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Colin Falconer - Evaluation

  1. 1. 13 Thriller evaluation. By Colin Falconer.
  2. 2. In what ways does you media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>Like most thrillers our thriller uses a series of cuts and close up to speed up the pace of the film and build suspense and tension so the audience are always guessing. Many thrillers we saw and evaluated used this technique effectively so we decided we would used something similar as this is a good way to build tension, suspense and mystery. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on our previous research these were what our audiences we looking for in a thriller. We did this by using a variety of editing techniques. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Another convention that we have used moves other thriller into a sub genre which would be a psychotic thriller as our killer has marked his victims all the same way. As you can see the killer takes a different approach to “ticking” off his victims by crossing out their eyes. We drew ideas from other thrillers like Se7en. Both of these create mystery as the audience will wonder why these people are like this. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How does your media product represent particular social groups? . <ul><li>Our media product represents particular social groups through the use of character personality dysfunctions. Our male is in his mid 20’s, and the social group that he represents is people with Obsessive compulsive disorder. This is why the killers victims have their eyes crossed out, he is repeating exactly the same process over and over again, that’s what makes our thriller have a sub genre. This makes representations that our killer has this disorder that we are afraid of people like him. </li></ul><ul><li>Our target audience is approximately people aged 16-25. We have chosen this because the protagonist/antagonist is the same age as the audience so they can relate to the killer if hey have experienced any problems like this. Also it can make things more spooky for the audience as the victims look like normal people just like the audience. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>As our films are low budget they would probably be distributed by a small media institution like art house productions. This is because our movies are low budget small and not as technical as other films that would be used by bigger more mass market media institutions. Like Paramount pictures. </li></ul><ul><li>It would probably be an internet only release as it is a low budget film. </li></ul><ul><li>It Does offer opportunities for sequels as 13 is a significant number, others can be significant dates or numbers like 14 and 15. It also offers opportunity’s for merchandising as it is a unusual type of film as it uses lots of point of view shots and close ups. </li></ul>As you can see this is a POV shot walking towards the killer. This make the audience feel as if they are there.
  6. 6. <ul><li>Media institutions would like this factor in our film. Although our thriller uses normal cloths that everyday people would wear, this is good as it makes the thriller seem normal and mysterious as the audience can relate to the film as they would also wear these types of clothing. Again the age of our victims would relate to certain people in the audience as the pictures on the wall are normal people in normal situations that many of the audience have been in. E.g. the victims are wearing normal everyday cloths, at a party or at home or even celebrating someone birthday or holiday. everyone in the audience has experienced this. </li></ul>This over the shoulder shot makes it seem as if you are looking over the killers shoulder as if you watching this happen.
  7. 7. Who would be the audience for you media product? <ul><li>Our target audience is male and female aged 16-25. The gender would appeal a bit more to females as there are more female victims than male and the opening scene is our killer stalking a female in the age range of 16-25. It also appeals to anyone who has experience someone who has stalked them or has a disorder like OCD which has affected them in some way. This can have more of an impact on the audience who are in this criteria. Other films like ours e.g. se7en as it uses a lot of close up and the pace of the film speeds up with the music. Although this is a hybrid thriller, “Cloverfield” uses POV shots for the whole film which appeals to the audience a lot as it makes it feel as if they are there . </li></ul>This close up on our female who is in the age range of 16-25 can disturb females like this as it could be them in this situation.
  8. 8. How did you attract/address your audience. <ul><li>We attracted our audience of 16-25 by using those age ranges in our media film so that they can relate to the film. We also used males and females to attract both, but in this particular opening scene females may be more addressed as there is a female being stalked. In our thriller towards the end when there is the TV shot this would appeal greatly to females who walk around car parks getting into there cars as our stalker has done. This would terrify everyone who does this regularly as they wont be able to see anyone who is hiding behind cars-especially females. (picture of tv) </li></ul><ul><li>As our killer is male and is stalking this women our use of POV shots makes the audience feel as if they are there. Which builds suspense, tension and mystery as they will not know what will happen next. The audience is in the position of the killer who is finding information on the girl he is following. With the POV shots they are witnessing the killer crossing out the pictures of people’s eyes and looking at the newspapers as the headlines show what he has done. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The impact this has on the audience it that it involves them more and makes it more personal to them as they are witnessing what is happening. This builds suspense as they are waiting to see what the killer is doing. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>The strengths of the camera was that it was very good at panning as the tri-pod enabled it to swing and it also enabled us to use lots of steady shots. Using the point of view shot was very useful as it effetely portrayed what we wanted to do. The zoom unfortunately went very slow and then sped up so we could not get a steady zoom. We have to use tracking more to get a more controlled zoom. We wanted to track our character on a dolly as they were running but unfortunately the ground was to rough and bumpy. So we decided to not use that scene and create a new scene that would accomplish the same goal. We had a few problems with our sound track as changing the different tones of it in the right places was very hard as we had to get the timing right. We decided to use garage band and audacity to change the notes of the soundtrack to make it high and more suspenseful at the beginning and faded it at the end of the film. The only challenges we had was to slow the song down to match the slower bits of the credits. After filming it took a little while to get use to Final cut express as it was very complicated. After I had mastered it I found I could use a variety of effects to enhance my thriller. One of these effects was overlaying one clip on top of another. This was good as it allowed the audience to see what the antagonist was doing. We used slow motion to add to the suspense of the thriller so that it was in time with the music to create mystery. Another thing I used was the type writing effect on the credits which was very useful and changing the back round and font. Final cut express was very dynamic and allowed me transfer our film on disk or USB and to change the quality. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>To research our thriller we watched a variety of thrillers to see what they used to build tension, suspense and mystery. Were saw Se7en which used lots of close ups and used the speed of the cuts and music to increase the speed of the film and build suspense and tension. We watch “Usual suspect” which used a slow zoom to build suspense and we watch “Silence of the lambs” to explore what representations we could use and who we could target in our audience. When we created our story board I knew how to lay out our set in order to use the shots we wanted. </li></ul><ul><li>I used of over the shoulder shot has improved and so has our panning shots as we used them a lot through the planning process so we could get them just right. I feel a lot more confidant with the equipment and the computer software now as I was finding out new things when creating my thriller. </li></ul><ul><li>I feel the my thriller was very successful as we accomplished our opening scene of the thriller like we were asked and our timing was good as well. We followed our story board and worked out new shots as I was doing practical work. These I used effectively in our thriller and together with Final cut express put our shots in order and made them fit. I used a variety of shots to show what I had learnt from thriller films and used editing, mise en scene, lighting and camerawork from information I gathered from my research to create the final piece. I fulfilled the task effectively. </li></ul>

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