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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Feedback from S1-22 on final cut

we thought your film was effective. the over the shoulder shot was really effective because both of you were in the shot. we thought your camera shots were steady and edited well, although there aren't many variations in shot types. We thought that the soundtrack fitted well to add suspense but we thought there should have been music at the very beginning to set the scene.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Analysis of feedback.

From the feedback given I can gather that we need to improve our garage band music throughout the piece for it to fit the genre better. Also the credits need to be edited to fit in during the film and not just at the end as they seem rushed and are quite plain. The picture quality of the television in the piece can't be changed as that is the best we could get with the quality of camera we were given to use. Obviously if it was a proffesional film then the quality would be much better.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Feedback - agree/disagree

From the feedback, we are generally positive from the comments given. However, it is apparent that we need to improve the garage band soundtrack and perhaps change our ident tune.

feedback s1-21

We found your film very good (Y) congrats. It was very realistic as it was a homely natural location turned into horror and this makes it better because it could happen to us. at first i thought the music should start sooner bt then it all fitted into place. The use of the P.O.V. shot added to the tention as we could see what the victim couldn't although the music could have built up a lot more to heighten the action. *licks bum* The soundtrack how it began when the action did was good, as the drama was unespected.

feedback from s1-22

We thought that, narrative was good and we like your variety of shots; the over the shoulder shot of the t.v was good, and the P.O.V shot was also good.
You could improve the lighting quality, by having relevant dialogue, for example when the two characters were tied up the dialogue was to colloquial and calm.

special effects were good with the television and the flashing lights. But we could not see the TV well, and the overall quality of the filming was quite poor.
You need to add more suspenseful music, because we actually laughed when we watched it because of Alex walking into the wall. With these changes made, the film could be more specific in terms of genre.

rough cut S1-23

The music for the ident should be changed, as it does not go with the thriller criteria and clashes with the rest of the clip. The camera shots were good, as there were a lot of variation such as the over the shoulder of the two victims and the point of view shot of the antagonist.

The credits right at the end seemed quite poor and rushed, and maybe you should consider spacing them out over the course of the opening. and the sound seemed a little to cheery while the credits were on.


The first thing we noticed, was the music during the ident; this was off putting. Also, the speed of the ident during the film was too quick.

The camera angles were good during the film, we especially liked the hand held one when the antagonist was hiding in the house after the black out.

The mise-en scene was very appropriate to the criteria, the black attire was a prime example for the antagonist; this gives an impression of mysterious identity.

After they had been tied up, we feel there should've been a fade between the antagonist beating him up

Feedback from S1 19

we enjoyed the use of the hand held shots which made the film seem chaotic and also enjoyed the use of seeing the film from someone else's perspective as this built both suspense ad tension. In addition to this, the music fitted really well with the film and added to the tension. It was very clear which characters were the protagonists and which were the antagonist and your film conformed with conventions as we saw the protagonists in peril. The setting was a good feature to the film as it obviously made it more realistic.
Although we enjoyed the torture scene, unfortunately we felt that it went on too long and became tedious. To improve this you could have included a more varied range of shot types.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Rough Cut

We have uploaded our rough cut to youtube

Monday, 1 March 2010

Evaluation Questions

These are the questions that need to be answered when we have finished our products and need to evaluate.

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
4. Who would be the audience for your media product?
5. How did you attract/address your audience?
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
7. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
  1. What kind of narrative do you expect to see in the thriller?
    one which is easy to follow, and makes sense about danger and stuff

  2. How do you expect the music to work with the editing?
    i expect the sound to overlap all the cutting, to help link all shots to each other

  3. How do you expect the editing to work with the thriller theme?
    i expect he editing to play a part in the thriller; for it to help confuse or disorientate the audience

  4. How would you expect the protagonist to be portrayed?
    i would expect the protagonist to play the part which victors over the enemies, and help the thriller be exciting

  5. How do you think atmosphere would be created?
    via the filming, and sound. these all need to make sense for the film.

  6. How do you expect mise-en-scene to relate to the thriller theme?
    i would like to see the mise-en-scene give a really strong feel to the theme.
  1. What kind of narrative do you expect to see in the thriller?
    Frightening and dark

  2. How do you expect the music to work with the editing?
    Slow tempo at the beginning with it building up as the action becomes more intense

  3. How do you expect the editing to work with the thriller theme?
    Jump cuts and a variety of angles to make the audience more interested

  4. How would you expect the protagonist to be portrayed?
    To be seen immediately as the good guy, be able to tell the difference between the protagonist and antagonist

  5. How do you think atmosphere would be created?
    Dark setting maybe in an isolated location where there's no help for the Protagonist

  6. How do you expect mise-en-scene to relate to the thriller theme?
    Fake blood would be a good effect to use also out of the ordinary things to make the film more interesting

Questionaire answers.

  1. What kind of narrative do you expect to see in the thriller?
    I would expect to see arguing and fighting.

  2. How do you expect the music to work with the editing?
    faster pace to create tension in the scenes.

  3. How do you expect the editing to work with the thriller theme?
    fast cut editing to make the scene more intense.

  4. How would you expect the protagonist to be portrayed?
    friendly, maybe a family person.

  5. How do you think atmosphere would be created?
    the atmosphere would be created with fast beat music, fast cut editing and atmospheric lighting.

  6. How do you expect mise-en-scene to relate to the thriller theme?
    the thriller theme would be related to the mise en scene with different camera angles moving around the action and lighting to create shadows to build tension also props to make it more realistic.

Questionnaire - What our target audience expect from a thriller

  1. What kind of narrative do you expect to see in the thriller?

  2. How do you expect the music to work with the editing?

  3. How do you expect the editing to work with the thriller theme?

  4. How would you expect the protagonist to be portrayed?

  5. How do you think atmosphere would be created?

  6. How do you expect mise-en-scene to relate to the thriller theme?

Target Audience

Our target audience for our thriller will be ranging from 15+, and shall be aimed at males yet some females. This is mainly due to the fact that males tend to watch thrillers a lot more than females and that the age range is appropriate as many teenagers' interests are gory scenes and psychological effects on victims.

The 15 rating is used for films being shown in cinemas as a guideline to the age restriction. The 15 rating has many different guidelines; we are highlighting just a few of them that are relevant to our thriller, for example; imitable behaviour which is behaviour that can be copied, so in our thriller the behaviour that could be copied would be to do with beating up the characters and using weapons, this also links into another guideline that is violence which, in a 15, shouldn't show the victims as being in horrific pain for a long period of time, for example SAW which is an 18.

Friday, 26 February 2010

During the trailer, there is diegetic sound being used throughout enhance the audience's relationship with the actors. This ultimately makes the audience immediately want to go and see the film, but the music is constantly playing throughout the trailer.

The music also represents the era that the film is set in, during the second world war. As the camera cuts between the clips, so does the music and it shows the audience how the trailer is becoming increasingly intense.

Quantum of Solace trailer analysis

The music whilst James Bond is walking around is quite and sinister to create suspension and to represent the thriller theme. When he is in combat and there are action scenes, the music gets a lot more dramatic and picks up a higher beat which represents the action side of the thriller. Furthermore, as there are jumpcuts in the trailer, the music follows the same pattern with jumping between different beats. The music is synchronised with the edits for example, when James Bond kicks an enemy, the music gets a lot louder and intense to fit in with the fight.

In addition, the trailer uses diegetic sounds when the characters are speaking and also when James Bond is on the motorbike, this adds an effect to the audience to entice them to watch the film as it contains action such as chases and stunts using a motorbike.

analysis of thriller posters.

We can see from this poster that it is representing a thriller film by the font, colour, mise-en-scene and the actors used.
Firstly the fact that it is Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) film we know it is a thriller because the James Bond theme is action thriller, the poster also shows this through the mise-en-scene e.g the guns.
The antagonist and protagonist are clearly shown in the poster, the protagonists (Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry) are show as bigger and in control as they have weapons this shows they are the prdominent force in the film. The antagonists are shown as little pictures almost like mugshots that criminals have after being convicted, they are also behind ice representing that they are cold caracters that show they are the antagonists whereas the protaganists are breaking through the ice.
The font colour is red representing danger, which is part of a convention of a thriller film it also could represent passion and love which is also always a part of a James Bond film.

Blog of the Week

Blog of the Week for this week was awarded to Group P1-04
We think that they got awarded blog of the week because they met all the criteria that was needed of them and they had relevant pictures and details that provide the reader with extra detail and information.

From this blog, we can learn that we should be on task and a lot more committed to the blog, for example we could post from home and communicate with one another on a daily basis regarding the blog.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

GarageBand Soundtrack

Today, we have used GarageBand to start a trial soundtrack, we used many different instruments such as; an Electronic Drum Beat, Techno beats, a Dance Floor Pattern and a Chordal Synth Pattern. This will relate to our film as it gets across to the audience as quite tense and dramatic.

Monday, 22 February 2010

evaluation feedback post

We disagree with a few comments made about the camera shots being tricky as we have practiced the camera shots and seem very comfortable using our chosen shots. Our structure is very clear and the timing is clearly shown which you can see will hopefully be in time with the action.
We will take on board a comment about conventions, we haven't included many camera shots in our finalised idea but we are planning on using many of them such as, a reaction shot being used to show the characters facial expression etc.
Overall, we need to expand on our camera shots and add more detail about the whole opening sequence. But our group believes we can make all the camera shots etc work in order to create a good final piece.

Feedback from s1-21

This ten second breakdown is simple and easy to read, although this is good and described well, they need to explore their ideas more. They have good inspiration and the storyline is well represented. Overall they need to include locations more and possibley have screen grabs of the were abouts.


Feedback from S1-23

There is not a lot of detail. There needs to be an addition of an ident at the beginning and a mention to sound would be a good idea. There was a good structure of how the shots were going to be timed.

Describe how some of the shots will go with the conventions of the film, it will help you know how to do the scenes when you film.

feedback s1-24

the blog post was well described with a lot of details about each ten seconds intervals.
would be better if more of the mise-en-scene would be included for example what the characters are wearing.
the typical conventions are used by using the dark lighting and the tense music to build the suspense. the credits sound like they will fit in with the thriller conventions, however it sounds like it would be tricky to shoot. more details would be useful on the credits like when they will be shown during the clip.

S1 19 Feedback

We at S1 19 feel that your finalized ideas were very clear and well constructed which should hopefully lead to a good thriller opening.

However to ensure your Opening Thriller is as good as it can be try and add more detail to some of your 10 second sections this will make your work higher quality.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Chloe and George's top tips for filming :)

  1. Always keep focused and on task.

  2. Make sure you can hear all speech and that your actors speak clearly.

  3. Watch back your footage to make sure you have everything you need.

  4. Film scenes more than once to increase your chances of getting a clean shot.

  5. Treat equipment with respect and care.

  6. Take care when filming in dangerous places.

  7. Make sure you have permission to film in your chosen location.

Call Sheet

We are going to film our piece over the course of one day, on Monday the 1st of March.
Chloe will be collecting and returning the camera and tripod.
We will be filming at Julian's house near the centre of Cambridge. We may film some parts at Alex's, if we can't find a suitable location for our dark room scenes at Julian's. We chose to film at Julians as he has a large house with enough space to film. We intend to get there by bus and on foot. We will be filming at a private location, but we may need to film at some public locations if we cant get the correct shots at julian's.
We will be filming during the day. For our scene in the room with the television we will use diagetic lighting, like table lamps and the light off the tv. Whereas in the scene in the dark room we will be using non diagetic lighting, to light up the room enough for the film to be clear.
George, Julian, Alex and Dave will be acting
George will be playing the role of a kidnapper, as will Julian.
Alex and Dave will play the couple being abducted.
Chloe has written a script, and the actors will need to learn it before the filming process.
Chloe will be directing and filming the piece, with help from actors not in the scenes at the time.
All of the props we need are available at Julian's. Each of our actors are providing their own outfits.
Weather should not affect our filming as we will be based indoors.
We are planning on filming all of the shots on one day, but if we need to we can film another day to finish off.
We need to record the speech from each character and create a soundtrack in garage band, and some non-diagetic sound effects for certain scenes.

Test Footage

Here is our test footage that we created. We used a handheld shot at the beginning with the trolley, to make it look more realistic to what it would be like if someone was really in the trolley. This will help us with our own thriller as we will be using handheld shots during our fight and abduction scenes.
The slow motion we used when Julian and George are at the vending machine will help us as we will be using it after a fight scene as a character falls to the ground in slow motion after being beaten up.
The shot of George walking back from the vending machine, is shot from a low angle to show dominance and power. This is how we would like our shots of the kidnappers to be shown as they are more powerful than the couple being abducted.
We have a close up of George to show his facial expression, we would like to achieve this in our final piece with the couple being abducted to show the fear and anxiety on there faces. Also, we will use close up's to show the kidnappers eyes, which will keep the audience unaware of what the abductors look like, but still show their expressions.
The shot of Julian throwing a sweet, uses fast motion. We will be using a lot of this during our fight scenes, to keep the action quick and sharp.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Finalised Idea

0-10 seconds - Firstly there is a medium shot of the man putting a blu-ray DVD in the PlayStation 3. On the blu-ray DVD there will be some sort of scary film such as 'The Ring' which will be playing in the living room of Julian's house. In the room there will be two people and there shall be ambient lighting that fits the scene of the movie.

10-20 seconds - There is a medium shot of the two people watching 'The Ring' on the PlayStation 3 in the living room with ambient lighting.

20-30 seconds - The lights then flicker and the television goes fuzzy. The people get up to see whats wrong with the television, they take the plug out but the television is still on in the living room.

30-40 seconds - The people then light a candle to create some light in the living room, there is a bit of panic and the woman gets scared.

40-50 seconds - During the blackout, people break into the house, and attempt to kidnap the people in the living room.

50-60 seconds - There is a struggle in the living room with the candle light as the only source of light. There is also music used to create tension that will be non-diegetic and created in GarageBand.

60-70 seconds - The kidnappers manage to take the people, and there is then a black screen.

70-80 seconds - After the kidnapping, there is a fuzzy handheld camera view looking round the room as the person wakes up. The person wakes up in a dark room. There is a speaker in the corner of room, and the people that were watching the DVD are tied up on chairs in the room.

80-90 seconds - The kidnapper comes into the dark room and talks to the tied up people.

90-100 seconds - The kidnapper then hits one of the people tied up on the chairs and beats him up in the dark room.

100-110 seconds - The people in the dark room manage to untie one another's ropes and the person that got hit falls down on the floor.

110-120 seconds - The person on the floor is bleeding and credits are written in blood.

'Panic Room' analysing credits

The opening credits of 'Panic Room' fit in with the background and scenery of New York City as the titles fit in with the building structures and their colour scheme. Also, the titles reflect off the different buildings and their windows to give it a realistic effect as if the writing is there in real life.

The non-diegetic music creates an atmosphere of tension that insets the feeling that something big is about to happen, which is replicated by the title 'Panic Room'. Furthermore, there is diegetic music which is in the form of traffic and the noises coming from the vehicles. Also, there is a constant ticking noise that suggests panic and that there is a lack of time remaining.

Friday, 5 February 2010

'Six Feet Under' analysing credits

The opening credits are effective as they blend in with the background and the non-diegetic music. The credits create a mysterious atmosphere as the music is very soothing but comes across as very mysterious at times which almost gives the audience an indication of the genre and style of the drama thriller.

Our credits will be in the form of blood and appearing in the surroundings such as in the blood when somebody gets punched and in the rope being used to tie someone up. Our credits may be able to be as creative as this only if we can find the time to produce them on photoshop and other programs, although we wouldn't have as many special effects and the experience of them.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Why "Thrillers" Thrive

The reason why 'thrillers' thrive is down to the way in which the story is portrayed on the screen, whether it be in the comfort of your own home or at the cinema, the thriller shall always draw the audience into the thriller as if they themselves were in the film, "Watching a well-made film, we don't sit by as spectators; we participate."

During a 'thriller' film, there is always a sense of reality that the audience would want to be a part of, for example, their "same life but with a difference." The 'thriller' can capture the emotions of the audience by using different shot types such as emotional shots, action shots and revealing shots e.g. "We see hi face - grim, tense, even horror-stricken - as his plane swoops down. Then we are transferred to the pilot's seat, and it is we who are hurtling to death at ninety miles an hour; and at the moment of impact - and blackout - a palpable shuddering runs through the audience."

The main competitor to the 'thrillers', is the 'horrors'. However, the 'horror' films are now coming to a abrupt end as the audiences can't imagine themselves living in a 'horror' film. The main reason why 'thrillers' thrive over 'horrors' is that they are a lot more exciting and fulfilling for the audience, for example "The cinema can leave the spectator with a subconscious assurance of absolute safety, and yet surprise his imagination into playing tricks on him." Furthermore, the 'thrillers' attract the audience in a way to absorb them into the film and try to get them to perceive the storyline from the perspective of the characters involved.

Overall, 'thrillers' will live on as the producers can keep on creating exciting, intense storylines with protagonists and antagonists always going against each other in different types of stories each and every film. 'Horrors' shall not carry on much longer as producers can't think of any ideas that have already been done in previous films, therefore 'thrillers' are the way forward as they shall "live and thrive".

Monday, 1 February 2010

Storyboards + Shot lists


these show what we have planned to happen in our thriller, we have put what will happen and drawn a still to give an idea of what will be in the scene.

Shot Lists
the shot lists show what type of shot we are going to use along with what will be in the frame, this relates to the shot number we have put on each scene of the story board.

Friday, 29 January 2010

analysing saw opening title sequence

In this title sequence it reflects what is going to happen in the film by giving hints about things to come, for example the fuzzy television, which is a big part of the film as it begins the start of many tortures over and over again. Also, there a brief images of the torture equipment which also relates to the rest of the film and gives the audience a clear indication of what will happen during the outcome of the film. The music is very slow but tense which along with the flashing random images creates tension, reflecting the theme of thriller. During the opening, there is a 'caution' sign also reflecting the outcome of the film as it gives hints to the audience about what may happen and to be on the edge of there seat because they never know when something bad will happen. The writing in the foreground flashes to emphasize tension and creepy atmosphere to the audience, the font is in a sort of scratched style which also emphasizes the thriller theme.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Props - in our opening sequence we are going to need a few things such as; sofa, television, belts, chair and torturing equipment.

Here is an example of someone being tied up and tortured which has been successful in the film saw, this is kind of what we want to end up achieving in our thriller opening.

Costume -

Casual clothing is going to be for the innocent victims of the attack as they are just watching a film at home, and black clothing + a balaclava for the two kidnappers.

Make up - ketchup or fake blood is going to be used in our scene as an example of blood and bits of dirt and dust etc around the set to make it more realistic

Lighting - At the beginning, it is going to be normal house lighting (few lights on) then suddenly they all go out and they flash into pitch black, then candles will be enough illuminate the room this is when the kidnappers take them. In the torture room it will a dark cold lighting atmosphere to make it more realistic and represent the theme.

Sets - It will be set in a house for the start of the scene (lounge) so the audience can relate to it and then further on when the kidnappers take the couple we exchange into a dark shed to give it a more isolated feeling.

This image we have chosen represent what we want to achieve in the kidnapping there is normal activity in the living room then the kidnappers come in and take them.

Colour - we will use black clothing for the kidnappers to represent the antagonist and evilness. therefore, casual bright colours used for the innocent victims to represent them as protagonist.

Protagonist/Antagonist in Batman

During Batman there is a good example of each, an antagonist and a protagonist. The protagonist during The Dark Knight would be Batman who is trying to stop the evil Joker (Antagonist) from performing his evil deeds.

This shows how the Antagonist is provoking the good guys (police) to get annoyed and to react in a harsh way.

This trailer briefly outlines how the Batman is trying to prevent the plans of the Joker by trying to get one step ahead of him or just to hunt him down and stop him once and for all.

The Joker

This character is relevant to the antagonist in our film as they both dress up and are quite frightening yet witty in their approach to terrorising their victims. Furthermore, they both enjoy mentally-affecting their victims which will give them an edge and make the audience acknowledge that they are the antagonists. This antagonist is trying to provoke the Batman by attacking mass amounts of people whereas ours will be just focusing on a few victims that will be mainly attached to the protagonist.


This character is the protagonist who tries to prevent the bad occurrences during the film. This will be the same during our film as the antagonist is provoking the protagonist by torturing his close friends, so this will force the protagonist to react and to perhaps make a wrong mistake which will lead to the antagonist gaining superiority over the protagonist.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Pitch Ideas Feedback

We were only asked two questions; "Where will we be filming our opening scene?" and "What costumes will we be using?"

In answer to the first question, we shall be filming round Julian's house as he has the right setting for what we need to be able to produce this opening scene effectively.

The second question is quite straightforward as we shall be using home clothes for the victims and for the torturers we shall be using dark clothes and clothing that symbolises burglary and antagonists.

Pitch Ideas

Our Pitch Ideas


Crime Thriller: This particular genre is a hybrid type of both crime films and thrillers that offers a suspenseful account of a successful or failed crime or crimes. These films often focus on the criminal(s) rather than a policeman. Crime thrillers usually emphasize action over psychological aspects. Central topics of these films include murders, robberies, chases, shootouts, and double-crosses are central ingredients.

Psychological Thriller: In which (until the often violent resolution) the conflict between the main characters is mental and emotional, rather than physical.

Our idea is based around a psychological thriller where the characters are watching a video on the TV, but then the TV goes all fuzzy and one character has a look to see what the problem is but then people break in, there's a struggle then a black screen which then fades into a shot of the characters who were watching the TV are tied up and being tortured psychologically.

During the section where the characters are tied up, the people who are torturing shall be doing a voice-over to affect the tied-up people mentally.

We were thinking that the best location would be to film in one of our houses then to film the scene where the characters are being tied up in a dark room or shed, this would add to the psychological genre as the characters who are being tied up wouldn't communicate with the torturers face-to-face.

We will mainly be using people from our group to have as the characters, but may have involvement from our friends. We will need 3 characters to film.

Furthermore, during this opening sequence we shall include opening credits, title, introduction to the main characters, music, variety of shots, establishing the location and finding out who the antagonist is and the protagonist is.

Our film would be based around the film 'SAW' where there is a lot of psychological effects such as torturing the characters, we will be using voice-overs to create this type of thriller and to instill fear into the characters minds.

We made a mood board to help with our ideas.

This is the sort of setting we would like our torture room to be like.

This is the effect we will use on the t.v when the lights go out and film goes off.
To help with the sudden effect of the tv going fuzzy, we will use diagetic sound from the tv to create a more scary atmousphere.

This is an example of a person tied up on a chair, however our person will be tied up in a more tense environment.

Friday, 22 January 2010

You & Eye Production Ident

This is our ident which has been compiled from a picture off google images, then cut out the eye and made it brighter also darkened the hand and made a greater contrast between the hand and eye. we made up a title and added it using the font northwood high.

Analysing ident for other companies

The opening ident starts off with the audience identifying the producers in the film with there opening ident that is shown in every film that they produce. This represents the type of genre that the film is showing, for example the music is very old fashioned but up beat, this type of music reflects the upcoming movie as to be old but music like as it is taken from the musical 'grease'. Also, the stars that go round the mountain represent the originality and uniqueness of the ident to further help the audience recognise the type of genre that the film is going to be.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Trial on GarageBand

Today we have been practising creating tracks on GarageBand.

The task that we had to do today was to create a track that would match the images that were shown from a clip from 'Identity'. This film fits the genre 'thriller', which helped us along the way to find dramatic and tense music clips that would fit the film sequence. Non-Diegetic is mainly being used during this piece of music as there is no sound coming from the film.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Analysing Other Student's Work

This thriller opening shows the audience the location and consequences of what is occurring at the start. The opening is set between two different places which are completely opposite, one is at a party and the other is set in the woods. The editing cuts between these two locations to show the aftermath of the party, furthermore during the party there is a focus on the feet to show the viewers that there is similarities and to acknowledge that the person in the woods is the same person who is attending the party. Throughout the opening sequence, there are many different shot types being used for example, during the wood clips there are high angle shots on the woman laying on the floor to show that she is not dominant and afraid. There is also use of medium shots during the party to show the viewer the location, which are also used during the woodland clips to show the change in location. The music is non-diegetic but the viewer can tell that during the party clips there is going to be that type of music playing. There are different editing techniques used to show the credits to the audience, for example there is a black screen to set the credits apart from the film yet the viewer still feels in touch with the opening as the music continues to play during the credits. At the end of the clip, the title "Daiquiri" appears, with different editing effects, for example it is put on its own black screen to make it stand out from everything else and the title also fades in and out to draw attention to the audience, furthermore the title is in time with the music to give it a more prominent appearance.

Analysis of The Return

By the opening scene of this thriller, you can see that they have used a variety of shots and camera techniques including long, medium and close up shots. The first few seconds of the scene show all of these. The camera is used effectively and held steadily throughout the clip. The location for the opening is appropriate for a thriller theme, the forest setting creates a more isolated location, making a more tense atmosphere. The interior setting of the candle being blown out, uses editing to make it look more flickery. The whole scene uses this flickering effect which captures the attention of the audience as they need to focus more to see it.
The music is also appropriate to the thriller theme as it creates effect as well as the images.
The titles used work effectively with the background music and flicking camera edit. They make the film relate more to the thriller theme. They have used appropriate mise-en-scene for the thriller theme. We think that out of 60 the mark for the piece would be around 45 to 50.

marking criteria

Level 4 - top grade 48/60

demonstrate excellence in recording voices clearly
- in studio/interior sets
- on location

holding a shot steady
framing a shot
using a variety of shot distances
shooting material appropriate to task set

Editing, so meaning is apparent to that viewer
using varied shot transitions + effects
using sound with images
using titles appropriately.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Analysis of James Bond - Die Another Day (Action Thriller)

James bond, Die Another Day is an action thriller. Within the first few seconds of the opening scene you can see the main character, James with his colleagues. The theme of action is immediately displayed by the extreme surfing they are doing. They use this to get into the enemy grounds, unseen.

The obvious antagonists are the officers at the base, who are collecting the diamonds.

There is a race against the clock scenario when James is found out to be an intruder, and has to save himself . Lots of special effects and graphic detail are used to show all the shooting and blowing up of helicopters and hovercrafts.

Crime analysis of rocknrolla

film features robberies, murders, shootouts.
it is set in large crowded cities to offer an insight in to the world that the criminals live in, you can see the rise and fall of the criminals. the music also sets the atmosphere as it is in time with all the action to get the viewer to feel the tension etc.
also, the location is mostly set at night, seeing as most of the action is secret work which relates to the darkness as it is secretive.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The Interpreter (Political Thriller)

Conventions of a political thriller

  • Threat is set against a back drop of a political power struggle

  • Plots are designed to give political power to someone

  • Different characters are setup to try prevent some people recieving power

Fight Club - Psychological Thriller theme analysis

Psychological conventions;
danger on a mental level rather than just physical.
2 or more characters preying on one anothers minds or one solitary character with mental struggles.
Characters will have fear or fascination with death.
Characters try and discover own purpose.
Narrative confusion over what is real and what is not.

During Fight Club, many of these conventions are represented, for example there are two characters who prey on each others minds and are always trying to out-do one another, also there is a mental illness with one of the main characters as the audience finds out at the end that it was just his mind playing tricks on him. Furthermore, both characters have a fascination with death as they continuously fight each night. The film also does well to fool the audience with a confusing storyline which only becomes apparent at the end of the film when the real truth comes out. The main character is lonely and suffers from insomnia, so his mind begins to play tricks with him and he starts up fight club showing a psychological effect on him.

se7en opening analysis

In this opening clip there is a lot of non diagetic sound throughout, firstly, the city life outside like cars etc. also, diagetic sound such as the conversations during it. At the end of the clip there is a clear indication as too what morgan freeman and brad pitt are representing (police force, detectives) this is because of the sirens and the talk of going back to the precinct. There are many different camera angles; low angle shots on morgan freeman and brad pitt to show they are the dominant figures in the film, also, medium shots down the corridor during conversation with another detective. We also see a lot of close ups during the credits to indicate the killers actions, witha high angle shot on the dead person to show that he/she wasn't dominant.

There are many different editing techniques used during the opening sequence of se7en. The first one used is an over the shoulder shot in the mirror of Morgan Freeman to show the audience how he is being portrayed in a strong-mannered way. As the opening sequence progresses, during the conversation sequence there is a shot reverse shot section between Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, which resembles them as the dominant characters. Furthermore, there are jump cuts into different rooms to show how the main characters continue with their lives in se7en. During the credits, there is a montage of clips and pictures that gives the audience an insight into what type of genre this film is. There is a range of costumes being used by the main characters, Morgan Freeman is wearing a suit which establishes him as the dominant figure whereas Brad Pitt is wearing a less casual suit without a jacket to show his less dominant, casual approach to his work. Finally, Morgan Freeman wears glasses which would resemble to the audience that he is intelligent and clever.

Monday, 11 January 2010

classic thriller analysis

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At the beginning of the film, there are opening credits which establish the theme of the film, in this case, thriller. There is intense music during the credits which creates suspense and intensity.

Furthermore, there is a close up of an eye which highlights the thriller theme this is backed up by a red tint that represents danger and fear.
After the credits have finished it goes straight into the action, as a man is being chased on the roof tops. the tension and suspense is increased by the gunshots and also the police officer slipping down off the roof.

The police officer hanging from the roof looks down and is scared, this reflects the name as the name vertigo which means being scared of heights.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Analyse how each micro element creates meaning : spiderman 2

The sounds reflect the thriller theme in this clip for example peter parker sees the fire there is diagetic sounds from the fire and falling building we know this because in the clip we can see where it is coming from, also, there is lots of panic from people around the area which also diagetic, this creates alot of suspense in the clip due to lots of screaming and the fire burning. when peter parker goes into the building to save the child we can hear non-diagetic screaming coming from the child but do not know where it is coming from this creates tension as you do not know whether he will find the child in time.

also, in this photo there is tension and suspese created as there is non-diagetic music in the background and thunder, also, his facial expression after the lightening is shown with a close up of his face so we get an understanding of the atmosphere he is feeling.

in this photo there is a low angle shot of the special powered man who takes control over the normal man and it shows domination through an over the shoulder shot so we get the initial view of his sight so it shows the audience the special mans powered dominance.

here violence is shown through the special powered character to see his 'special powers' reflecting the theme 'thriller' also in this shot he is threatening and over powering the other man in this situation to show domination also we see a flash off lightning when he is talking to create more atmosphere and effect.

a reaction shot is shown here in face of peter parker (spiderman) and another random man, this is showing fear of the characters an creating anxiety amongst the audience as we get the impression he is scared and weak.

a bit of comedy/humour is shown in this scene to cut tension during the clip to make it more accessible to a younger audience in this case.

Analysing the micro elements in Batman: The Dark Knight


The non-diegetic sound at the beginning of the clip creates suspense for the viewer. It is then mixed with diegetic sound when the window is smashed, to show the impact. The non-diegetic music is used throughout the duration of the bank robbery to create a more intense opening. Sound effects such as gun shots and screeching wheers els add to the scene to introduce the main theme in the film, good vs. evil.

The characters use short and intimidating speech to cause an uncomfortable atmosphere for the audience. The criminals only talk to one another just before they are about to kill each other, highlighting the 'thriller' theme to show to the audience that the film is already setting up the theme.

Camera Angles

This camera angle, an establishing shot, shows the audience where the film is being situated, in a city. As the clip progresses, the scene moves to inside a bank, where the camera angles differ and focus mainly on the characters instead of the surroundings.

This is a close up of one of the criminals trying to open the vault, it shows the viewer exactly how the robber is opening the door.

There is another close up that shows the audience the good person in the scene, one of the workers in the bank attempts to stop the criminals.


Throughout the clip, there are many different props and settings that make up the scene. For example, each of the criminals has a 'Joker' mask to show that throughout the film there will be one main enemy for Batman and the audience can establish that the Joker sets out his attacks in a very coordinated fashion.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Preliminary Task

This is our second preliminary task, which we found a lot easier to do compared to our first Preliminary Task. This was mainly due to the fact that we were used to the setup, how to edit the video in Final Cut Express, and the shots that we needed to perform. Due to this, we completed the task in a lot quicker period than the last Preliminary task which gave us more time to edit it in Final Cut Express.
This has also given us more experience and has readied us for our Thriller task which is coming up, the way in which the camera works has become a lot more familiar to us and how to perform different shots which we can use to effect in our Thriller piece.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Storyboard for Preliminary Task

Our storyboard shows each individual shot and how we will use them.
Actor - Julian
Actor - George
Camerawoman - Chloe
Actor - Alex

We will be shooting the task around college.

Preliminary task

We have found examples of each type of shot that is being used in the preliminary task.
Firstly, there is an establishing shot:
This shows the audience where the film is located and what type of technology is being used.

There are many close-ups, and reaction shots in this next clip:

These close ups emphasize the actors facial expressions and the action of how they use the props. There are also many reaction shots in this clip to show how the action and other characters influence the body language of the characters in the shot.

Match on action shot:

This clip shows match on action shots from many different views, for example when sherlock holmes kicks the other fighter there are many different camera angles in use.

A long shot being used in Sherlock Holmes gives the audience an insight of the characters situation and surroundings.

Filming a conversation shot:

This clip shows how a 180 degree rule is used to hide the camera from the audience but shows each character at the same time.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009