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Horror Film, Initial Ideas

Initial Ideas
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Jonathan Evans

on 17 February 2011

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Transcript of Horror Film, Initial Ideas

Initial Ideas Costume And Make-up Costume and Make-up is an important feature within horror films. They add authenticity to the Film and can instigate fear within viewers. The costume of an infamous horror villian is an important part of his/her persona and can become instantly recognisable with viewers. For example, Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series of Horror films, is instantly recognisable from the costume that he wears. Freddy Krueger Latex Mask Freddy Krueger Costume; featuring a Fedora hat, Red and Green Striped Sweater,Black Pants and Lace up Boots An example of how special effects make up can add authenticity to horror films. This video shows how Freddy's iconic burnt flesh can be recreated Props Props are also an important feature of horror films. Much
like costume and make-up they can instill fear into an audience
and can sometimes become as iconic as a horror character. Props can include anything from clothes and decorations, to severed limbs, decapitated heads and iconic weapons used by the antagonists.
Examples include:

Razor-Glove (A Nightmare on Elm Street,Freddy Krueger)
Slasher Knife (Holloween,Micheal Myers)
Hockey Mask (Friday 13th,Jason Vorhees)
Katana (Kill Bill,The Bride)
Chainsaw (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,Leatherface)
Crucifix (The Exorcist, Priest & Regan) Jonathan Evans Micheal Myers with Slasher Knife Sound Sound is a massively important feature of horror films and films in general. Sound is comprised of three different essential ingredients, they are:
Dialogue
Sound Effects (Synchronous & Asynchronous)
Music
It is vitally important that these effects are mixed and balanced so as to produce the necessary emphases which in turn create desired effects. Sound is so important because it adds emotion and rhythm Murder scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic film 'Psycho'
This scene demonstrates how sound can be used to effectively within film. Themes & Genre There are many different themes and sub-genres within horror films. Themes can be described as the subject matter of movies, several examples include; phobias and fears, possession, supernatural occurances etc.
There are also many different sub-genres of horror films. Sub-genres include; Psychological horror, survival horror, slasher films, thriller, undead etc. Characters Narrative Location Title Sequence Title sequences are important to horror films because they introduce some of the important details of the film such as time or date, setting main characters and can also give details such as who is starring in the film, who the director is, who edited the film etc. The narrative is always a vital ingredient to any film, especially horror. The narrative includes the backstory of important characters, sequences of events and anything else within the world of the film. The narrative is essential because it allows the viewer to understand what is happening in a film. Title sequence of Se7en Characters are crucial to the storyline of a film. Throughout a film a character can go through a number of different changes, these can be both mental or physical changes and are sometimes essential to the progression of the narrative. Characters can become iconic to viewers who are fascinated by characters that they see on film that they may never get the chance to, or want to, meet within their every day lives. The characters portrayed on screen can invoke a great amount of different emotions such as anger, fear, disgust, contempt, tranquillity, jealousy or happiness. Rememberable Movie Characters Dracula Chucky Scream In horror Films the protagonist is always overshadowed by the antagonist! The location of horror films is usually adapted to fit in with the narrative and atmosphere of the movie.Locations used are often out of the way or have a spooky element to them such as a cemetary or a motel in the middle of nowhere. 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville.
The Film 'The Amityville Horror' was shot in the actual house where Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family at the house. It is said to be one of the most haunted places in America. All Saints Church, Fulham, London.
The Omen was shot at this location in London. There are many things to consider when constructing the title sequence of a movie. The title sequence is fundamental to a film for a number of reasons. Not just solely for trailers and marketing elements, they are important because they are the first images a viewer will see of the film, they outline the filmakers intentions and set up the expectations of those watching, they can also intoduce a backstory or character. Things to consider when making a title sequence:
Sound
Editing techniques
Camera shots
Lighting
Font There are several locations that our group has considered for filming our title sequence, they are;
Jesmond Road Cemetary
Tunstall Court
Abandoned Pub 'The Seagull'
Steetley site The plotline for our Film Production revolves around a mentally unstable girl who is having flashbacks of her life as she contemplates committing suicide. Possible characters:
Mentally Unstable Female Teenager
Abusive friends
Poltergeist Our group costume and make-up includes bloodied and Dirty clothing, with bruises and cuts from make-up
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