Film of choice and reasoningWe chose ‘Paranormal Activity’ because: Good example of thriller We’ve watched it before It has supernatural horror.
Genre Thriller: tension specific parts of the film creates climax makes the audience scared will want to know what will happen. Thriller: anticipates what will happen to the couple keeps us on the edge of our seat.
Sub-genre Thriller: when the demon hunts the girl when she is vulnerable. Romance: when the couple would sleep together and cuddle each other while sleeping sign of protection. Horror: supernatural occurance.
Hybrid It would be a: Thriller – a lot of tension (subgenre) Romance – shows the relationship between Katie and Micah (sub-genre) Drama – a lot of over exaggeration when the demand does something (genre) Paranormal activity is a hybrid because it is also based on a true story (documentary).
Stam theory Stam says that the genre is not so easily defined under the ‘main genres’ but can be classified in other ways such as budget, ethnicity focus or performer based. However paranormal activity is not only thriller, because you cannot make an audience scared if there isn’t any drama to make it even more scarier than it is. This leads to having a drama genre and a thriller subgenre.
Mittel theory Mittel theory is that genre is used to sell products. This theory would relate to the film paranormal activity as there would be similar codes and convention that often make reference to their audiences knowledge, which is a thriller movie as it normally based on suspense and tension. The audience would know it’s a thriller as its trying to scare the audience by creating tension or even base it on a true story and something bad happens, it would be even more scarier as it’s a true story.
SemanticsSemantics How these are evident in your film (in relation to its genre/sub- genre/ hybrid.Characters In thriller movies, the innocent victim is always a young female victim. The villain which is the demon comes at night. In every thriller/horror theres always a hero. In this case it Katie’s boyfriend Micah. (romance). Micah would be the hero as trying to protect Katie as she becomes possessed every night.
SemanticsSemantics How these are evident in your film (in relation to its genre/sub- genre/ hybrid.Location It takes place in the main characters house but most of the action happens in their bedroom.
SemanticsSemantics How these are evident in your film (in relation to its genre/sub- genre/ hybrid.Story traits The male main character (Micah) experiments with his camera, supernatural occurrences takes place at night which is captured in the film, the supernatural force is attached to the female lead (Katie), the haunting start getting stronger and stronger as the night pass by, Katie wants to seek help and put an end to the haunting but Micah ignores her pleas and continue to do so and in the end they both suffer which Katie is possessed by the demon, kills Micah and disappears without a trace.
SemanticsSemantics How these are evident in your film (in relation to its genre/sub- genre/ hybrid.Costumes Katie’s and Micah’s costume is very casual as the story is all based at there house. However their costume in night wear as its mainly filmed at night because that’s where the suspense and the tension happens as the demon would come during the night time. In this case for Katie its mainly shorts and a long baggy top.
SemanticsSemantics How these are evident in your film (in relation to its genre/sub- genre/ hybrid.Props there props have been used throughout this movie. For example the camera stand, where Micah would stable the camera on the stand especially at night where is needs to be steady so the whole night would be recorded and see any suspicions about the demon. However this prop would be important as it needs to film the most important parts of the film (when its night) so the camera stand would be useful a lot.
Syntax The moral message of paranormal is that its based on a true story, and how people would get affected by being possessed and what would end up happening to them. However it also shows how close ones would also get affected and feel, during, and after the bad situation of Katie being possessed. The moral message of the film is that curiosity killed a cat or most likely demon possessed girlfriend kills curious idiotic hard headed boyfriend
Tone This was taking place at the beginning of the film and they didnt use any artificial lighting it was all natural lighting, which is from the sun. However there wasnt that much sunlight it was almost cloudy which then sets a mood of boredom, and almost sets a scene of being tired.
Convention list of that genre/subgenre/hybrid Conventions of genre/sub- Examples from range of real film genre/hybrid tension Final destination Innocent young female adults clinic being the victim hero Insidious survival The resident demon Drag me to hell mystery The wicker man
Convention analysisConventions of Examples from the film Comparison to other filmsgenre/subgenre/hybrid in the same genre/subgenre/hybridtension tension happens at night final destination, similar by when the clock speeds up waiting who would die next and stops to normal time unexpectedly, and different which means the audience because final destination is expecting something people would die unexpectedly whereas we know whats going to happen as the demon would always attack at night time.
Convention analysisConventions of Examples from the film Comparison to other filmsgenre/subgenre/hybrid in the same genre/subgenre/hybridInnocent young female when Katie is being this is similar to clinicadults being the victim attacked from the villain because the pregnant and being possessed for woman was attacked by example: taking her baby away and -when she kills herself at fighting the villain to get the end her baby back, whereas in -when being dragged from clinic the villain is seen and the stairs. is not a man, its a woman who sells their baby to other parents who would like babys
Convention analysisConventions of Examples from the film Comparison to other filmsgenre/subgenre/hybrid in the same genre/subgenre/hybridhero when Micah (Katies in insidious the hero would boyfriend) is helping her be the dad helping his son from suffering and being from being dragged out of possessed by the demon, he real life and living his does this by: nightmare where he can -researching the symptoms see the demon, whereas in -filming and looking at the paranormal the victim and video tapes to over come the hero dies at the end, this. whereas in insidious the victim lives but the hero dies from saving his son
Convention analysisConventions of Examples from the film Comparison to other filmsgenre/subgenre/hybrid in the same genre/subgenre/hybridsurvival Katie and Micah being The resident, is about a tormented every night by young doctor who bought a the demon and they to loft in Brooklyn, she feels survived till the very end of that she is being watched the movie yet she shrugs off the feeling until things get a bit overwhelming as the feeling of someone lurking in the shadows watching her every move .
Convention analysisConventions of Examples from the film Comparison to other filmsgenre/subgenre/hybrid in the same genre/subgenre/hybridDemon Katie being dragged of the The female lead falling in bed by the demon to the train tracks, the man tries to save her before the train hits but hands appear from the ground and pulls her into the flames
Convention analysisConventions of Examples from the film Comparison to other filmsgenre/subgenre/hybrid in the same genre/subgenre/hybridmystery Demon attached to katie In the wicker man, a sheriff since she was of a young went to investigate a age missing girl from a small island where darker secrets dwell.
Dominant ideologyDominant ideology Example/evidence from filmTrying to survive Katie and Micah carrying on their lives although they are being haunted by the demonNot being possessed Katie trying to protect herself and not fall into the demons hands.demon wont be involved in her life This shows as the demon has known heranymore every since she was little and has been following her from house to hour and during her childhood and teenaged life. Katie and Micah has been doing anything so the demon would leave them alone and the demon would get out if their life.
Audience Paranormal is for a mass audience as different aged groups can watch it and still be entertaining for them. the target audience would be teenaged groups and young adults, a the characters are young adults and people who are watching them would want them to feel the same way as the characters s t can be even more scarier. The secondary audience would be children that would be with an adult to watch it.
AudienceDetails of audience Target audience Secondary Explain why they would research be attracted (watch) the filmAge 15 to 25 30 and 40 they would be attracted to watch the film because the actors are young just like the audience would be and would see how they would react in scary situations.Gender Male and female Male and they would watch this because female its about a couple going through a bad situation and wanting to know how they would overcome this situation (because they have the same gender)
AudienceDetails of audience Target audience Secondary Explain why they would be audience attracted (watch) the filmethnicity People who People from They would watch the film understand the other because it is shown across the English language countries who globe. might have the movie in subtitles of their languageSocial class Middle to working Upper and they work to earn money and class lower class would want to watch something to also be entertained.Social group People who are into Other social they would watch this because watching thriller groups who they might want to meet new watches just people that would be for interested in this film as well as entertainment they would.
AudienceDetails of audience Target audience Secondary Explain why they would audience be attracted (watch) the filmSexual orientation Lesbian, BI, Gay same because its for everyone and straight not only for straight people.Profession/role Working class students they would be attracted as (teacher) to watching the film because it might be they are taking their time off to relax
Audience theory McQuail People would watch this movie or even buy it for many reasons for example:Reasons why people watch the film explanationentertainment People would go there for fun and to enjoy themselves, they work and with the money earned they would go and spend the money to enjoy themselves.information People will watch this for information because the movie is a low budget film that made millions of money after is was shown.Personal identity People who have interest or love watching supernatural movies.