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Chris Shutes - Evaluation

  1. 1. Our Thriller creates suspense mainly by the soundtrack that we used. It builds up, and has a fast heartbeat style to it which will naturally increase the audience’s heart rate when coupled with the visual, as the audience does not know the exact relevance of what they are seeing. Especially the photos and the man that our protagonist is spending time with in the photos and why the pictures of her beaten are flashed during the opening credits. We use similar generic conventions to most thrillers as we use darkness as a key factor, leaving the audience suspicious. Along with quick cuts in our editing and sudden flashes of images and light from the phone.
  2. 2. Our thriller confuses the audience as the staging of the sequence does not have a simple explanation. We show our protagonist in a bad state in our opening credits but then followed by her asleep in bed, however with an intruder in her room but he does not harm her at all, and the audience is left guessing as to whether he comes back another time or if someone else harms her. As we see that she’s fine in the next scene so leaves the audience confused before the film and making assumptions for themselves.
  3. 3. Our representation of gender is shown through our antagonist being a man and our protagonist being a girl, it also represented a weakness as the girl is filmed from above to make her seem more vulnerable. Filming our antagonist from the back and not revealing his identity leaves scope for the rest of the film and so yet again keeps the audience guessing about who he could be and how or if he knows who the girl in the bed is. This is continued with our other range of shots especially the over the shoulder shot as it still hides the intruders identity but allows the audience so see where he is looking, we used a similar technique with the point of view shot as it gives us an insight as to how he is thinking and the audience is kept questioning what he is looking for.
  4. 4. We used normal looking people to create a scene that most of the audience could relate to and so making it more intriguing for the audience as they could see themselves in this situation and therefore making it scarier for the viewer. Linking with this our use of Mise en scene with the photo’s of the woman and another man, who looks as if he is her boyfriend or partner, this means that the audience are given lots of things to process in a short timescale forcing a state of mild confusion. As they would be wondering what the antagonist is going to do/is looking for/his relevance to the girl/what he is thinking and then with the use of the Mise en scene the audience then has to think who the man in the photo is which makes the situation change as then new ideas put in the audiences head for them to try and interpret themselves
  5. 5. Our opening sequence could easily have a chance of being shown at an amateur film function or arts seminar. However we would have to use better quality equipment compared to what we actually used. Although still using a very small budget, it would be possible to produce a better quality of film but still using our ideas and conventions. Our use of credits merged with the actual sequence such as the phone and the letters on the front steps, along with our choice of Mise en scene with the location for the next morning, giving the impression that she has a level of class about her linking back to the audience wondering. When they evaluate the situation and also wonder about how the intruder got in to the building as it looks very formal. The storyline for our thriller could easily be incorporated for a box office film, as there is lots of scope for an in depth story to follow what happens so far.
  6. 6. We were only able to use the Panasonic IX series camera’s that we had available, this meant that the final video quality of our filming is fairly poor due to the low light levels of most of our shots in the scene in the bedroom and therefore this induces ‘noise’ in to the picture. As we did not want to use the camera in night mode which would have reduced quality even more as it changes the shutter speed. We only found out that the quality of the video was reduced after the production had been compressed to a .mov file and burned on to a DVD. If we had had access to an HD camera this wouldn’t have been a problem as the low light levels wouldn’t have been an issue and we would get an overall better picture throughout.
  7. 7. Our audience would hopefully be attracted to this particular thriller because it is aimed to appeal to our age range of 15-30 and has suitable attributes to keep our audience enthralled in our thriller. Most people would be slightly on edge when watching a suspicious looking character intruding in to a woman’s bedroom, especially younger members of the audience and women in the audience to as they may be able to picture themselves in this situation and this would therefore be more likely to frighten them. However due to the shots used the audience is put in to the view of the intruder and so complicates how the audience interpret the scene and because of this we feel sympathy for the woman in the bed as it is still not known what is going to happen. However the suspense is built up, and then released when we see the girl walking down the front steps of her town house. But this then confuses the audience again as they begin to think if anything else happened after the phone rang and makes them doubt who the intruder actually was.
  8. 8. Because of our attracted audience our thriller would obtain a viewer rating from the BBFC of a 15 and so we would have to take this in to consideration if we were to produce a full film we would have to stick to these briefs.
  9. 9. During making this opening sequence for our thriller we have put in to use the following software: Final Cut Express for editing the video once filmed.
  10. 10. Audacity 3.1 Beta for editing our soundtrack
  11. 11. Adobe Photoshop CS3 for creating props such as the credits on the phone and altering the Mise en scene photo’s
  12. 12. We also learnt how difficult it can be to work alongside other corporations for example having to gain permission to film the front of The Regent Hotel in Cambridge and work in conjunction with what suited them. Besides this issue we had to adapt to using the Mac’s and especially FCE and learning along the way that Mac’s and PC’s do not interact well. As well as this we also learnt the many important attributes that a thriller must contain and how important it is to plan how we were going to bring these in to UNWRITTEN.

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