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Evaluation Question 1
Transcript of Evaluation Question 1
THRILLER / HORROR CONVENTIONS
Evaluation Question 1
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
Conventionally for horror we used a group of young protagonists who wander into a dangerous and seemingly deserted library. During the course of the film they will be picked off one by one, until only the final girl escapes.
In our thriller we used a conventional detective character who stumbles into a dangerous conspiracy. In this scene he unearths a vital clue which lead him closer to the truth and towards more danger.
A typical villain in a classic Film Noir thriller genre is the Femme Fatale, or deadly woman. She seduces the hero and manipulates him to do her bidding. We coded our Femme Fatale in conventional fur coat, elegant clothes and impeccable make up and she played the vulnerable victim in order to lull the hero into thinking he's in charge.
In horror films a conventional antagonist is the corrupted child / ghost. In our film we put her in a locked library and gave her old fashioned toys, which are part of her narrative and also are part of her supernatural powers. We dressed her in old fashioned clothes and gave her doll like rosy cheeks and a white face, which gave her a supernatural and creepy feel, this is used regularly in horror films.
An old, dusty and decrepit book, which unlocks long forgotten supernatural powers or events is iconic in horror films.
An iconic message from a supernatural presence impressing itself on the day to day activities in the real world is typical of supernatural horrors.
A mystery letter which becomes a clue is iconic in a thriller based on love, betrayal and revenge.
We were inspired by found footage horror movies such as the Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity. We overlayed our footage with a camcorder frame, battery level and frame counter. Combined with whip pans and shakey movement, this gave our film a sense of immediacy and intensity when the camera operator character panics. This is a conventional feature of found footage films.
In our film we wanted to reflect the disorientated and confused experience that our protagonist is going through. So we used canted angles and a shoulder mount to track his staggering walk down the corridor. We also colour corrected the image to look red and increased the contrast to give a low key shadowy & corrupted feel to the location.
Our action takes place in a forbidding, daunting and lonely castle, which our protagonist must enter in order to find a vital clue. This sort of location is typical of the thriller genre.
Our protagonist / victim is held in a cellar type dungeon. This is conventional of serial killer thrillers, such as Silence of the Lambs.
This meeting is a key narrative enigma in our film. Our character waits for the rendezvous in which she is due to collect a package of secret documents. However she is killed and her identity, the nature of the documents and her killer's identity are narrative enigmas that are revealed as the rest of the plot unfolds.
Our protagonist is trapped by the antagonist in our sequence. She is hiding and the enigma of whether she is killed or escapes is a cliffhanger which is only revealed in the next scene (a closed narrative device). The identity, motives and MO of the antagonist are the central narrative enigmas for the remainder of our film.
Themes of entrapment and escape as well as illegal imprisonment and justice prevailing, in the final escape of the protagonist, are conventional themes in thriller films, such as The Shawshank Redemption. This shot is a pastiche from the classic Film Noir Thriller 'The Third Man'
Our psychological thriller has themes of love turned to obsession, torment driven by an warped sense of justice and revenge. Here our antagonist (killer) is deep in his obsessive collection of his victim (loves) possessions. The face of her new boyfriend has been violently scribbled out, this foreshadows his fate and echoes the villains screwed up sense of injustice and intended revenge.
OUR THRILLER FILM...