Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Evaluation-most common positives and negatives

  • Good use of credits
  • Use of soundtrack fitted in well 
  • Lighting causes ominous atmosphere
  • Running scene was too long, repetitive
  • Music could have faded in
  • More shot types could have been used

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

music for the forgotten

This is part of the second half of our music for our thriller opening. the first part of our music is a beat we found on youtube and then we cut it down to fit in well with our film. The second half of our music is a bit more creepy because of the fact the scenes on our film are a bit dark and gloomy. We also found the clip of music on youtube and then cut it down to again fit in well with our clips. We chose our music carefully so that it would all fit in with the scenes we had filmed.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Feedback from our class

Group 64
  • Good use and range of camera shots and angles
  • Music was really good and fit in with what was on screen - until it stopped
  • Titles were well placed and looked good.
  • Narrative was good.
Group 66
  • Good use of camera work and editing
  • Soundtrack was well suited for the genre
  • Shot were well framed
  • Opening credits were well positioned in the frames of the shots
  • Very good shots of the book pages etc
  • Soundtrack just needs finishing
  • Storyline wasn't yet clear
Group 61

Clear understanding of the protagonist, as it is easy to spot she or potentially somebody like her will be victimised at some point throughout the film
good use of music at the beinning, ut should fade out instead of suddenly stopping.
Plot a bit unclear but camera shots make it eerie like a thriller.
Good flickering effect when the shot is of the man in the window.
Effective use of lighting and camera angle when showing the man peering through the window. Use of shot makes him look powerful, whilst the dark lighting gives a vague look leaving his identity a mystery.

Group 62

There is lots of good shot types, the music really creates atmosphere and suspense, and good use of thunder claps throughout to back up production name. Mise-en-scene was thought about well, good location, and costume. Good use of transitions, allowed the sequence to flow. Created innocence for protagonist character and leaves the viewer with questions of who is the figure in the window. Good use of credits, made it look proffessional, could of had more detail- produced by, directed by ETC. Good use of natural lighting whilst outside- rainy day so fitted the genre. inside where the antagonist was standing, the lighting was limited- one candle- this created a contrast between the two characters.
keep up good music standard.
Beth and Lauren

    Friday, 11 March 2011

    Rough cut of our Thriller

    The second half of our music will be put on next week before the final deadline!

    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Day One : Filming

    Today we arrived at our filming location at 4.00pm and it appeared that the caravan which we planned to film in had been removed from the location. We were then very worried about where we would next film, however in the same field there were some abandoned stables, which had windows and doors and therefore appeared suitable for our criteria. Here is a picture of the stables:
    Firstly we filmed our actress (Emily Coppen) jogging along a creepy lane, using mid-shots from front and behind, we found it fairly difficult to make sure that each shot flowed onto the next smoothly because she was moving. Overall we feel this part of filming went very well but we have not yet looked at the footage. We filmed each shot at least three times to ensure that we could get a perfect shot.
    We then moved on to filming the stable and having Emily run past the stables, looking scared. We feel that this was the hardest part of filming because it was difficult to make her look scared but not have too much of a close up on her face. It was also difficult to create continuity here as she had to stumble a little and then keep running.
    Next we had to film our actor (Nick Griggs) standing in the window, looking scary and mysterious. We did this using a zoom to close up shot, because it made the viewer feel uncomfortable of how close the camera got to the man in the window. We found this quite easy as our location was quite scary anyway and the shot worked well with the atmosphere.
    Overall, we feel that the filming of day one went well, however we have not yet seen the footage! Also the weather was extremely cold, so we should plan to be more prepared for the cold on filming day 2.

    Call sheet

    Picture 1

    This is our call sheet for the filming of our thriller film. The call sheet basically shows the different tasks needed to be completed and the times and dates of each task. It also shows the people involved with filming, e.g directors, actors etc. The call sheet should be followed closely to allow enough time for each task to be completed properly.

    Friday, 18 February 2011

    Sonic mood board

    We chose the first shot of a girl running because the first shot in our real film is of a girl jogging down the road. The picture we chose is similar to what ours will be like in our film as the girl in this picture is running down a country road. Our next shot is of an old caravan as this is also another place that our film will be set. After that shot, we have a shot of a man with his hood up because one of our shots is of Nick standing at window with his hood up looking very intimidating and scary. after that, the next two shots is of a box of needles and also hooks because during our two minute clip, we have paper being scratched and hooks and needles lying about. We got that idea from the film Seven after we saw it during the opening clip right at the start.

    Our new Location

    Our backup plan for the abandoned house, was to film in another abandoned house, however this has now been bought by people. therefore we have decided that an abandonded house may not be possible to film in. Even though this means that we will have to slightly change our plot, we have decided to film in an abandonded caravan in the village where Daisy lives, we are quite sure that the caravan will not be moved or become lived in because it is very run down and has been for years.
    Also, on the way to the caravan, you have to go along a lane which has trees over head and is quite creepy, we are going to now film the girl running along this lane instead of the road. She will then trip over something when the caravan is in site and then she will look at the caravan and then run away.
    We have decided that an abandoned caravan in a rural area, is much more unlikely to have a person in it, making it a lot more creepy that there is someone in there.
    Here is an image from google maps of the location where we will film, the red arrow shows the lane which the girl will run down and the yellow circle shows the caravan we will film in.

    Picture 2

    Tuesday, 15 February 2011

    Target audience for our film

    The target audience for our film will most likely be people over the age of 15 which is obvious because because of our classification which is a 15. The film can be watched by both genders as there is no sexism or does not aim at one thing a boy or a girl can firmly relate to. Also it will suit and attract people that like to be on the edge of their seat and also people who like to think about what could be the outcome at the end of the film. Because our film also is a bit gory and a bit scary, people watching it should hopefully be able to watch through with out screaming or feeling scared and worried after watching the opening sequence. If people watch it and cant take the scary and worrying bits, it may ruin it for the other viewers who like watching those type of films.

    Gothika poster shows us that the woman has sort of lost her mind because in the photo on the poster, she looks very confused and sort of shocked. She also looks trapped inside somewhere with no way out which could make her feel  lonely. We can also see a massive scar on her arm which says NOT ALONE which is a bit ironic because when people go  mad, they tend to never have any friends or talk to anyone. She also becomes more paranoid because of the fact that nobody believes that the girl she is seeing is still alive. The poster shows that she might be outside and is trying to get in but nobody is there to help her or keep her safe from the paranoia.

    Our top ten filming tips

    1. Always make sure that the tripod is out of the shot.
    2. Always think about your lighting.
    3. If you are using a dolly, always find out what the surface is like that you will be filming on as it may be a bumpy surface.
    4. Make sure that you have planned out your film to the best of your ability, e.g do test shots, a 10-second breakdown,
    5. Always make sure you know where the nearest power source is, to prevent the camera from running out of battery.
    6. Add in extra filming at the  beginning and end of each clip so that you can ensure you haven't missed anything.
    7. Make sure the film has good continuity e.g. same costumes.
    8. Check the weather report so you know if camera will get wet and what preparations need to be made.
    9. Repeat shots to make sure you get the correct shot with no mistakes.
    10. Make sure you know what is going on in the background of the shot so that there isn't a person in the background making a funny face.

    Crime thriller analysis (Hitman)


    Hitman is your typical crime thriller because it is about one guy, who is a trained assassin, who is given jobs to do all around the world and gets paid to kill people who are a threat to the business he works for.  The story is about a job he is given which is to kill the president of Russia and runs into some trouble on the way. Hitman in this film is the protagonist fighting against the antagonist who would be the police and also the people who are trying to assassinate him. At time Hitman has to be ruthless by killing other people. These people include people such as his fellow agents and trained assassins who he was brought up and trained with when he was a child. During the film, we found out that he was never given a name by the people and business that raised him but instead was given a number which was 47. This is an indicator that he was brought up to do one thing and that was kill people.

    Monday, 14 February 2011

    Problems which have arised

    We have encountered a problem, when Nick was driving past our location recently yesterday, it appeared that our location has now got a steel fence around it, meaning that it is now unaccessable.
    We now need to find a new location as soon as possible, and make sure that it will be suitable for the plot of our thriller film. However if the house does not suit our plot then we may need to adapt the plot. For example, at the beginning of our thriller the girl will be running past the house and she will trip, then she will look at the house and she will need to be able to see the house when she looks down the drive. Also the drive would need to be reasonably long because one of our shots is a pan down the driveway. We have been looking for houses on google earth and there is a house in the village Daisy lives in which we are going to investigate tonight to see if this could be a possible filming location.

    Friday, 11 February 2011

    Crime thriller conventions

    • Crime thrillers are developed around gangsters and criminals
    • Detectives trying to catch the criminals in action or after
    • They are usually set in large crowded cities
    • Cities show the dark side of the city such as the back streets or the night clubs
    • Gangsters show no morals to anyone, and are very street smart and destructive at what they do
    • Often criminals have arguments with other rival criminals in the city
    • People question how the detectives will catch them
    • Criminals tend to want to be rich and famous and have alot of power with in their city

    Test footage shots for our Thriller

    The first shot which we will be using in our Thriller film is a tracking shot pf the young girl on a jog. we tried out a tracking shot but with the actor walking, the shot did not look very effective but we feel that this is because the floor was very bumpy, where we will be filming the road should be flat and if it isn't we can find a bit of road which is flat.
    For the next shot of our thriller we will be using a Mid to Long shot when the girl stumbles as she runs past the house and then continues to run away. We thought that this shot worked well in our practice however we need to decide on how to end the shot as we cannot just wait until she disappears because it will be boring. 
    The next shot which we practised was a Zoom to close up which will be of the man standing at the window. We thought this shot worked really well and we will definitely be using this, however halfway through the zoom there will be a scratched out screen.
    We also practised another zoom to close up but of nick who will be standing in the doorway of the scary house. We really liked this shot again because it worked well, slowly zooming and then when he lifts up his head, it sort of makes you jump.
    we also filmed a few more shots including Track and zoom shot, Over the shoulder shot, 360 Degree shot, zoom and 180 degree shot,  but we don't feel we need these shots in our thriller. We do think that these shot worked very well especially the 180 degree shot of a conversation.

    Monday, 7 February 2011

    Conventions of a Psychological thriller

    • Often include investigations, e.g a murder where the protagonist is the detective trying to find the murderer.
    • They often lead the viewer off in the wrong direction, or make it really difficult for the viewer to guess who the murderer is and then the plot will end with a twist.
    • The antagonist in a psychological thriller often has some sort of mental illness, e.g schizophrenia.
    • The protagonist quite often has personal problems, e.g a death to someone close to them, making them quite odd themselves.
    • characters mentality questioned 
    • Plot may be confusing for the audience
    • Theme based on memories or dreams.
    • Danger on mental level
    • Sense of mystery in films.

    Friday, 4 February 2011


    The Forgotten

    Girl Jogging: Running along the pavement, listening to her music, unaware of outside world on a normal weekday afternoon. (Tracking shot of girl)

    Girl Jogging - As the girl is jogging she stumbles on a rock and looks up at this abandoned, dark, gloomy house. Then she runs off and the camera follows her as she disappears. (Mid shot when she stops to look and then Long shot as she runs of into the distance.)

    Camera then pans down the driveway and stops in front of the house. then looks up at her window. (Panning shot as it goes up driveway)

    Camera then zooms into the window where the man is standing,the screen then scratches out and goes back to the zoom shot of the window but the figure is no longer there.  ( Zoom to Close up shot of the figure at the window) 

    Montage of photos, letters, needles etc linking to the house. Meanwhile credits are on the screen. (Montage editing of close ups)

    Camera goes back to shot of house with a man standing in the front door. Camera slowly zooms into the man, then the screen scratches and the title of the film appears. Then back to shot of the man in the entrance and he lifts his head up with a scary face.  (Zoom to close up)

    Health and Safety

    • In the abandoned house, one thing we will need to be careful with would be the house not falling down on us or loose bits of wood falling from the building. To counteract this we will be looking at the location before to see if it is safe.
    • Also the house is near a main road, so we will need to be careful of the traffic when crossing the road.
    • We will make sure that we can see everything around us when filming so we do not step on anything sharp or trip on any objects laying around.
    • We will only do things that will mean we are safe, we will not put ourselves or each other at any risk by filming things that could affect us.
    • We will check for any potential risks before filming so it does not affect us whilst filming.

    Tuesday, 1 February 2011

    Why ''Thrillers'' Thrive Article

    In this article, the writer is explaining why thrillers have more viewers than horrors, and why people like to watch horrors. The article says "In order to appreciate what the characters on the stage are going through, we have to project ourselves into their consciousness; we have to receive our thrills vicariously, which is not the most effective method" This shows that the audience has to want to watch the film so we have to make our thriller exciting.

    "the cinema can leave the spectator with a subconscious assurances of absolute safety, and yet 
    surprise, his imagination into playing tricks on him. Secondary to the type of thrill in which the audience seems to participate is the type of thrill in which the audience seems to participate is the type in some character who has won the audiences sympathy is involved in danger; and here again the screen can be far more effective than the stage, because the screen can produce an impression of great danger where no danger is." This is telling us that the cinema is far more effective in getting the audiences emotions than the theatre.

    "On screen he is in no greater actual dangers, yet you look over and see yourself what a terrible height it is; you see the jump, you see the reptiles swimming about; you  not only see the jump, you see him fall, you see him hit the water, you watch him swim desperately from the crocodiles-and you must believe the evidence of your own eyes." This shows that the thriller film grips the audience as the audience is allowed to see the action from a first person view, as if they were actually there. This helps grip the audience and helps build up tension and suspense.

    Thrillers tend to thrive as they offer a buzz to the audience, the audience feels the hero's emotions and tension, they audience feel as if they are there. The audience tend to be gripped from the start of the film, which is key in making the audience want to stay and watch the film. Thrillers worry the audience, as the hero seems to be in danger, the audience can sympathise with the hero and they want him to be saved. 

    Monday, 31 January 2011

    How to prepare for a film shoot

    Different creative processes:
    1. Script writing
    2. Storyboarding
    3. Test shooting
    4. Shooting
    5. Editing

    1) Script - Always write a script down and never do it by memory. also keep the script simple by using actions and emotions instead of complicating it with talking about shots and angles.

    2) Walk through the script - Always do this so that everyone is comfortble with how it is sounding and also give people ideas of how it might look.

    3) Location recce - Always do one of these to give you an idea of when the best time to film would be and also take a lot of detailed notes of what you see and hear when you are there. 

    4) Digital storyboard - Us different angles, frames and also shot types and also go on to Google earth to get a birds eye view of your location and where you think would be best to film it.

    5) Shot list - Always make sure you have on of these because it keeps you organised when it comes to filming and also is good when you maybe want to annotate your script a bit.

    6) Test shots - Always good to go out of college to your location to take a few test shots to give you an idea of what will look good and also what wont work very well. also helps to get to know who and what is about at that time which will help you sort out what time we will film.

    7) Make shooting schedule - This is crucial because you need this to stay organised and on schedule which will help us get a better mark when it comes to final shooting.


    Things we still need to do for our thriller film

    Location recce-Test location for problems

    Storyboarding-Show ideas in a visual way

    Test Shooting-Test ideas like types of camera shots   

    Shooting- Shoot the ideas we have come up with for our film

    Editing-Edit the shots after doing the filming

    Friday, 28 January 2011

    Questions asked on our Pitch for our Thriller

    What music are you hoping to use?
    We are hoping to use some fast, up beat music to the start when the girl is jogging, diegetic.

    Who will be acting out each character role?
    One of Daisy's friends is the girl jogging past the creepy house and then Nick is the guy looking out the window with his hood up.

    Will the runner appear again later on in the film?
    No, the runner will not be linked to anything after her appearence at the start.

    Will we make an ident for our production logo?
    Yes if we get enough time to. We will put a lightning bolt going through the cloud and also some thunger noise.

    What animations will we use?

    Tuesday, 25 January 2011

    10 Second Breakdown of the Plot

    Setting: Early evening in a derelict village on a small foresty road.

    0 - 10 Seconds - Young girl on a jog running down the road.
    10 - 20 seconds - Girl runs past a house, stops to look, carries on running but keeps looking back at entrance of the house.
    20- 30  Seconds - Camera pans down the driveway up to a creepy house then stops. (no characters involved at this point) Then the camera looks up at a window where a man is standing, looking out.
    30 - 40 Seconds - Camera zooms into the man standing at a window (slowly). Then half way,  the screen scratches out and when the shot comes back on, the man is gone. But the camera continues to zoom.
    40 - 1.40 Seconds - For a minute, whilst the credits are shown, we will film things like paper being scratched, needles threaded lots of writing, photos, books etc. Gives audience an idea that the house has something about it because it is being investigated.
    1.40 - 1.50 Minutes -Back to house, but man standing in entrance with his head down. Camera slowly zooms into the man, half way - scratches screen again and title comes up.
    1.50 - 2 Minutes -  Camera goes back on house and keeps zooming until extreme close up of man's head, then he lifts up his head - scary face.

    Cast and Crew for our Thriller film

    Will Conlon, Daisy Cookson, Nick Griggs


    Moodboard for our Thriller

    This is our Moodboard for our Thriller opening sequence. We included some influential images and we also included some films and top producers of thriller films who we have researched. Also on the moodboard, we experimented with different fonts for the thriller film.

    Mise-En-Scene (THE FORGOTTEN)


    • Torch                    
    • Paper
    • Hooks
    • needles

    • Running Outfit- The girl- high visibility?
    • Dark clothing-Bad person-Hooded

      • Dark Lighting- Ominous, mysterious, scary, Gloomy

      • Lots of dark colours to show that it is mysterious.
      • The dark colours also show that the main character (the runner) has low visibility and cannot clearly see what is going on.

      • Abandoned house, accessible and appropriate to the film we are making due to the overhanging trees and the impact we are planning to make.

        Monday, 24 January 2011

        Classification of our Thriller

        Suitable only for 15 years and over

        No one younger than 15 can watch this film in the cinema, buy or rent this film.


        The film should not contain discrimination towards anyone or anything.


        The use of drugs may be shown, but only in an extremely negative way, to prevent the promotion of them.


        Horror, mean Strong threat and menace are allowed to be used unless it is sadistic or sexualised.

        Imitable behaviour

        Behaviour shown in the film which is dangerous should not be easily copied by everyday people.


        Strong language may be used frequently in the right context.


        There may be scenes of nudity but it must not go into detail


        There may be sexual activity but the film should not focus or go into detail about this.


        Any theme can be used as long as it is appropriate for a 15 year old


        There may be violence in the film as long as the film does not promote causing pain or being violent in a good light.

        Ideas for our Thriller

        Title of the film - The Forgotten.
        Classification - 15
        • We will be filming at an old mansion house in Shelford. (see above) 
        • Young girl running past the entrance of an abandoned house, you see she senses something weird and stops to look at the house.
        • As she carries on running, she looks back, showing that she senses something weird.
        • When the runner has gone, the camera zooms down the drive upto the house.
        • The camera stops and then zooms into  window where there is a silhouette of a man standing and watching.
        • The zoom continues and then the screen scratches out, and then the camera continues to zoom on the window but the man has gone.

        Friday, 21 January 2011

        Making a Production Logo

        We were set the task of creating a production logo for our thriller opening sequence. Using photoshop, an image from the internet and our own title and font we created a production logo called 'Stormwork productions'. We chose a picture of some storm clouds because it matches with the production title, the font of the writing is also quite creepy which goes with the thriller genre. If we have enough time, we hope to make an ident to go with the production logo to make, the opening sequence more authentic.

        Production Companies

        Paramount Home Entertainment
        The specific version of Paramount's i-dent which we watched was modified for high definition films. Starting with the normal viewing of the clip and then turning into HD, to show the difference. The production logo is of a mountain above the clouds, with the paramount name spread across the mountain, surrounded by stars. Being high up, above the clouds, could represent the company's 'high status'. We also thought that maybe the 'mount' part of Paramount could be why there's a mountain in the production logo.

        Monday, 17 January 2011

        Evaluation of group R1-13

        This group has used sound very well in this clip as it is slow and mysterious, which enables the viewer to see that the film is going to be a thriller. Also the titles are used effectively and stand out as they fade in and out and use a different colour font to the background. Also the use of black and white in the film makes it also seem more mysterious as nothing is revealed. This group also uses a variety of camera shits like close ups to create tension in the clip. The use of the clock at the start of the clip is very suitable to the name of the clip 'Time is up'

        Group R2 - 53 2008/09 - Evaluation of task

        This groups blog posts are very good because of the amount of detail they go into on each one which helps you understand their thinking behind the film more. They talk about everything from the different mise en scene techniques, to how they came to choose their location for the opening. They used a mixture of hand held and also tripod shots which is better for the viewer because it mixes it up a bit. They also used a lot of different shot distances such as close up and also a long way a way. The material that was used was very well suited to the task because it used dark lighting, filmed during the night, well suited music etc. The editing was not that good because there were hardly any transitions through out the film and the opening credits are very basic ( simple white writing on black in a plain font). The music is quite well made however there is a lack of continuity through out. 

        Marking Criteria

        Video is marked out of 60

        • Level 1 is anything up to 23
        • Level 2 24-35-Basic
        • Level 3 36-47- Proficient
        • Level 4 48-60-Excellent

        • Holding a shot steady where appropriate
        • Framing a shot including and excluding elements
        • Using a variety of shot distances
        • Shooting material appropriate to the task
        • Select mise-en-scene
        • Editing so that meaning is apparent to the viewer
        • Using varied shot transitions and effects
        • Using sound with images
        • Using titles appropriately

        Friday, 14 January 2011

        Action thriller-Opening Sequence Evaluation

        A) From the clip build ideas on what you think the conventions of this sub-genre are.
        We watched the film 'Leon' and the conventions of an action-thriller which we found within the film was that the film is very fast pace right from the beginning, the film starts by a brief conversation to give the audience an idea of the characters and then it goes straight into the action. Also, the film is quite gory for a thriller film because thrillers don't usually show a large amount of actual killings but in this film within the first half an hour there is at least nine or ten people killed. We believe this could be because the film is a certified 18. Another convention is that there is a protagonist (Leon) and an antagonist (Stan), which is quite typical for thriller films. Another convention which we discovered from this film is that there is a character who you don't quite fully understand, in this case Leon. Most thriller films have a twist in them which is not revealed until the end of the film, we predict that secrets about Leon will not be exposed until the end of the film.

        B) Which characters are introduced and what do we learn about them?
        The first character we are introduced to is the protagonist, Leon. From this first conversation we learn that he has quite a highly regarded reputation for assassinating people. there is also an element of a split personality within the character because he goes off and kills lots of people, then goes and buys some milk and is quite calmly sitting at home.   The second protagonist appears to be the little girl. Matilda. The camera firstly shows her outfit which is quite fun and vibrant reflecting her inner personality, when Leon walks past her she appears quite confident because she speaks to him without really knowing him.

        Tuesday, 11 January 2011

        An exemple of a Psychological Thriller - Momento

        The main character in Momento (Guy Pearce) is a schizophreniac, and this makes his character very isolated from other characters because he feels someone is trying to kill him, so he doesn't know who to trust. Therefore he pushes everyone away, and isolates himself which is a convention of most thriller films.

        The flashbacks throughout the film are also a common convention of thriller films, the time changes give the audience an idea of the confusion felt by the character because it is difficult to know what time is the present, this could represent the main character's memory loss and confusion.

        Characters often play on the minds of other characters in thrillers however in this film, the main character appears to play on his own mind, he write himself notes and has given himself tattoos to try and remind himself of different things in everyday life. However this seems to confuse him more.

        Analysis of Pyscolgical and Political

        Frost/Nixon is set in quite a few different settings and locations which shows that they are quite important politicians. Its a typical political film because of the fact two mjor politicians are fighting against each other for power.


         Fight club is a typical psychological film because of the fact that there is a protagonist and an antagonist. The fact that one of the main characters also suffers from insomnia also adds to the mystery of the film because the audience never know what he is thinking or what he is planning for his victims.

        An example of a political thriller-Valkyrie


        Valkyrie is a film about a group of German soldiers who attempt to overthrow the Nazi leadership and kill Adolf Hitler. This political thriller meets the political thriller conventions as Tom Cruise's character attempts to stop Hitler ruling Germany. Also it meets the conventions as innocent people are drawn into the storyline, in this case Tom Cruise's characters wife and children are drawn into the story line even though they have done nothing wrong. Valkyrie is set in Germany during the second world war and shows that not all of the Germans supported Hitler. Also the helper character is very key in this film as this is who supplies Tom Cruise's character with all of the bombs to attempt to kill Hitler, this is also meets the conventions of a political thriller.

        Conventions of a Psychological Thriller

        • Twisted/Unusual/clever plot.
        • The character is unaware of something we know, e.g they think some one is trying to kill them when we know that they aren't trying to kill them.
        • Questions reality.
        • Unusual Heroes, this adds to the twisted plot
        • The themes are often quite dark
        • There is often a focus on a particular theme e.g Dreams or memory.
        • Characters often have a fascination with death or other worlds.
        • Typical narrative
        • Flashbacks are often used 
        • Characters playing on each others minds, e.g trying to confuse each other etc.

        Differences Between a Horror and a Thriller


         Tension is built towards a reveal at the end

         Tense all the way through
         Thriller focuses on solving crime

         Focus on violence/gore
         More depth to plot and characters

         we do not get to know characters well
         Mature well known and expensive characters

        young cast who are not always known
         What/how and why?


        Example of a Horror
        Example of a Thriller

        Monday, 10 January 2011

        Evaluation of 'Seven'

        Seven is a typical story line and the events that happen in the film are typical of a good thriller. We know this because first of all we never see anyone getting killed instead we just see them turning up and trying to figure out what happened. If it was a horror we would see the people get killed instead. Also the lighting in the film is mostly artificial which kind of sets the tone and the feeling towards the film. The actors used in this film are well known famous actors which is better because they can make the film more interesting rather than actors who are just starting out who are usually used in horrors to try and make a name for themselves.

        Rules of filming

        1. No swearing
        2. No kids
        3. No weapons in public places
        4. No over used narratives
        5. Must have own music
        6. If filming on sight must be considerate of others-not on roof.

        Conventions of a thriller


        • music is dark-low beat
        • lighting-low key. dark/shadows
        • Title- gives a clue to Narrative
        • takes an ordinary situation makes it extraordinary 
        • binary opposite characters
        • see protagonist in peril
        • false equilibrium
        • female objectification
        • voyeurism- audience becomes veyeur
        • themes of mistaken identity, mirroring, illusion
        • protagonist is isolated
        • achilles heel weakness

        Sunday, 9 January 2011

        Notes on The Prestige part 1

        Mis en - scene
        • The lighting right at the start sort of sets the feeling and tone for the film as it is quite dark and dull and the film isn't exactly the happiest storyline therefore i think it sets the tone early
        • The sound throughout the film is never upbeat, instead it is always quite echoey and a bit depressing which i think links well with the story and film
        • Props used fit well with the characters.
        Character roles
        • Michael Cane plays his role well because he does not give too much away about anything he does such as when thy are in court, he refuses to give away his secrets about tricks which keeps the audience interested because they will want to find out later on.
        • Balden right at the start of the film is made out to look like the enemy because they all believe he killed his enemy magician. Also he is made out to be struggling for money and struggling in life. The audience is unsure whether to feel sorry for him or a bit of anger.
        • Mr Angier is completely the opposite because we find out he has alot of money and is not struggling unlike Balden. the settings and props also help us get an idea of how both characters live their lives through out the film.
        Narrative roles
        • The main characters in the film narrate over parts in which they are mostly involved in so that they can give the audience a first hand account of how they dealt or felt towards a situation which helps the audience understand more.

        Friday, 7 January 2011

        Preliminary Task

        This is will and Nick preparing to film our preliminary task...

        This is Nick editing our preliminary footage...

        Preliminary Task

          We had to film different shots a couple of times so we could make it as good as we could of. We have taken some pictures of our storyboards and also the work we have completed on final cut so far.