easy to manoeuvre </li></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses of the camera: </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded on to tape </li></ul><ul><li>Only able to connect to computers via firewire (I had trouble connecting to my home computer, so had to record to dvd using dvd recorder and then rip the dvd on to my PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Grainy picture quality </li></ul><ul><li>Bad sound recording (white noise) </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>On the day of filming, the person who I wanted to act in my film told me that he couldn’t make it, and because I wanted to keep to my schedule and get the film completed, I decided to be in it myself. I asked my sister to help with the filming. However, I set up every camera angle and filmed the dream scene myself. </li></ul><ul><li>The only other real problem I faced was getting the footage on to my computer to edit as I wanted to do it at home on Adobe Premiere as I was very familiar with it as I have used it thoroughly in the past. Firstly, my PC did not have a firewire connection, so therefore I could not use the provided cables to connect with. I then decided I would play the camera through my DVD recorder, and record the footage straight on to DVD. I then had to rip the DVD on to my computer and then edit from this. Obviously, some of the picture and sound quality was lost, but in the end, not much was affected. </li></ul><ul><li>When planning my film, I decided that I needed to use a form of “dolly” for some of my shots. I tried many things, but in the end resorted to attaching the tripod to a skateboard and rolling it along. I practised a few times and perfected keeping it still. For two of the “dolly” shots, I just attached the camera to the skateboard to create a low angle that produces a unusual perspective that increased the eerie atmosphere. In the end, I think the “dolly” shots worked well as they were smooth and visually effective. </li></ul>
  14. 14. 7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt from the progression of it to the full product? <ul><li>When I made the preliminary task, I was in a group, so the process of making the film was not as intense as we shared the work between us. However, I made my full product completely on my own, so a lot more time was spent filming, editing and researching. </li></ul><ul><li>Before making this final product, I did quite a lot of research in to other thrillers and the thriller genre overall. I feel this helped a lot more, as I was able to incorporate ideas and techniques from other products in to my own film, such as the style of Donnie Darko and the male victim of Phone Booth. It also made me think a lot more about the audience I was targeting, and how important titles are to a complete film. </li></ul><ul><li>The planning was a lot more in depth. Creating a full storyboard and making a shooting schedule made the whole filming process a lot more focused. As I already knew the shots I wanted to film, I could focus on making them look their best. It also allowed me to film in a shorter period of time. </li></ul><ul><li>I learnt from my preliminary that camera angles and shots needed a lot more attention because they are what the audience is seeing overall, and what will shape their interest when watching. If a film had dull and boring camera shots, the audience would automatically become less involved and entertained. </li></ul><ul><li>I have also learnt since the first task, that when filming a longer, more in depth scene, you face more and more challenges that you need to overcome. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>I now feel a lot more confident with the equipment as I learnt how to use them when the normal routine isn’t possible, such as recording the film to DVD instead of transferring the footage straight to a PC. I have also learnt that a film can look professional even without using the most up to date and high quality equipment. Using the right effects, soundtrack, lighting, mise en scene and style can instantly make a film tense and full of suspense. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, I think my film is successful in being the opening to a thriller as it incorporates many traditional techniques and themes normally associated with that genre, yet it still challenges and develops on others which ultimately makes it unique and different. It creates suspense, tension and an eerie atmosphere and builds up to a climatic end that leaves the audience with a question that they want to be answered. A film could easily follow this opening as it creates an enigma that needs to be revealed, and it would also follow the same style. The soundtrack created an uneasy atmosphere, and the darkness of the scenes completed the style and just added to the overall suspense. I also included ideas that I have previously not seen in a thriller before such as the flashing images near to the end which again makes my film seem unique. </li></ul><ul><li>I have enjoyed this project, and I feel I have successfully made an effective </li></ul><ul><li>opening to a thriller film </li></ul>