THE TITLE OF THE FILM The title of our film is ‘DEACTIVATE’. The reason we have called our film Deactivate is because first of all it is a short and snappy and therefore should stick in the viewers head and allow them to remember it. Also the reason behind the title Deactivate is the fact that it is psychological, it leads the viewers feeling ambiguous and wondering what has been deactivated and why. This links to the genre we have chosen which is psychological/slasher and conveys this clearly.One of the main themes of our trailer is social media and Deactivate stands for a personbeing deactivated from the main characters Facebook and symbolically being deactivatedfrom their lives completely.The title of our film appears in the middle of Abbie’s murder scene towards the end of thetrailer. It appears very dramatically with a BOOM sound so that it sticks in the viewersminds. The reason we placed it towards the end of the trailer is so that there is morechance for the viewers to remember it because it will be one of the last things that theywill see.
SETTING/LOCATIONThe setting and location for our horror movie trailer is in a fairly normal atmosphere and isplaced in an everyday environment. Most of the action and main scenes are filmed in ahouse. The opening scene is filmed in the main protagonists bedroom and the murderscenes are filmed in a bedroom and a dining room. We did this because one of the maingenres of our film is psychological and we want people to picture in their minds the realityof these situations and focus on these situations as if it could also happen to them to(more realistic). In our trailer we used a couple of establishing shots of the house to showthe whole setting to the audience so they can get a picture of the whole scene.
COSTUMES AND PROPSThe costumes for our characters is very normal and ‘stereotypical’ for teenagers. Due to the fact thatthe main protagonists within our film trailer are teenagers we wanted them to look like most of ouraudience (because the main audience for our film is teens to 20’s) so that the audience can relate tothem. Being a psychological film trailer we want the characters to look as average as possible so that itcan seem realistic. The general clothing would be jeans, t-shirt, baggy jumper, shorts etc.Some of the main props we used for our trailer was the year book and the knife. The reason that theyyear book is a significant prop is because the viewers will get the sense that this is one of the mainaspects of the film and will leave them feeling confused and muddled about why the book is one ofthe main focuses. Also we included the knife with dripping blood on it in the last murder scene and isone of the final frames in our trailer. The reason for including the close-up shots of the knife is becauseanother sub-genre of our film is slasher and we wanted to make this clear by using stock weaponswhich are a key aspect of slasher films. The knife represents that it was a violent murder and drags theviewers in to be terrified even more. We decided to have it as one of the final frames so that theimage of the bloody knife sticks in the viewers head and will hopefully lead them to want to watch thewhole film.
CAMERA WORK AND EDITINGWe used a worms eye view When we filmed Louis’camera shot to show the book murder scene we decidedfalling off the shelf. The reason for to use a handheld camerathis is to give the viewers another style to give the shot aaspect of the book and to add more eerie effect and tosome dimension to the trailer. It add suspense and terroralso adds a bit more shock to the to the scene and also toviewers because it a fairly quick make it seem much moreshot meaning that it slightly realistic. We used a still-makes the viewer jump. For Abbie’s murder scene, we shot of Louis through the used a slightly long bars just to get a slightWhen our main protagonist, Cassie is reading distance, canted angle to film glimpse of the normalitythe year book we used an over the shoulder her running in through the of him (e.g.. Typicalcamera shot so that the viewers can see the doors. This gives us a view of clothes and playing the xmain character but also have a glimpse of the whole setting and adds box) and to add to thewhat she is reading in the year book. some dimension to the trailer. suspense.
TITLE FONT AND STYLE The type of font we decided to use for our title, is font that looks like an old- fashioned type-writer. The reason for using this is because we wanted the writing to look as if it has been typed by somebody to link with the whole social network/online theme. The text we used helps us to achieve that as it looks like the type of text some of us might use on the internet to talk to each other.We also used a black background along with white writing. We feel that this leads our titleto stand out and also adds to the horror theme (black being symbolic of danger, death,darkness.) The white writing appears very bright on the black background and thereforewill catch the viewers attention and draw them in to the title hopefully leading it to stickin their heads.
STORY AND HOW THE OPENING SETS IT UPThe first few shots we used at the beginning of our trailer show the main charactersearching through her bookshelf for a book. We show a book falling off the shelf and theaudience get a clear view of the words ‘year book’ written on the front cover. The book isalso red, leading it to stand out but not only that, also connoting death, danger, jealousyand rage. The fact that we emphasize the words ‘year book’ expresses to the audience thatthis will be a major aspect of the story. A ‘year book’ represents the past and days back inschool, the audience will kind of get the sense that the main character is going to focus onthe year book and hopefully see this as a main horrific device for the story.
GENRE & HOW THE OPENING SUGGESTS ITThe opening of our horror movie trailer gives emphasis on the slasher/psychologicalgenre of our film due to, first of all, one of the very first shots which is of the year bookfalling. This gives a sign of the psychological aspect of the trailer because it meddles withthe viewers heads because they wonder why the year book is being used and they willfeel fairly confused. Also at the beginning, we have a flashback of Cassie (one of our mainprotagonists) to when she was a little girl. This shot also adds to the suspense andpsychological horror sub genre because the audience might start becoming a little bitterrified of what is going to happen, and terror is a major convention of a horror movie.Also the fact that Cassie is a typical teenage girl adds to the slasher sub genre of horrorbecause Slasher films tend to have teenagers as the main characters. Finally, another shotwe have in the opening of our trailer is of Cassie circling names of people that she wantsto take revenge on. The audience will get the sense that something terrible is going tohappen, furthermore feeling confused (psychological aspect).
HOW CHARACTERS ARE INTRODUCEDThe main characters on our trailer are stereotypical teenagers, thus representing the slasherelement of our trailer. The first of our characters to be introduced is Cassie (the main protagonist).The way in which she is introduced is by using a high angle birds eye shot of her. This shot allowsthe audience to see the whole of her and also see what she is doing (reading the year book) sothat the viewers can begin to relate to the main character. The second character within our traileris Louis, the macho, stereotypical ‘strong’ type of guy. We are introduced to him through the barsof his bedroom (with a handheld camera) while he is playing on his x box. This creates suspensefor the audience and also allows the audience to recognise that Louis is a victim in this horrormovie and that something is going to happen to him. The third of our characters to be introducedis Abbie who is also another victim within our trailer. The camera is at a canted angle giving a viewof the whole of the setting. We see Abbie running in through the doors in a fast paced, scaredmanner. Therefore creating tension for the viewers and in anticipation of what is going to happennext. They also get a full view of the character allowing them to relate to her and also have asense of her vulnerability, adding to the terrifying atmosphere.
SPECIAL EFFECTSOne of the main special effects we used is the distorted flashing throughout theflashback shot. The flashback is already quite frightening because of theseriousness of the little girls face and the emotions that are shown throughout, andadding in these special effects add s to the uncertainty and fear of this shot. Itforeshadows what is going to happen and emphasises that it will be something badbecause it’s as if the film is broken and old. Also, it may further puzzle the viewerseven more because it may lead them to think that this distorted effect is on theirown screen in which they are looking at, meaning that their head is being messedwith (psychological aspect) and they will feel that something bad is going tohappen to them. It draws them in and should lead them to want to watch the filmin the cinema.