• For the very start of my production I decided to follow a convention of some horror films where it jumps right into the action, usually set in a scary location. So I chose to film in the very early morning to achieve low-key lighting and film going down the alleyway mysteriously and spookily (hopefully). This also makes the film feel more real and takes the audience into it as I find titles break the fourth wall somewhat.
• I chose to do the titles like this because I am awful at making titles.
• The main character is introduced in the midst of a mare. This adds to the psychological thriller/ horror element of the film as it shows he is clearly mentally deranged, as anyone suffering even one nightmare should be locked up and the key be thrown away. Showing that he is vulnerable and a nutter helps the audience to instantly identify with the character and sympathise with his plight.• The high angle also shows how vulnerable he is.• Furthermore, in this scene jump cuts are used as our character thrashes in the throes of a thoroughly frightful night terror. This indicates his disturbed state even more.
• Our character is shown trying to live a normal life but by this point the audience should be wondering why he is completely alone? where is the rest of the world?• Doing ‘normal’ activities again means the audience can understand and identify with the character.
• Setting off into the big, wide world, my character sets a striking figure, alone but brave, fighting for the cause. However he does all this dressed like a mere peon, meaning that despite his plight and his will to fight, and the numerous frights he has endured he is just like you or I and as such is a top bloke who the audience will love.
• The body language of the character and positioning, slightly behind the door almost as though he is hiding from what might be in the house. And the body language with closed body, hunched up, and head peering round. Show how tentatively my character is venturing into the house and the fear and constant pressure and suspense he is under.• The medium shot is best for depicting this body language and keeping it detailed as from a LS for instance you wouldn’t be able to see facial expression and the sheer horror that the character is experiencing.
• As the character explores the derelict building, a high- angle long shot is used as he goes up the stairs to show his isolation. However as he traverses the steep, slippy, stairs, he comes closer into shot, connoting that possibly the secret to his isolation lies in this house and he’s coming ever closer to solving it and being not the last man standing.• The location, with mildewed walls, rusty metal staircase, boarded windows and peeling paint. Not to mention the heaps of rubbish at the foot of the stairs all contribute to setting the scene as a horror film as the setting is very destitute and, as anyone knows, death springs from dirt.
• Once inside the abandoned building our character appears terrified and the audience expects for a big jump moment to come. His features are shrouded in darkness showing how he is in the depths of one of his worst psychotic episodes and his twitchy, jerky movements make this clear as crystal to the audience. The blurred torch head as he whirls to find the foe he believes to be beside his body, shows realistically and in a more physical manner his fear and how on edge he is because this is a scary scary scary scary scary film.
• The final shot in my production I was instructed to use by my teacher however we were then marked down (by the same teacher) for using the shot, but that’s how the cookie crumbles I guess. It as a reverse zoom of an extreme long shot showing the opposite of the stair scene how the situation has just worsened considerably for the character and how he is as isolated now as he ever has been. The fade to black adds some finality to the sequence and just closes off the opening sequnce nicely.