Saturday, 29 January 2011

Thriller Audiences: RESEARCH

In order to create our thriller, we need to take into consideration the target audience of thrillers and the age range/genger/ethinicity etc who watch thrillers, and therefore who we will be aiming our thriller at.

Shown below are the figures for thriller films, released in the UK in 2009:

Below shows information on Gender and Genre in films:

In 2009 501 films where released, only 31 of which were thriller films. Action, comedy and animation account for 52% of box office in 2009. These genres of films create the most interest amongst the public and therefore go on to make the biggest profit. This is because these genres of movies appel to young adults within the ages of 16-24 years, of which are the most likely to go to the cinema.
Thrillers account for the lower proportion of UK box office ratings and only 4% of UK box office takings  in 2009 were for thrillers. This is because most marketing and advertisement industries tend to focus on promoting more big-budget films e.g. action and animation films, which will appeal to a wider target audience and therefore make a bigger profit. Looking at the 'genre by gender' diagram above, what information can be derived about Thriller audiences and gender? After looking at the 'genre by gender' diagram above, we can notice that Suspense movies lie in between male and female viewers, showing that thrillers are aimed at both genders. However where the other genres are placed tells us what type of thrillers male and female viewers are attracted to, for men they prefer the more gruesome and fast-paced thrillers whereas females tend to prefer the calmer and more subtle thrillers. Thrillers are most commonly targeted at an older target audience of teenagers and older, this is shown through the age certificate of suspense films as they are usually either a 15 or 18. Showing that thrillers are target at an older audience who will understand the content and to who it will not be offensive.

Font Analysis: RESEARCH

Many different fonts are used in movies to portray the theme of the movie. Fonts are a key factor when making a movie, as they are used for advertising and credits, and the font is one of the big factors into attracting an audience to your film.

In class we learnt about the two different types of fonts:

- Serif Fonts - (A serif is a small extra detail at the end of each stroke of every letter) - Usually more traditional and slightly more formal than Sans Serif Fonts. E.g Times and Courier

- Sans Serif Fonts - (Without A serif) -  Usually more informal, modern and "friendly". E.g. Arial and Comic Sans

In class we looked at two different fonts used in movies, one being a Serif Font and the other being a Sans Serif Font.

The first font was from the movie 'Pearl Harbour', which used a Serif Font and has been designed especially for the film. We can see that the font is old fashioned, and therefore connotes that the movie is set in a past time. The CAPS lined up font connotes a regimental style, just like that of the army or marines and therefore implies something of the film. The font looks historical and formal, showing that the film is an adult film and should appeal to its target audience. The font used represents the movie and has been specifically designed to show the type of movie it is and make sure it is attractive to its specific target audience. 

The second font was from the movie 'Rocky' which uses a Sans Serif font. It is completely different from the 'Pearl Harbour' font. This font is bold and sticks on the page, this being the aim of the font, to attract and stand out to its target audience. However the font tells us two different things, the first showing us how strong and masculine Rocky is and the second it shows us his 'softer side' which matches with the picture of him with his girlfriend. This is done through the font, as Sans Serif fonts are often used in informal ways e.g. girls magazines, children's sites, and the use of this font for 'Rocky' shows us that although he looks strong and hard on the outside he has a soft interior. Along with this as the big bold font is squeezed onto the page, it symbolizes how big his strength and power is. The font is informal and stands out, relating to its target audience. 

Friday, 28 January 2011

Title Sequence Analysis - 'Marathon Man'

In lesson we were told to get into small groups and analyse a title sequence, our group chose 'Marathon Man', a 1976 film starring actor Dustin Hoffman. We had to watch the film a few times over to get all the information we needed, here is a rough title sequence timeline:

0.0 - START

0.05 - Production Company (The movie opens with the production and distribution companies. The famous Paramount logo is the first thing to come on screen making the audience aware of who has produced this film)

0.16 - Paramount Pictures Presents

0.20 - Production and Distribution companies

0.23-0.41 - Footage of historical runner

0.45-0.59 - Actor Credits (As actor is running)

1.00 - Film Title - 'Marathon Man' (Comes across screen slowly as if running along with the man who is running)

1.23 - Co-starring Actors Credits

1.29-1.32 - Music

1.35 - Production Design

1.38 -  Associate Producer

1.42 - Director of Photography

2.04 - Screenplay

2.08 - Produced By

2.13 - Directed By

3.02 - END

I think this is a succesfull title sequence, as it sets up what the film is about but doesn't give too much away. It shows us the most important people who have been involved in the film and also introduces the title of the film in a way that is relevant to the theme of the film.

The Bag Swap: Editing

After we had filmed all the footage we needed to make our practice movie: The Bag Swap, we came back into class and began starting the editing process. It was the first we had used final cup pro as a group so it was a great opportunity to get to know final cup pro and we took full advantage of the time we got to make our first movie. It was a great experience as it was difficult coming to terms with how to edit and add together different pieces of footage, and we got a good amount of time practicing it as a group, making sure that we all knew how to add footage in and put it together. 

Cutting down clips

Making sure there are no small gaps between each clip, and that clips are placed tightly next to each other

We reviewed all of clips as a group and then began cutting down making sure that clips which were not at all useable were deleted and clips that had potential or certain bits we wanted that we kept. We then put them in order. 

Practice Movie: The Bag Swap

In Lesson our group was given a brief, which was to film a bag swap in a thrilling and exciting way. Swapping a bag itself isn't exactly exciting, and therefore we were told that we needed to create an atmosphere of suspense and mystery through the use of camera angles, movement of the camera and shot distance. We were given two bags to use and told to choose two people to act (Tyler and Rosetta).

Practice Film 'Bag Swap'

In this lesson we practice on using the video camera and to get used to use different angles ad effects. We were given a brief.
This is a clip from the film Collateral (2004) and it shows a bag swap although we thought it will be better to swap the bags with out the two characters talking because it might not create suspicion.  

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Livetype and Sound: SKILLS

In lesson we were given an introduction to LiveType. LiveType is a programme on Macs which allows you to add music, sound effects and titles to your film on Final Cut Pro. We were taught how to use the programme and how to add sound to our clips along with credits. This is the programme that we will be using for creating our thriller, so it was useful to have a chance to use it and learn the basics. It has a wide range of effects and extras that we can use to make out final thriller opening professional and successful.

A LiveType Tutorial:


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Introduction to Editing: SKILLS

In class we had a lesson on Editing. We were first introduced to the programme that we will be using throughout the year to edit our film, which is called Final Cut Pro. I have never used this programme to me so it was very new but surprisingly easy to pick up the skills we needed to know. We were taught many tools and buttons to use to make our editing successful.
Final Cut Pro
  • First we were taught how to save our clips onto the Mac from the video drive and then how to import them into Final Cut Pro
  • We were then taught how to delete, cut and put our clips into order
  • We were shown how to add in transitions, which connected clips to one and other to make the sequence flow smoothly and make the movie more interesting
  • we were shown how to add sound effects and titles into our movie, and other effects that would be useful for our movie in the future
We were then able to play around on the programme, and get used to editing clips and adding in extras. I enjoyed the lesson as I found it enjoyable to be able to edit our movie and add sound effects and titles making it more professional. It was a useful lesson as when we come to creating our final thriller opening, it will be much easier and we will have come to grips with editing successfully. 

Introduction to cameras: SKILLS

In lesson we were given an introduction to using cameras for our filming. We were shown how to use them sensibly and the precautions we need to take. We were taught the specific skills to make our film successful, from the basic skills to more intermediate skills such as:
  • How to set the camera up, making sure the memory card is inserted correctly and that the camera has been attached to the tripod correctly
  • How to use the focus - making sure not auto focus but manual
  • How to how the camera correctly and safely, giving maximum film quality
  • How to zoom, display filmed items and start/stop recording
  • Making sure the tripod is set up correctly, and that the tripod legs are set up evenly
After we had learnt the basics of using a camera, we were taught about the camera in more depth.  We were given tips on what to do and what not to do, for example to make sure that we use close ups on emotions and use the tripod for a majority of the filming, to provide stability and therefore a better quality of film. As the lesson continued we were shown different shots to use and were able to practice them, such as high angle and low angle. This helped us to gain an understanding of how to film these shots and why we should use them to give a specific effect. We were then taught that when shooting an over the shoulder shot, we should never zoom in on a persons face from over the shoulder but should move the camera nearer to the person as it is more professional and sleek.

This camera session helped me to gain the skills that I need for filming our thriller and was a good learning experience. I know feel more comfortable about filming as I now have the right knowledge to film a successful thriller opening.

EXTENSION: Types of shots.
There were many shots we looked at that take an effect on the audience. Looking at specific angles and techniques that can create suspense and build tension.

A Low Angle Shot

For example a high angle shot shows a person with authority and power looking down on someone who is vulnerable. 

A Low Angle Shot
Opposed to a high angle shot is a low angle shot. Of which shows the authority and importance of characters. For example in this low angle shot from the movie bad boys it shows the importance of  the heroic characters and there status in the movie. 

Extreme Close Up Shot
Another type of shot is a Extreme Close-Up, of which shows us the characters emotions in extreme details. It enables us to the reaction of the character and we can understanding there feelings without speech. This shot is extremely successful in thriller movies, as we can see horrifying and scared reactions close up and feel how they are feeling. 

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

"Seven'' - a title sequence that inspires me

This is the opening sequence for the film 'Seven'. This is a really effective thriller opening which i found inspiring for the ideas i came up with for the group's own film. I think that this opening is a great way of drawing in the viewers, and building up questions in their mind as to what the film is about, and what will actually happen throughout.

David Fincher was very smart in the way that he filmed this opening. The lightning is very dark and dramatic, with only subtle hints of lighting, so that it is hard for us to see properly. There are also many shadows which help create mystery in the sequence. There are many different close ups, so we can see all different aspects of the location, and what the character is doing. The credits make for a really interesting part of the film. The font is really simple, and small, in a basic font, but the way it comes onto the screen, and the way that it is flickering on the screen really interests me.

There is an edit of red into the background of this clip, which makes the viewers automatically think of blood. This also a good way of making people question what is going on. The use of mise en scene is extremely important in this opening. The close ups further exaggerate the things used. There are many types of paper and fonts shown, which then lead us to the conclusion that the person is making a book. The  clip where the person is highlighting words in the newspaper article makes us think that the person is targeting someone.

This thriller opening inspires me because it says alot, and draws viewers in, but it also doesn't give too much away.

Monday, 24 January 2011

'DEAD CALM' - A Title Sequence Which Inspires Me

A title sequence which inspires me is thriller 'DEAD CALM' (1989). I think this title sequence is successful because of many techniques of which have been used to set the mood of the film and gain the audiences attention. 

The sequence starts of with very subtle spooky music and white titles appearing on a completely black screen. Followed by this is the movie title, "DEAD CALM" which slowly comes in across the screen in a bold red font, the two words overlap eachother and fit into place on the middle of the screen as the ghost-like music slowly gets louder. I find this entrance of the movie title very effective, as it sets a scary atmosphere and the contrast between the red and black makes the viewer think of blood and hints at what is yet to come. The way in which the title sequence is on a black screen is done successfully, as the movie does not need any moving images or people but has been able to use just text, colours and music to get the audience wanting to watch on. 

The title sequence carries on as such, with the white titles slowly moving forward on the black screen. Yet again, the movies takes little and makes it interesting and exciting to the audience. The music slowly changes from scary sounds to a train moving, a transition from calm to loud which helps to build tension and take the audience from one place to another, bringing them successfully into the film. 

As we are introduced to the film and characters, and the titles are stopped, the spooky quiet music begins to build up again as sailors rush around the train station. I think that the end of the title sequence leaves the viewer wanting more and thrilled as to what is yet to come. I think the title sequence is successful and has used senses to excite and capture the audience. 

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Lurpak ad Sequence

This lurpak makes the  simple thing of making an omelet have tension and some suspense by using different techniques and effects. It takes a very simple everyday activity making omelet feel very different than normal because this advert uses extreme close ups, cut aways of different objects that are in the kitchen and when he uses these things. The music used creates tension though out the advert because it sound like a church song it almost sound like music they would use in space film going to a new planet or something this also creates the sense of uncertainty, a new experience and something unfamiliar just as we humans going to a different planet. When the knifes are shown we can hear the sound effects knifes hitting each other.

I think this shot is the most effective scene was when he turns on the fire then it cuts to the fire turning on in slow motion and this seems that the fire is coming toward the viewers which makes them feel uneasy.

This make the audience feel even smaller than the eggs. 

The slowmotion of the man breaking the egg  creates tension because the viewers can see the same action with more detail and it's the same thing when he puts the butter in the pan.

Font analysis

The font used  in the promotion of the film 'Pearl Harbour' suggest that this movie is set in the olden times. The name of the film 'PEARL HARBOR' is in white in capital letter at the bottom of the page.

The font used in the film 'Rocky' is called Franklin Gothic Heavey. The name of the film 'ROCKY is in big, bold capital letters and it is placed at the top of the poster so is will be the first thing that the viewers will see. This font can also refer to the main characters personalty  in the film strong and masculine.

Fonts that appeals to me

I find this style of font used in the film salt is interesting because it's all in capital letters the tile of the file is in the middle of the page in white.
Font name: Morris Sans

This style of font will be good for a thriller film because the colour red symbols danger, evil and it can also symbolize blood.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Analysing Thriller Clip for Genre

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Introduction to editing skills

   We were introduces to one of the most important programs that we need to use for editing our videos.

First we were introduced to the program called Final Cut Pro this program is used to edit our videos. 

Then we were shown how to use Soundtrack Pro at first we were a bit unsure about what tools to use and were to get the sounds from but we found them in the end. 

Introduction to camera

In this lesson we had an introduction on how to use and how not to use the cameras and the tripods. 

  • First we were shown how to put in and how to take out the battery from the camera, we did the same for the memory card and the most important but simple thing we learnt was how to turn the camera on.

  •  We were shown how to put the camera on the tripod and how to change the height of the tripod so the legs were evenly put up which we found difficult to do strangely enough .
  • Learning how to use the camera correctly and safely was important as well.
  1. Never hold the tripod if the camera is still on it.
  2. Don't touch the camera lens.
  3. Don't use the camera in the rain.
  • We were also shown different and effective shots that could be used in our film and shots that create a different atmosphere by just changing the camera angles. This helped because it gave us information on how to make a successful film and have good shots. 

    Camera Shots:

    Establishing shot
    This shot shows the audience where the film in based and where it is set in. 

    Eye-Level Camera angle

    This shot is when the camera is placed at exactly the height and place of where the character is and this shows what that character can see (the average human eye level) which makes the audience fell that they are in the same space as the character and makes them fell more involved in that scene.

    Low camera angle

     In this shot the camera is places below the character which makes the character seem more powerful, strong and intimidating. This shot is also useful when a hero is show in a low angle shot because this will make the viewers admire and respect the character.

Title sequence which inspires me


The title sequence for the film 'Seven' inspires me the most because it uses different techniques to create tension and mystery. The fonts used in this title sequence add to the atmosphere of the film quick, flashy with a font that looks like messy hand writing. The flashing of the screen also creates the same effect as the writing the screeching sound as well. The extreme close ups shows the audience exactly what this person is doing almost perfectly which shows that this person is used to doing these things the different picture will start to cause the audience to be suspicious especially when he scribes over a picture of some boys face with a big black marker then while still showing the picture he scribed on a red transparent screen comes up which might signify death or blood. This is also when the music gets faster and louder the extreme close up of him wiping the needle can signify him wiping a knife that he might have used to kill his victims. The close up of him sowing the paper together can mean that he also uses a similar technique to tortures his victims. The use of a dollar shows this film is based in America.  At the beginning of this opening we see that he is opening the books that he is going to use and at the end we see that he is finishing up his work this may show that this in his every day routine as well as murdering people.  

Response to the "Watching" documentary.

In this lesson, we watched a documentary called "Watching". This documentary was about film openings and how affective they can be, and also what makes them effective. Thomas Sutcliffe says that "Films need to seduce their audience into long term commitment. While there are many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible." By this quote, i think that he means that films need to make the audience interested in watching them and not make them get bored and want to leave halfway through the film. I also think that the latter part of this quote suggests that putting full effort into the opening of the film is irresistible to make the audience fully engaged.

Another quote from this documentary is "A good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly enough yet, and at the same times make sure that it doesn't know too little." The meaning of this quote is pretty obvious. The audience must be engaged enough so that they are eager to watch more of the film, and find out exactly what is happening. If you don't give the audience enough information at the start, they are more likely to be too confused, during the rest of the film, to figure out whats happening.

Critic Stanley Kauffmann describes the classic film opening as starting off with an Establishing shot, specifically in the east of New York. The next shot should be of a building, and then a close up of a window. After this, there should be a shot of what's inside the window, most likely a office, and then you should introduce a character. I believe that this is the perfect movie opening because you are given just the right amount of information about the surroundings, and an introduction to one of the characters, where you can then make connections as to what the story is about.

Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven, is extremely effective in my opinion. The mysteriousness of this is extremely engaging. There is alot of tension, suspense created, and the viewers are put on edge as they have no idea of what will happen next. There is not alot of information given about what actually happens in the film,  but the way that the colours, camera angles, and font is involved, makes the viewers interested in what may happen throughout the film.

Introduction To Editing and Sound Lesson

In this lesson we learnt how to use Live Type, Final Cut, and Soundtrack Pro.

In Soundtrack Pro, we were shown all the different things we could use to get a certain sound, and we were shown how to mix different sounds together, and how to change the volume of each piece so that they fit together perfectly so that we can get the right atmosphere, and sound we desire. There are many different things we were introduced to, for us to achieve the sounds we wanted. Some of the options included; Sound Effects, Instruments, Genre, and even a Custom option for us to create our own sounds.

Live Type is a programme which is used to add titles onto your movie. This is a fairly easy programme to use. We were shown how to select the type of text we wanted to use, out of many different styles given. You can choose from Normal Fonts which would be found in Microsoft Word, Animated Backgrounds for fonts, and 'Live Fonts'. Live Fonts are fonts which are really comical. There are a lot of Live Fonts to choose from, including 'Chance' which is like a gambling machine type font. 'String' which is a moving handwriting type font, and 'TV Up', which is a font which comes up in the form of a TV. Below are examples of these fonts.



Final Cut Pro is the main programme which is used for editing. This is the programme where you input all your clips, and cut them together the way you'd like them to look. In Final Cut Pro, you can also add effects to your movie. These include Fades, Split Screens, and Wipe effects. These add to the technicality of your film. In our lesson, we were shown how to put clips together, how to shorten them to your needs, and how to add effects on them. 

Introduction to Camera Lesson

In this lesson, we learnt how to use the cameras. We were shown how to turn them on, how to put them on the tripods, and how to put in the memory cards and battery's. We also learnt how to use some of the button on the camera, like how to make the camera go into auto focus, how to make the lighting a little bit brighter, and how to use the zoom correctly.

I enjoyed the lesson because it was a pretty hands on, practical lesson. I had been looking forward to using the cameras for months, so it was nice to finally get to learn how to use them, and practice how to use them, by making a mini film a week later, using Jelly Babies.

Thriller clip analyses

This clip is from the film 'What lies beneath' first we see the woman coming up the stairs then suddenly stopping and looking over to some where and form the point it creates suspense because the audience are not able to see what she  is looking at but then the camera slowly turns around to a door which is open a little with steam coming out from it this creates a feeling of mystery and we are able to see the steam clearly because the room is lit dimly. The creaky sound when the door open is a commonly use sound in most horror or thriller movies to make us feel uneasy.  

This point of view shot makes the audience feel like they are going in to the bathroom making feel vulnerable.  The audience are unable to see the bathroom clearly because of the white stem.

 Having her reflection in the baths water with a space o the right of her suggest that we might see something else, other than her reflection. The sound made when we see the ghost will shock the audience because they would expect the sound to suddenly come up.


Intertextuality is a term that describes when a media text refers to another media text. Films "borrow" specific aspects from each other e.g. camera angles, mise en scene, methods of editing or snippets of sound.

I find intertextuality interesting, as I like noticing the ways in which media texts have used certain aspects from another text, and adapted it to make it their own. I think intertextuality is a clever concept as it can take a specific aspect of a movie, and a director can "borrow" it and then adapt and improve it to their advantage.

An example of intertextuality is of the famous shower scene from the film "Pshyco", which has been "borrowed" many a time by other films.

A film that has used this scene from psycho, is the film The Stepfather (2010). The film has taken the idea from psycho and adapted and modernised it so that it takes a different turn. In the end we still see someone getting stabbed and ending up falling backwards into the bathtub and pulling the shower down with him. However it differs from Psycho as the "bad guy" is revealed and it is the "bad guy" who ends up dead in the bath.

I think this use of intertextuality is successful, as the director has taken a modern approach on the scene from psycho and has adapted it to make it more realistic and enjoyable for the target audience.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


Intertextuality is when something is shown or writen but it refers to another situation. Intertextuality interests me becuase of the way it uses different ways of showing what happend or what is going to happen in the film with out any of the characters telling us.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


Intertextuality is when films borrow certain parts of another film. I think Intertextuality is quite interesting. The way films have the same sort of idea, placed in a different way is intriguing as you dont always notice, unless it is pointed out. An example of textuality is in the films; What Lies Beneath, The Stepfather, Fatal Attraction, and a student film called Succubus. Each of these films have taken some aspects of the film Psycho's shower scene. Below i have posted a link to each of these videos.


This picture is a screenshot from the bathroom scene in The Stepfather. This scene is fairly similar to the scene in Psycho. This is a good example of intertextuality.

How suspense is created in The Shining.

In The Shining, there are many different ways that suspense is created. The main ways that suspense is built up is by the use of Camera Angles and Sound. I am going to Analyse the Maze scene which brings the film to an end, and i am going to talk about how this scene creates tension in us, as viewers.

The above video is the scene that i'm going to talk about. Firstly the setting makes us feel tense. It is dark outside, and the area is full of snow. There is nowhere to hide as the snow is so bright. We wonder how Danny is going to be able to to hide from his father.

Once Danny and Jack have entered the Maze, we are then full of tension and suspense is instantly built due to the camera angles. There are quite a few Point Of View shots which put the viewers in the position of Danny. We are then on edge as we dont know what is around each corner.

Near to the end of this scene, the noises coming out of Jack's mouth become less human and more animalistic. This makes us more on edge as we can hear Jack losing his sense of humanity and it is a scary thing to witness.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Thriller sub-genres that inspire me & why

Sub-genres of thrillers

* Political thriller(spies, government corruption, corporate corruption)
* Innocent on the run
* Acquired Identity(stealing or dead)
* Technology out of control
* The beast as threat
* Alien threat                                                                                                                                                *  * Psychological  thriller(help! you are playing with my mind)
* Supernatural thriller
* Good vs evil
* Murderous passions(love triangles, affairs, blackmail)
* Action thriller

 My favorite genre of a thriller is a murderous passion because it consists of a lot of suspense build-up and tension within the audience of what may/may not happen next.


Suspense in the Shinning

Suspense is created in the film Shinning though sound, editing, mise en scene and camera movement.

The first scene that I am going to analyse is the scene where, Danny is riding around the hotel on his tricycle.  The very steady tracking shot and the balance with in the frame and the fact that the camera is behind Danny makes us feel very uncomfortable. We can only see what Danny can see and as he turns the corners we are waiting to find something that will make us jump. We are following him but very inhumanely just observing him not being able to see his face, also adds to the suspense. But in a sense we feel protected by Danny as he is the one to see what might give us a fright before we see it, like sending your best friend first into the darkness to check if the coast is clear. The balance in the frame is done well as I had mentioned before this balance adds to feeling uncomforted, it creates the atmosphere because the frame determines what we see and what we see to us as an audience is the most important thing. When looking at this scene we can see an even amount of  the floor, the carpet pattern, what's ahead of Danny and Danny who is placed in the middle of the frame. The type of shot this whole scene is in dose not change either, this makes us feel involved and claustrophobic. We can really feel like we are in a dim narrow long corridor, having to look at the continuos pattern of the carpet in turn.  The music that sounds like screams with a echoey effect which is used though out the film this scene makes viewers feel tense and uneasy.

In this scene Jack is hitting the door with the axe, the camera movement in this scene is very well known in the  world of film as it shows the amount of power and effort that is being put into Jack using the axe against the door. It really shows us how determined Jack is to kill Wendy. This adds to how much suspense we feel within just this scene, the transformation of the character from being calm and normal to being full of rage and violence is a shock to us. Wendy is  trapped in the brightly lit bathroom it makes us feel that for her to escape from Jack is going to be impossible and we rely on her to figure out a way where she can survive. We can see that she hasn't got much to defend her self with just a small kitchen knife, which is going to be useless against the huge axe that Jack has with him. The lighting  in the bathroom helps us to see the facial expressions that Wendy is pulling and it makes us realize how scared she is and how scary the situation must be for her. As well as this it shows the damage that Jack is causing, this is when the daunting realization that the door that Wendy is relying on to hold up for her is going to be taken away in a matter of seconds. The way that Wendy is framed while she is leaning against the door begging Jack to stop, shows that she is very close to the axe which is being hurled at and through the door. The sound track that is used in this scene becomes very annoying and aggravating as all we want is to help her figure out a way out of the bathroom, it makes it very hard to concentrate on what she could do to escape.

 In this scene Danny is being chased in the dark maze the maze it's self shows and makes the viewers feel that they and the character have no sense of direction and no control over the situation. The camera is again following behind Danny when he is running away from the threat in the maze this also relates back to the very first scene when the car is been look over and followed by the camera in the mountain that scene and this  maze scene shows that the characters are like the pray and us viewers are the predators. The blue lighting makes us unable to see this scene in detail and the foot prints in the snow makes us feel the Danny with be defiantly caught. The maze makes us feel this scene will be never ending or ending in dead end. The framing in this scene is similar to the framing in the first scene that I analysed a steady tracking shot with Danny back in  view the only facial expression we see in when he looks back to check if Jack is coming because this is the only facial expression we see we feel panicky.  

Thriller Sub Genres

Types of thrillers:

  • Political (spies, government, corruption, corporate corruption, mafia)
  • Innocent on the run 
  • Acquired identity (stealing a dead persons identity or cloning)
  • Supernatural
  • Psychological (mind games)
  • Good vs Evil
  • Action
  • Technology out of control
  • The beast as threat
  • Murderous Passions (love triangles, affairs, blackmail)
At the moment I am inspired by Murderous Passions and Psychological thrillers because I think they are the genres that could potentially be turned into the most interesting thriller. I think I could get the most out of this genre of thriller, as there are many different ways in which to make it successful. 

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Thriller sub-genres

  • Political thriller
  • Innocent on the run
  • Acquired identity
  • Psychological thriller
  • Supernatural thriller 
  • Good vs evil
  • Murderous passion 
  • Action thriller 
  • Technology out of control
  • Alien threat
The sub- genres that inspires me the most is supernatural thrillers because unexplainable things happen which makes the viewers want to know more about whats making it happen.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Thriller Sub Genres

  • Political Thriller
  • Innocent On The Run
  • Supernatural Thriller
  • Psychological Thriller
  • Murderous Passions
  • Good vs Evil
  • Action Thriller
  • Technology In Control
  • The Beast As A Threat
The thriller sub-genre that inspires me most right now is Murderous Passions. Although seeming like a simple genre to choose, there are so many different things that you can do to make this an exciting thriller. For example, you could make the plot extremely obvious and delve straight into the story, or you can drag it out a little bit, and make the story really dark and twisted.