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An analysis for the genre conventions of my film opening sequence

Hannah Cochrane

on 22 March 2013

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An analysis of the genre conventions of my opening film sequence PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER Themes PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER GENRE CONVENTIONS Technical Determining what is real and what is not. e.g. reality vs. illusion - characters try to determine what is real and what is not, within the narrative. Someone (hero) sees something happen and everything seems as though it has. Then the audience realises everything isn't all as it seems and it turns out the 'hero' has thought it all up - they are hallucinating and the whole episode was a figment of their imagination. It often turns out at the end of the film they are in a mental institution. A lot of narratives involve death in some way - whether a character has an obsession with death or death claims them. Narrative Characters Main protagonist trying to figure out who they are, what is real and what is not. Hallucinations Figments of the Imagination Counsellors Non diegetic sound - could be a voice inside someone's head Close up shots - expression, confusion Shot/reverse shot - split personality? A mixture of high key and low key lighting on characters connote more than one side to them - makes them three-dimensional. There is more to them than what first meets the eye. Hallucinations, a sense of all is not as it seems. Characters can be trying to figure out their identity and may be confused about who they are. Non diegetic create a sinister atmosphere Settings and iconography A lot of continuity editing and montage sequencing to help pass time and does not make the storyline unnecessarily longer. Editing creates tension and suspense - paced down editing - something is about to happen. Films and other media within the genre A Tale of Two Sisters Flightplan Death Note Usually face paced quick cuts Black and white - dark and sinister feel to the film Shadows and lighting are exaggerated by the use of black and white colours. Mirrors Stairs Shadows Confined spaces Bars on windows Street lamps Action sequences, cinematic landscapes, cityscapes or interior 'mindscapes'. The audience - films have lots of twists and turns and engages the audience and plays with their mind, constantly encouraging them to think. Flashbacks to help clarify and develop the story Antagonist who has some kind of connection with the main protagonist.
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