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Mirror Image Evaluation

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Gemma Hallisey

on 19 April 2010

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Mirror Image Evaluation Plot Our film is a psychological thriller called Mirror Image. It is about a female stalker who is traumatised over the death of her daughter and is in psychological termoil. She cannot cope with the grief and deals with it in a seriously unstable way by seeking a replacement daughter. She stalks a 14 year old girl called Izzy Johnson because she is the 'mirror image' of her late daughter and happens to be the same age as her. The opening scene is shot in the park where Izzy and her friend Amber are hanging out on the swings. They are completely unaware they are being watched the whole time. The stalker is standing by the gate looking into the park. Amber then gets a phone call from her boyfriend and goes off to meet him leving Izzy on her own in the park and feeling fed up. A key point in the film is when Amber exits out of the gate and actually walks past the stalker. Once Izzy is on her own the stalker takes this opportunity to start filming Izzy on a camera. Izzy then leaves and the film cuts to the stalkers house where the footage of Izzy is on the being viewed on the television. Key Props In our films we had a few
props which we included to
make the film better. We had the music box
to give the film a sinister yet childish feel. The feedback given about this prop we used was that the music it played was creepy. The music box is therefore a useful prop to have in our film as it helps us achieve the correct mood we want and it was also used to end our film. As the music box snaps shut, the film fades to black which makes it dramatic. It was successful because the feedback we got back was that people liked the ending. Another important prop we used was the order of service card for the stalkers late daughter. this is vital in our film as it helps the audience to piece together the plot.
Titles Our titles for our film were created in Live Type.
For the Title of our film we had 6 titles and in order to decide which one should be used we carried out like a questionnaire. We went around asking people who were our target audience (15+) which title they thought would suit the film best after outlining the plot to them. Out of all 6 titles we counted the tallys and found that the most popular was 'Mirror Image', we were happy with this and so that is how our film got its name.
We wanted to make our titles simple yet professional and we didn't want to make the transitions too fast or quirky because it wouldnt reflect the film genre. So we decided on the black background with white writing to make it stand out. The R's in the title are symetrical because of the word mirror. The transition of the title is that it just flashes across the screen to the right. Research We watched various thriller films and decided that the one which was most appealing on the market for our target audience was a psychological thriller. We did further research into the psychological thriller genre. We knew that in order to grab the audience’s attention and to keep them interested throughout our production that we would need to apply Roland Barthes’ theory on action and enigma codes. He believed that to create suspense in narrative, there must be unanswered questions which will oblige the viewer to expect action with a consequence. For our thriller opening we wanted to create enigma codes to entice the audience and encourage them to want to continue to watch the rest of the film. Before we began to discuss our ideas for the film we first needed to decide on a target audience. We chose male and female age 15+ and the reason for this choice is because we found that this age range is more likely to go to the cinema to watch this type of thriller genre. We also needed to look at the openings of other thrillers to provide us with the sort of ideas we needed to apply to our film in order to make it authentic and give it a thriller feel. One film which we watched was an Alfred Hitchcock classic called ‘North by Northwest’. This film gave us a clear insight into examples of narrative theories. We also watched two other Alfred Hitchcock films, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Birds’. We noticed that the films we watched had Todorov’s theory of equilibrium applied to them. The theory is simply that the fictional environment begins with a state of equilibrium where everything is as it should be in a state of equal balance. It then suffers some disruption (disequilibrium) and then new equilibrium is produced at the end of the narrative. Another film we watched was ‘Seven’ which I thought was very effective as it set the sinister, creepy atmosphere instantly and the viewers straight away knew that they were watching a thriller.
Characters We decided on having three characters. One of our main characters, the first being fourteen-year-old Isabel Johnson who was killed in a tragic accident and is only seen in a photograph on an order of service card. We then have a character called Izzy who is the protagonist and is unfortunate enough to be the victim of a stalker. The antagonist is the stalker, who is a hooded figure whose identity is concealed. Finally our other character is Amber, Izzy’s best friend. The name of our protagonist character was made on the idea that we wanted quite a childish, innocent and naive name.
Mise-en-scene Mise-en-scene was very important in order to make our thriller production effective. The mise-en-scene includes settings, props, costume, hair and make up, facial expression and body language, lighting and colour, positioning of objects and characters within the frame. We filmed at the children’s playground at 4pm and it was a cold and dismal day which helped set the scene and made the atmosphere more appropriate for a thriller film. The props we used were vital as they played a significant part in the production. Our props included the rubbish like coke cans, take away boxes and newspapers which we collected to set the scene for the Stalker’s living room. We also used a music box, by using a music box we had the idea of taking something quite childish and using it to make the atmosphere creepy. Another prop we used was one group member created an order of service card which was propped up against a vase on a cabinet next to the music box. The costumes which were used were our own casual clothes as three out of the four of us were acting in the film. The two people playing Amber and Izzy wore jeans and a hoody as this is typical teenage clothing. No make up was used as we we’re playing 14 year olds and make up would have made us look to old. The person playing the Stalker wore a hoody and wore it with the hood up to conceal their identity and baggy tracksuit bottoms. The stalkers clothes needs to reflect the characters emotions so by wearing dark colours it highlights misery. No make up was worn and their hair wasn’t showing because we want the audience to think that the stalker is male. When we were filming we needed to focus on the Stalker’s body language as they need to look shifty and mysterious in order for the film to be realistic. This was done well as the actress always kept her head bent low so that we couldn’t see her face and behaved in an odd way. Izzy’s body language and facial expression also needed to be focussed to make her seem vulnerable. When Amber ditches her Izzy feels dejected and we want the audience to feel sorry for Izzy so in order to get these feelings across we needed to make the facial expressions and acting as realistic as possible.
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