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chaIIenge forms and conventions of reaI media products?
The setting and location of our product 'The
Unexpected', goes with the 'typical' codes and
conventions of the Thriller genre. The setting of our
film is in a secluded bathroom with and eerie sinister
atmosphere as well as dim lighting. The setting for
our production connotes the 'typical' convention for a
Thriller goes with our opening sequence, as the
location is abandoned and the protagonist can't
escape. We got the idea of using a bathroom for our film from the psychological Thriller Saw
(2004), which starts of in a bathroom in which the protagonists cannot escape. The
abandoned location gives away to the audience that something bad will happen soon as
they are alone, or the audience believes that they are alone.
The costumes for our antagonist, doesn't necessarily
apply to the 'typical' conventions of costumes in
Thrillers, however our idea for our costume for our
antagonist came from a psychological horror film The
Ring (2002). The antagonist in The Ring has a long
white dress which makes her appear to be eerie and
frightening to the audience, as she doesn't look
approachable. This is the look we wanted to achieve
for our media product, so we decided to use a very
similar costume to that in The Ring. However, we
decided to go with a 'typical' convention used within
Thriller films of adding blood onto the antagonists
clothing. This creates an enigma to the audience, as to
why does she have blood on her? Where did it come
from? So we specially used this sort of costume for our character, to not only go with 'typical'
conventions within a Thriller film but to also create enigmas for the audience, which makes
them want to watch the film, even more as they want to know why she has blood on her ect.
The outfit for our protagonist again go with the 'typical'
conventions of a Thriller film. For our protagonist we decided
to dress him in a black suit and black shoes so he
represents a working class middle class male. We dressed
him smart deliberately so the audience thinks he looks
'normal' and they don't think anything bad will happen to him
as he looks nice and respectable, so we kept to the
conventions of a Thriller, as many of the characters in Thriller
films look 'normal' and 'innocent', and we as an audience
believe no harm can come to them.
TitIe and fonts used
The opening title sequence of our film 'The
Unexpected', is in clear large font and is also
bold and in a red colour. The red font colour
used, indicates to the audience that there may
be death within the film as the colour red
usually indicates death or blood within a
Thriller film. Many Thriller films use red font colours on their titles; to indicate people that
there is danger within the film, which is why we chose to use red as our main colour for our
title, as the colour goes with the codes and conventions of a Thriller as e wanted people to
feel fear. We also did the title with two colours rather than one so it stands out more to the
viewers. The title is also in a large font so people can clearly see what the film is called, and
we also put the title at the end of our sequence rather than the beginning, as then it is the
last thing the audience have seen so they will remember what the name of the film is.
The titIe of the fiIm
The title of our film again goes with codes and
conventions of the Thriller genre. Firstly, the
name of the film is called 'The Unexpected,
we deliberately chose this title as it
immediately indicates to the audience that
within the film something 'unexpected' will
happen. Ìt makes the audience want to know what is going to happen, so it makes them
want to watch it. This is a convention of a Thriller, as right from the very beginning it makes
you want to watch it to find out more which Thrillers always do; right from the very beginning
it draws the audience in to make them want to watch it even further. The title of our product
also has mystery behind it, as the audience doesn't know what the unexpected event will be,
which is again a typical convention of a Thriller, as many Thriller names have unusual titles,
which create enigmas for the audience such as The Ring; it is an unusual title which makes
people want to watch it so they can find out what the title has to do with the film.
For our film, we decided to use a 'fade in' special effect, when the antagonist suddenly
appears unexpectedly. We decided to use a quick fade in effect, as the audience wouldn't
have been expecting it, and it makes the audience jump. We had to make the effect fast, as
if it was a slow effect it wouldn't have gave the same 'jumpy' effect to the audience and it
wouldn't have made them scared, and making the effect fast rather than slow, is a typical
code and convention of a Thriller film, as it surprises the audience and build up tension,
which we then applied to our production.
ow characters are introduced
We introduced our protagonist, lying unconscious on the floor which creates many enigmas
for the audience such as, why is he lying on the floor? Ìs he alive? Ect. The fact that the
protagonist seems to be alone, and is on the floor unconscious indicates to the audience,
that he is vulnerable and in danger. We got the idea of him being unconscious alone in a
bathroom from Saw, as the protagonist in the film is alone and in a dangerous situation
which we decided to apply to our film.
We introduced our antagonist with a
point of view shot, so the audience
can see what the protagonist is
seeing. We used this shot, as from
what we can see of her is that she
looks very mysterious and eerie, and
also the lighting around her is dim so
we can't see her face, so it makes the
audience feel intimidated by her as
we can't see her true identity. We
also used a point of view shot, so that the audience can see that the antagonist has blood on
her costume, and this creates enigmas for the audience as they're curious as to whose
blood is it and why is it there? The character also looks very frightening, which makes the
audience want to continue watching as they want to know more about the character so they
can give her an identity. This again is a typical code and convention used within a Thriller
film, as the antagonist isn't fully revealed to the audience, and they don't have a complete
identity of who they are.
Story and how the opening sets it up
The start of the film shows to the audience that there is a vulnerable person on the floor, and
it connotes that they're in a dangerous situation as they seem to be alone. This sets up the
film as it indicates to the audience that they're there for a reason, and the audience continue
to watch as they want to know why they're there. The fact that they're also unconscious also
sets up the story, as the audience want to know if they're dead as it isn't quite clear at the
very beginning of the film as he is lying very still, and we feel sympathetic towards the
character as he is in a dangerous situation, and when it is revealed that he isn't alone in the
bathroom, it makes the audience almost want the protagonist to escape even though they
know nothing about him. The fact that the location is also in a bathroom, also sets the film up
as it is a secluded location and the audience want to know why they're there. The characters
are introduced in a way in which creates many enigmas, and also the location creates
enre and how the opening suggests it
Many Thriller films start their opening with a
secluded and deserted area such as Saw.
Ìn or production, we decided to start our
opening in a deserted (or what the audience
believes) to be a secluded location; this is a
typical code and convention within the
Thriller genre. The location/setting used,
also suggests that the production is a
Thriller as it has an eerie scary feeling
about it as nobody else is there, and the protagonist seems to be in a dangerous situation
which suggests that the genre is a Thriller. We also used diegetic sounds, such as heavy
breathing, fast heart beating and also deep breathing, this suggests that our film is a Thriller
as many of these diegetic sounds are used within Thrillers and is a typical code ad
Camerawork and editing
Ìn our opening sequence, we decided to use many different types of shots to make our
audience intrigued and want to watch more of our production. Throughout filming we
experimented with many shots and angles to later decide what looked best, and what went
best with our film. We decided to concentrate on mostly point of view shots to show the
audience what the protagonist was seeing, so we as an audience can empathise with him.
We also used an extreme close up, to focus on the protagonists expression, an example of
this is when Carl is on the floor waking up from being unconscious, and we as an audience
empathise with him, as from his look he looks dazed and confused and he feels as if he is in
a dangerous situation. When Carl is on the floor unconscious with the antagonist standing
over him we used this with a bird eye view, so the audience feels as if they're the ones
looking down on him, and it shows that Carl in vulnerable as he is in a position of weakness
as he is below everybody else. We also focused on many long shots to clearly identify to our
audience where our setting/location was, so they got a feel of the setting and felt as if they
knew it well enough. We also used an over the shoulder shot, as this is a code and
convention of a Thriller, as the angle that it is shot from shows only the side view of the
character which creates mystery as we don't know who the person is and why he is there.
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