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Codes and Conventions of Cinematography in Thriller

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Harry Jones

on 28 November 2014

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Transcript of Codes and Conventions of Cinematography in Thriller

Cinematography is the art of motion picture photography, with regards to the camera shots, angles and movements used within a film. The use of cinematography in film is vital in conveying the genre and mood of the piece to the audience, as well as conveying hidden messages and creating tension and enigma that keeps the attention of the audience.
Thriller films make frequent use of close up and extreme close up shots, which help to convey the emotions of the characters in times of drama and suspense e.g. Seven
Deep focus is also used, where the image in the foreground focused on top of the blurred background. This helps to draw the audiences attention to particular aspects that are important in the film's narrative e.g. Avatar
Medium shots and long shots are also used, when establishing scenes to the audience or to show a whole representation of an event, such as a conversation. However, these are not used in times of tension e.g The Hunger Games
Low Angles: Low angles are used in thriller films to show superiority and the higher status of certain characters, which help the audience identify character function within the narrative.
High Angles: High angles are used to show when characters are vulnerable/inferior or of a lower status than others. In the case of the film Seven, this is used to illustrate how the characters are struggling to cope with the situation and their lack of knowledge about the case
Eye Level: Eye level shots illustrate characters that are equal to one another, to indicate friendship and mutual understanding. e.g Somerset and Mills in Seven
In thriller films, the use of trucking is implemented during scenes of tension and suspense, as this reveals the same amount of information to the audience as what the characters have, helping to interpolate them into the scene.
Panning is also used in the same way, as well as being used in establishing scenes, to slowly reveal the whole picture to the audience.
Zoom is also used, as this helps to build tension by zooming in on a particular character or object, or by zooming out to slowly reveal a scene of horror.
Codes and Conventions of Cinematography in Thriller
Deep Focus
Close Up
Medium Shot
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