- A thriller’s aim is too excite, entice and shock the audience. Many thriller films are associated with other genres e.g. Psychological Thrillers
- Key codes and convention
Props – Key props to films can vary due to the different styles of the film due to the associated genre. The props change because the films genre may have different props from that of a thriller film with a sub-genre. Eg A psychological thriller will have props like clocks and watches, while an action thriller may include props like guns and other weapons. The props in a thriller can largely display the type of thriller that the directors wants to portray. An example of this could be the black suits in spy thrillers or the weapons and gadgets in an action thriller. Furthermore , the props in the film can give clear themes to the films story as a reference, the guns and knives showing violence in a story.
Characters – The characters in thriller films can be sinister and yet not be the antagonist in the films plot. This is because the films characters can play any role in the films story, it is this ambiguity of character that makes the film a thriller and allows the story to maintain suspense throughout. Depending on the the of sub genre associated with the triller e.g. Action/Thriller or Psychological/Thriller, the chapters can vary massively in the film. However for each genre the characters in these films can be very clichéd. For example in Action Thrillers the main characters is usually a ‘loose canon’ type of character which causes the film to be more interesting and exciting.
Setting – The settings for thriller films can vary depending on the films budget, a high budget film will be set across several countries as part of a thrilling chase. Also a small budget film may use a single house or small town to present the scene. Some unique films are set in the protagonists mind as part of the shock. eg Fight Club is set inside and from the mind of the unnamed character. However some high budget thriller films will have their film set in different locations abroad. For example, the James Bond Films ; Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) had a budgets of >$200 million and had settings in China, Turkey, Austria, Mexico, Morocco, Japan and England over the two films. This contraries to a similar, smaller budget film like The Bourne Identity with a budget of $60 million had shooting locations in France and Germany respectively. However a different type of thriller, e.g. a psychological thriller could have a setting of a small scale like shutter island where the main character is stuck in a mental institution which is revealed he is a patient in the hospital.
Camera Techniques – Camera techniques used in thriller films can vary from intense close ups to show the emotions of the character eg terror or horror when facing a scene or long shots and medium shots are used to set the scene of the thriller and to establish where the character will presumably face their fate. Also tracking and unbroken shots are used to show the flowing of the scene and to build up tension. Famous and cliché shots including Dolly Zoom. This shot is used to intensify the emotions and reduce the background on the character. This shot was made famous in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Vertigo. Films like Jaws have also used this iconic shot too.
Editing Techniques – Many films have different techniques in their edit however thriller films are distinctive in their edits. Jump cut and quick edits are frequently used to set the pace of the scene, make the audience scared and/or jump out of their seat. Jump cuts are paired with loud burst of noise to frighten the watching audience.
3. – Successful Thriller post 2011.
Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan – 2012
Shutter Island – Martin Scorsese – 2011
Gone Girl – David Fincher – 2014
Jason Bourne – Paul Greengrass – 2016
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy – 2014
Argo – Ben Affleck – 2013
The Town – Ben Affleck – 2011
Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron – 2013
Matt Damon, The Bourne Franchise – 2006 . Usually stars in action thriller most notably the Bourne films and Green Zone.
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips – 2013, Bridge of Spies – 2015.
His character is usually an old character that has to deal with volatile situations like Captain Phillips and Sully
Ben Affleck – Gone Girl – 2014, Argo – 2013, The Town 2011.
The roles he plays in his films are usually daring eg The Town and The Accountant, while battling the emotional and confrontational prospect. While directing some of his own feature films like Argo which won best picture at the 2013 Oscars
David Fincher – Gone Girl, Zodiac, Se7en. His films are usually very well played out on screen due to the frequent collaborations with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in films like The Social Network. The scripts he writes are very intriguing and require close attention to understand the full meaning behind the script in films like Fight Club, the twist is foreshadowed throughout. His films have a green layer over the film and sometimes will put the film with less saturation to emphasise the loneliness and emptiness of a character.
Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight, Memento, The Prestige. His films are very real and challenge the ideas of everyday films, in some of his works like The Dark Knight, the story challenges the conventional superhero film and introduces the heavy moral role of being a hero and the corruptness of everyday politics. His films have a blockbuster scale that dwarfs the conventional thriller scale eg Interstellar. However the real message is embedded in the small scale of human behavior and interaction. In the Dark Knight this is shown best when the Joker exploits how corrupt and unstable our society is today. M. Night Shymalan – The Visit, The Sixth Sense. This director has made many poor films and also some great ones, his best pieces however have been thrillers with huge twists at the end that shock the audience that have been watching throughout and has been unbeknownst to them. In the sixth sense the scripts and screenplay had been masking the dramatic twist at the end, this makes the audience feel like they have been tricked by the filmmakers and actors by failing to anticipate the final dramatic moments of the film. Many of his films have a dramatic twist that stun the audience however the bigger the twist the bigger the risk of spoiling the film.
Arguably, the most iconic director of thriller films is Alfred Hitchcock with Vertigo and Dial M for Murder. Both films were the first of its kind in the 1950s this set the standard for the current thriller we have today. His films are the backbones of modern thrillers and horrors. Films like Psycho created and set the standard for horror films, the addition of music at jump cuts caused the audiences to jump and thus causing the rest of the film to be suspicious and intriguing
I believe that Thrillers appeal to audiences due to the excitement they evoke from movie watchers, and that as people we are generally draw to things that make us feel on-edge and scared in a positive way, furthermore, the feeling of anticipation and curiosity of the outcomes of the characters also causes us to become very involved in the film. This causes the audience to constantly go and watch film thrillers, the best thrillers are the ones that can dictate and manipulate the audiences emotions. The Sixth Sense dir. M.Night Shymalan revealed a huge plot twist at the films climax, we were then shown previous\ footage showing that the twist was obvious all along, making the audience feel like they’ve have been shown up for their lack of observation.
The opening of the film uses the sounds of swords clashing and gongs throughout the opening credits, this links of the ancient Japanese samurais and the loneliness and humiliation they had to endure. The credits are shown with a white font to potentially show that the characters are positive and that they are the protagonists in the film. However, the font is reminiscent of if someone was painting it, still referring to the ancient theme we are being presented with. The titles sit in front on a black background to infer that t he characters have a dark past and dark nature to each other, or to symbolise the deaths that often occurred. The change in colour from black to red may symbolise the blood, however alternatively the red could symbolise pain and evil.
The opening establishing shot is located in Paris from a high angle shot of a church, the connotations of a church is that of peace and reason, however this contrasts the violent and dark connotations of the previous opening sequence. The church is lit with lights, which opposes the darkness and eeriness of the Paris backstreets in which it is situated next to. The use of the high angle shot of the church may show that we as an audience see peace and reason and inferior to us, much like the Ronin. Then we see the first character who is seen as small and insignificant to the audience due to the high angle shot. This makes us as the audience feel more powerful than him.
Then the motivated cut cuts to a mid-shot at eye level of De Niro’s character, the use of the eye level shot implies now that we are on the same level as him in society, again contrasting from the first shot where he is shown as insignificant, this implies that he is more powerful than we first thought. De Niros character is shown wearing a long beige coat to show how we is received due to his simplistic attire, another connotation could be that he is hiding something, this is strengthened by the fact that his hands are in his pockets for the majority of the opening scenes, his hat may infer that does not want to be seen, further emphasising that he is hiding from something or someone also backed up by the several shots of him in the shadows. A cut to an over the shoulder shot shows that we now associate ourselves with the character and that we are following him, this is contrasting of the previous shots because we saw him as inferior to us and now we are behind him. He is walking down stairs that could infer him walking down into an abyss or hell, linking the connotations of death and hell to the violent and dark references we saw earlier.
The next shot has the light behind him as his face is masked by shadows, this could show that his dark past and violent history is consuming him. The light behind him could also show the normality of life and peace that he has left behind in his past. In the next few shots De Niro’s is off centre in the frame, implying that he is not a part of society and is an outcast to society. The use of the off centre frame could infer that there is someone much more powerful than him, this is strengthened by the fact he is not necessarily our main focus in the frame. Another shot of De Niro is a close up of him with his face half cast with a shadow, further emphasising that he is not fully accepted in society. In some shots, the stairway rails are blocking our view of De Niro, showing that we cannot fully see and perhaps understand his character due to his assumed violent tendencies. Surrounding the character is graffiti on the walls and the streets, this creates a tense atmosphere because the connotations of graffiti is that of rough areas and often violence. This is the opposite to the peaceful looking church, this could hint that something that looks normal may have darkness and violence within it, much like the Ronin in ancient times. We then cut to another over the shoulder of De Niro looking down on a van pulling up. He is out of centre frame and the van is now our focus in the scene.
We then witness a women getting out of a van, the glass window of the van could infer that there is a non-physical barrier that is stopping us from interacting with her. Another over the shoulder shot of the women as we follow the women into the bar, immediately we as the audience confide with her, from this we assume the antagonist so far due to the fact that we are following her in. As we track the women as she makes her way through the bar, more characters are introduced in frame, from this we can infer that she is interactive and associative with the en around her. She is seen on the left of the frame while we see another man with a beer and cigarette, closer to us on the right of the frame. From this we can tell that the two characters from this that the characters are related in some way, however there is something between them, visually it is the people behind the bar however there may be more to this to be revealed in the story. Throughout the sequence the sound of the current settings overlaps the shots and the edit to show that the characters are connected in one way or anther.
The next scene is De Niros character coming out of the shadow, perhaps showing that he is emerging out of the darkness morally and no longer want to pursue the darkness and violence in his world now that we are introduced to the new character. From this we can gather that the women character is significant to De Niros character. This is emphasised by the jump in the pitch of the music, as De Niro steps out the pitch rises to show her significance to him. We then cut to a low angle shot of De Niro walking downside stairs, here we see him as powerful to us the audience. Further stressing his power in the scene. After this we are introduced to a new character, he is wearing a dark hat ad dark clothes, the use of the dark clothes and hat have connotations of a burglar or an antagonist in general, this opposes the lighter and brighter clothes that the wearing was wearing. The camera follows him walking into the bar with the audience behind him, this contradicts easier from his suspicious looks because we now feel that we are with him and/or following him. In frame he covers almost had the frame as he walks into the bar, showing that his carters plays a significant role in the upcoming scene. The edit then cuts to 3 separate, close/medium shots of the three characters introduced to us earlier; the women, the man with the hat and the man with the beer and cigarette. The use of the edit cuts one after the other shows that the characters may know each other. Throughout this we are still suspicious as to why these people are here and De Niros motivations. Soon we cut to a long shot of the woman from the outside of the bar looking through the window, this pov shot, shows o the audience that she is now the main focus of De Niros character. The use of the window shows again that there is a barrier between us and her.
A few shots later we see De Niro walking down some stairs, the static, long shot shows him walking down into a dark and dirty looking scene. This could perhaps show him walking into a dangerous situation or still, descending into hell or death. He is off centre frame and is far away, while the streets he is walking down into are focused and centre frame, showing that what he is about to descend upon may be the main focus for the audience and De Niros character. followed is a zoom close up off De Niro in centre frame, he is now the centre of the audiences attention, this is now focused on him and that his surrounding are irrelevant as they disappear during the zoom. The next shot is a POV shot from De Niros perspective, the camera pans from right to left as if he is scanning the scene, looking for potential hazards and threats. The use of the POV shot puts the audience in his head and allows us to see the scene from his perspective. As this happens the musics pitch is suddenly tightened, this could mean that something dark and dangerous is about to happen. Then a long, unbroken mid shot of De Niro shows him inspecting the back entrance of the bar. The use of the longwinded shot could infer that he is strategic and thoughtful of his upcoming actions.
The opening music of the film sounds like that of a large orchestra, showing the scale of the film. The opening titles and credits of the film are shown on a black background, this could show the darkness and violence in the film, or could infer the death of the characters. The first credits are shown in the top left of the frame, showing that the characters are hidden or did not want to be seen, emphasising the discretion of the characters. The music then darkens as the edit cuts to an extreme close up of a handle with a fist over it, the image of the hard fist could be a symbol of violence and aggression, much like the characters in the film. The handle moves down, this could show the violence coming down and hurting people. Then a cut to an extreme long shot of a van on a country road, the van appears in frame coming from a large cloud of smoke, the use of the scene and framing may infer that whoever is driving the van has appeared like magic, the use of this may show that the person driving wants to be hidden or discrete, further emphasising the mystery of the characters. The change in music is now heroic sounding and majestic, this means that the audience assumes the van and its presumed driver as the antagonist, furthermore the image of the van has connotations of simplicity and business, and this again strengthened the idea of discrete characters.
We then contradict shots by cutting to another extreme close up, this time of bullets being processed and consumed in grains of stone. We now have two timelines in our opening minute, this causes the audience to be intrigued into what is occurring. We then resume back to another extreme long shot of the van in a different place, we are following that van from above, mirroring that of a police helicopter chase. Due to the high angle and distance, we see the van as small and are unsure as to what is going to happen, enticing the audience. The van then drives into centre frame and then the follow cam flies over the van, then tilt shifts its focus to the city. This could show mean that a possible danger is upon us due to the large orchestra like music and the image of large high rise buildings, this is backed up by the music increasing in volume as the buildings are revealed.
The music then dies down again as we cut to an over the shoulder shot inside the van and its driver, the driver is just a silhouette showing that he has no identity or is not recognised in society, he is left of frame showing that he is not our focus and the road he is travelling is our focus in centre frame. This could show that where he is going is now the focus and what he plans to do. The use of the over the shoulder shot could show that we are in the van with him, this may cause the audience to see him as an antagonist due to us feeling like we are in the back of the van being kidnapped. After that we then cut to an extreme long shot, from directly above the van, as if we are tracking it similar to that of a police helicopter chase. After this we cut to an extreme close up shots of a man pulling what looks like rope, this action mirrors the action of bolting a rifle for example, showing that he is very methodical in his work and business. Furthermore notice as his thumbs are bruised, implying that he is a violent character, however we are yet to identify the gunsmith. After this we are then shown a POV shot from inside the van now switching roles from being a potentially kidnapped victim to now becoming the driver of the van, showing that the morals can change easily.
The name of the antagonists actor is shown as the van is passing through the dark tunnel, showing that his character will be darkened violent in the film. As the film plays the music gets louder and wider within the orchestra, this causes the film to pick up pace and build tension among the audience, causing them to be intrigued by what is happening. Later we see an extreme close up of the van driver wearing a latex glove, the connotations of this could be that of carrying out a procedure or some sort, alternatively this could show that he doesn’t want to be traced or found, showing his methodology and preparedness. We the have another POV shot from inside the back of the van, however this time we can see the facial features of the van driver, he is no longer a silhouette showing that gradually we as the audience are finding out who this man is. Putting us now in the role of the films protagonist; Tom Cruise.
We then have another extreme long shot from a helicopter, we are coming over the large baseball arena and focus on a small multi story car park. The multi story at the start of the shot is right of frame and we are focused on the building to the left of it, however as the shot continues the multi story gradually coming into centre frame, becoming our focus now, as of now we are unsure of its significance, however later in the film we are introduced to it. As the van approaches the multi story the camera follows the van, as if the audience is following the van similar again to the police chase vision, we then cut to the front of the van now as if the van is chasing us before the van departs are the van comes out of the the spiral, the shots of the van going round and round could infer the cat and mouse chase that occurs in the film and the long and tedious process of catching a killer. The cctv footage emphasises this by putting the audience in the eyes of someone watching the van pass through, showing that the van again is the antagonist while we the audience are put in the position of the chaser.
The van runs over the cone, showing that the drivers character is insensitive and shows that he does not care for the actions he causes, from this we are slightly afraid of the character due to his lack of morals and empathy. I think this type of character could be used in a thriller of my own, the character that doesn’t acknowledge his actions and is uncaring to the things around him. As he get out the van we are only shown his feet, showing that he is not fully accepted by society. As he gets out the car the music quietens and sounds more mysterious due t the audience being unsure of what he is gonna do next.
Enemy of the State.
The opening of the film starts with violins; this makes the opening music sound sorrow and sad. The sound of the violins may infer that of a funeral and mourning, while also showing that after death. An alternative view is that violins are often played at government gatherings, celebrations and general functions. Most obviously, this shows to the audience that death is upon us very soon, furthermore the violins could infer the calmness of the opening scene of the lake. This makes it that much more shocking to the audience due to the music and location contradicting his violent death. Drums are introduced into the opening score as the opening titles go on, this mimics that of people in ancient times before battles, this is significant because it shows to the audience that something bad is about to happen in the opening. As the opening shot is played the music has faded out leaving the natural sounds of the birds, wind and tress are emphasized, showing the calmness and normality of the congressman’s life. The lake is shown in the background, the location and time appears, the sound of the typing of the date, time and location mirrors that of a government organizations tracking someone or following them, the sound used is distinct and identifiable. At the start of the scene, the sounds of the man getting out his car and talking to his dog are played while we see shots of the agents, this shows that the man is quickly seen as insignificant to the audience due to our visual focus being on the agents. Throughout the majority of the conversations in the scene, our main focus is the conversation and the natural sounds have decreased in volume, due to this it appears like we are listening in on them from a microphone or something similar, the irony of this is that the roles have reversed between the agents and the audience (public).This sound has connotations of governments and other intelligence agencies. The sound of the typing is similar to that of a video game or action game, showing that we (the audience) are almost watching these characters and what they do, alternatively this could show that the government is watching what we are also seeing due to the titles, inferring the shared secrets.The sounds of the dog barking and wind show that the scene is very normal and civilized, the quietness and stillness lake could mirror that of spies being still and quiet on missions. As the characters have their conversations, the sounds of the natural wind and dog running and barking are heard in the background, this shows that the protagonist now lives a normal and civilized life, while the conversations of business and politics continues as his previous history is now behind him.As the Congressman is grabbed the music intensifies, showing the significance as the camera also focuses on this action, as he says his small monologue the external noises of the dog and wind have faded out, focusing the audience on what he is saying. The rise in intensity shows that the action is building up and the tension created in the conversation is about to be released, culminating in the protagonist’s death. As the protagonist is attacked, the music intensifies even more and further again as the syringe is injected into his neck, the intense music overshadows the sounds of the agent covering up the murder e.g. pills spilling and the handbrake disengaging, this could reference the government covering up his death, and his death being muted almost.
As his car roles into the lake, the music continues until the car is fully submerged under the water, as this happens the music stops the moment the car disappears. The ending of the music is shown to infer that his life has come to an end as well as the music.
Our first shot in the film shows a still, zoomed long shot of an agent, the stillness the camera could infer that of a fixed camera like CCTV in center frame showing that he is not our main focused is insignificant to the story so far, the use of the zoom infers that we as the audience are far away from him yet can see him easily, mirroring that of him being tracked or being watched from afar. We then cut to another zoomed long shot of another agent, however he is center frame and in focus, because of this we sense the agent might play a significant role in the upcoming events, and later in the scene we learn that he kills the old man in the scene. This shot foreshadows his significance in the opening shots of the film. As the old man and his dog get out the car, the shots used are handheld and shaky, the rawness and shakiness of this shows mirrors that o a POV shot of someone watching him. This POV of someone watch him return in the conversation between him and the oldest agent. The next shot is a close up the NSA oldest agent in the car on his phone, we don’t not see the natural background, only the interior of the black NSA car surrounding him. This could infer that Jon Voight’s character is consumed by and dedicated to his career working for the government. During the two-shot showing their conversations on the bench Jon Voights characters is standing taller than the congressman, emphasizing his power in the scene, during the matched cuts between the two characters the congressman is always looking up at the NSA agent in the shots, showing that he is deemed as insignificant in the scene. Within the matched cuts the characters are shown without the other characters in the conversation, they are alone in their respective shot, this shows that the two characters are divided in their conversation. As the congressman sits on the bench he is slightly off center frame and the bench is our main focus, also the NSA agent is left of frame showing his significance is halted in the shot, due to the bench center frame it shows us that bench has some significance to the upcoming events, in this case this is where their conversation will end, along with the congressman’s life. Again, their conversation starts with the congressman looking up at the agent, showing his weakness within the conversation. Now during their matched cuts, we see over the shoulder shots during their conversation, showing that they are converging as their conversation goes on because we now see both characters in the shot. As the congressman disagrees with their incentives, he stands up. The camera then cuts quickly to a close up shot of the agent grabbing the congressman arm, the close up shows the importance and significance of the agents actions. As this happens, the congressman is now standing above the agent, now the powerful role has reversed from the agent to the congressman and their conversations ends. As he walks to his car the camera shows all 3 agents watching him mirroring that of government agents tracking him. As he is murdered, the shots showing their cover up are all extreme lose ps, showing the details and precision of their efforts. As the car rolls backwards we again see and handheld/shaky type shot, again showing that the agents could potentially being watched by someone else.
Mise en Scene.
The opening of the film opens with the credits and titles, the font used for these titles resemble that of Greek literature or a fraternity, the connotations linked with these fraternities is that of patriotism and commitment, this could also infer that the government is like a fraternity in itself.At the start of the scene, we are shown the inside of the large black cars, the interior is back, his could infer that the agents and at the NSA are dark on the inside and out. Furthermore, the fact that the man is on the phone could show that he is consumed by his profession and the dark and violent implications that follow. The old black cars at the start of the film mirrors that of armored vehicles used to transport political figures and government officials, this shows that their evolvement with the government and politics. Furthermore, the use of their black outfits could infer their brutality and ruthlessness’ while also inferring their darkness and discretion. Due to their shirt and ties, an alternative interpretation could say that all of their outfits resemble that of attending a funeral, the is ironic due to the man’s death which occurs minutes later. Their outfits are completed with gloves and scarfs, this may infer that they do not want to be traced and want to remain hidden by covering every part of therein black, further emphasizing their discretion. The use of their large black jackets further show that they might be concealing something or hiding something. The glasses that the lead NSA agent wears shows that he cannot see as much as a usual person, this again is ironic because an agent like himself can oversee, watch and track everything that he intend to, due to his high ranking position. The scarf that the main agent wears is red, this could be implement to show the blood he may have inches past that still keeps with him, also the red could show his anger and violence.
The of day in which the scene is shot appears to be early dawn, our usual connotations of an early, clear day is that of something positive is going to occur later, however this completely contradicts the ending of the man’s life. The congressman who is murdered is shown wearing a light beg jacket, showing that we immediately perceive him as the protagonist n the scene. The cold and quiet environment in which the scene ties place could potentially infer the coldness and quietness of the NSA agents. At the start of the scene the congressman face is covered half-light and half dark, potentially showing the good and past in his character. As the scenes roll on, his face becomes lighter and lighter, showing how his morals have shifted nice the start of the scene.
The location in which the scene takes place is a quiet and remote location, this remoteness could show that the government agents are present everywhere and not the cliché´ locations government and like cities and urban areas, furthermore the characters are surrounded by the large woodland area showing that they are enclosed and potentially secretive.
At the start of the scene we can identify sound bridges between the conversation between the agent and the congressman, this could infer that their conversation is being tracked due to the shifts in camera shots as their conversation continues yet the volume of their conversation does not. As we are introduced to the oldest NSA agent, we briefly see the window coming down at the start of the shot, this shows the audience that he could potentially be hiding from something or someone. As their conversations moves, during one of the cuts the sound of the dog barking is implemented over the two cuts, showing the congressman’s present life. This also shows that his life away from politics still remains even after their conversation about surveillance and politics. Their conversation continues we see a series of matched cuts throughout to help set the pacing of their conversation in the scene. As the congressman s attacked with the syringe the frame appears to be higher than usual, the reason for this is that if the frame rate is too low in an action shot, then the motion looks jagged and unrealistic. So, the frame here was pushed up to show the frantic nature of the attack and to highlight the syringed being injected into his neck. As the shots of their cover up begins, we see a series of quick cuts. Due to this the pacing quickly speeds up, this is stringed by the intensity in music rising also. While this is happening, the sounds of the man’s dog is heard barking while the gents are cover9ng up his death. The dog barking shows that he has pieces of his present life still remaining even after his death. The dog in the opening scene is a physical metaphor for his present and normal life. As his car rolls, backwards into the water, the sound of the dog barking becomes increasingly louder as the car gets closer and closer to the water, causing the tension in the scene to rise. This is ironic because as his life has ended and is about to physically disappear, the dogs bark is actually getting louder and louder.
MEDIA THRILLER TASK
My film narrative and opening of the film will be a 15-certificate film.
In my film that meets these criteria is;
- Threat and Bodily Harm will be shown in the film; this will most likely occur in the interrogation scene and kidnapping scene. The harm and beating shown will not be greatly detailed, thus preventing it from being an 18-certificate film, which states detail and intention while also showing the positive emotions of the perpetrator inflicting the torture.
- Drugs will be implemented into some aspects of the film; this scene would occur in a drug house scene/crack den type sequence.
- Violence in the film will frequently occur however the violence shown and acts carried out would mostly be minimal, eg fight scene.
- Explicit language will most likely be used rarely, with the films concepts and violence causing the most adults themes.
My film does not include; (such as to certify it as an 18-rated film)
- Any sexual violence
- Sexual abuse
- Detailed Torture scenes
If I were to include these specific factors that would ultimately cause my film to be an 18-rated film. However, to appeal to a wider audience I decided to keep the film a 15-certificate film.
Survey Questions and Analysis.
- I asked this question to get a basic idea if my audience enjoying watching thriller film. The largest response said ‘Yes’ to liking thriller films with 87.50% of the vote.
2.) Here, I asked the location question early in the survey to allow the following questions to have a foundation to ask the questions on. The most popular answer was City/Urban Area with 37.50% of the overall vote, with Urban and Rural areas coming decond most popular with 25%.
3.) Now that I had location and a thriller-watching audience, I asked what sub genre my thriller should be, so I gave thrillers with other sub-genres to help refine what my thriller would be. The most popular answer was Action taking 50% of the votes.
4.) This question asking peoples favourite thriller films would give me a rough idea of what the audience wanted to see, and how I could produce my thriller based upon and taking inspiration from these films. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises topped the vote with 75% of the vote.
5.) For his question, I asked what type of plot they would like to see unfold in the film. I gave some options of potential plot themes, and the most popular was Terrorist/Spy thrillers with 37.5%, however other plot themes were mention in the ’other’ section with suggestions of psychological plot themes. So far I had gathered that my audience were fans of the typical action thrillers.
6.) Now that I had a story and location, I then changed the question type to focus on the characters that would appear in the film. Here I chose the protagonist first, so that the antagonist could bounce of the main character in the film by being opposites to each other.The audience voted that an Action Hero should be the main protagonist in the film.
7.) I had established the potential main character in the film, I now had to figure out a antagonist in the film, the audience voted that a Brutal and Vengeful character should be the type presented.
8.) Now that my potential storylne and charcters had come together, I asked if my audience thought that modern thriller films were too cliché, and my audience answered that most thrillers were not cliché. So ‘No’ was the most chosen answer with 62.5%
9.) My story was nearly done in terns of location, character and genre, now I focused on how the film would appeal to the target audience, the most commonly chosen answer was Visuals and Cinematography coming out on top. This showed me that my audience wanted to see visually pleasing shots and cinematography with 37.5%
10.) For my final question I asked what genre was my audiences favourite, this allowed me to implement some styles and themes to my story and film to make the film more appealing to the audience. The most popular answer was Comedy with 50% of the vote.
Opening Sequence research and planning
My opening will start of with 3-4 shots of the main character in the bathroom, showing his isolation and his dull life to establish what type of character we are watching. The next several shots will show the sequence of his deterioration, showing different situations for example- late at night, encounters with himself (showing his paranoia and and a metaphor for him seeing his old self.), also in this sequence flashbacks will occur showing him attacking someone from some less view. After a shot following the character in the street, we will then have 2-3 quick cuts of their struggle to show the pace of the situation, our character is then kidnapped by his attackers. An establishing shot of the abandoned building will be showing while the characters are walking towards it. Our main actor is then beaten, which will be shown in a sequence of face paced cuts.
After an altercation that left him amnesic and injured, the now recovered Joe is desperately trying to piece together the incident that the 7 months ago. There were no witnesses, no records or footage, no one to talk to, just the nightmares that haunt him on a daily basis. After several months he becomes paranoid about his unknown actions, wondering if he has potential consequences. One day while walking down a street he is approached by a car that kidnaps him and is taken to an abandoned structure where his captures beat him brutally. He escapes, injured and scarred by the previous events. Assuming his captures will avenge him and his family. To protect them, he exiles and goes on the run, forever looking over his shoulder as his kidnappers, fuelled by an unknown motive are after him, running from city to city and eventually fleeing the country, and migrating to a small European village. After 2 years of being on the run, his mind is fried and he is presumed dead by his relatives. After settling in a hostel, his captors return. In a final, exhilarating foot chase though the rooftops and alleyways of the rough an dark suburban neighbourhood. After one last chase he runs across a bridge and plunges into the water 50 feet below. Upon impact, he wakes up elsewhere, in a hospital bed, as he awakes he asks questions about how he got there, he starts screaming to his nurses about the men to are pursuing him, to which they reply that no one is chasing him.The nurses reveal is in a mental institution for paranoid schizophrenics for his volatile and harmful personality, that his actions have been occurring in his mind all along.
My film will not include dialogue, I chose this because I wanted the audience to get a thourough idea of the character they are watching and to establish what type of person he is, without being distracted by his voice or any other indicators.
How my Film will fit Ideologies, Tone and Mise-En-Scene.
My opening will fit my Psychological/Thriller genre due to the eeriness and dullness of some scenes. In the opening i will incorporate flashbacks and dream sequences also. Creating a sense of mystery and confusion to the viewers. I will also be using POV shots and a two shot with the same character in it to play of the audiences thoughts. The mind of the main chapters will be shown in some scenes to show what and how he is thinking. different shots i will use include sliding shots, tracking shots and handheld shots to show the rawness and to almost make it feel like we are filming him. Furthermore, the opening will include an interrogation scene and a beating scene also, this is used to show the grittiness and brutality of the film. The story will also look at the unknown answered that he is looking for allowing the audience to be intrigued into the storyline. The story will also follow the self-questioning and the journey for his answers which makes it a psychological theme.
My film will be called: Mindless.
The reason I chose this name is due to the connotations of being mindless; a out of control and volatile act of something without justification or acknowledging their consequences, much like our characters at the start of the film which is revealed at the end. This is because of the incident that occurs at the start of the film. Furthermore, mindless could also be interpreted as someone lacking in something, much like hopeless and useless. This infers the twist at the end, where the audience is told that the main character is actually paranoid and schizophrenic, further emphasising the deterioration of his mind.
These are the Storyboards and Shooting scripts needed for my Opening.
There will be a total of approximately 20 shots altogether, however this may change due to some shots being removed or added to the opening.
Both my actors have agreed to be involved with my Media Project.
For my opening of my thriller i will be involving the two actors from my previous Western Genre film. The main character will be acted by Joe Jenkins (top), while the kidnappers will be acted by Harry Davies. However his face will be covered with a balaclava for his entire role in the films opening. I chose Joe to act due to his impressive acting skills and also due his reliability.
REVISED STORYBOARDS with TITLES.
A few shots of my sequence will occur in a bathroom, I chose like location due to the lighting in the room and the simplicity of the room. about 3 shots will occur in the bathroom using different items, I chose this because it could symbolise him being trapped in a room metaphorically being trapped in his own mind. I also really like the lighting in the room, the light above I believe is similar to that to a spotlight, only focusing on him. in the shot only hushed is present while the rest is under the water, showing that much of him is consumed by something, to which we are unsure of.
The hallway, similar to the bathroom has flat colours throughout the room when dark, the scene will show the actor walking throat the archway and out of the right frame, while he is walking out of frame the same character, wearing different clothes will also walking through the arch way and out the door on the left. This will symbolise his other personality briefly coming into his life due to his unknown mental illness. The characters will appear in the same shot for a brief moment. Furthermore there is no light in the room hat his old personality is entering, showing that he cannot go back and that his old personality is effectively gone.
Bathroom – Water may be present on floor, so to prevent any of my actors slipping over and potentially injuring themselves, I will use towels to dry any areas which may be dangerous to the people in the room. To prevent film equipment being damaged from water, the equipment will be kept away from the bathwater entirely.
Hallway – Low ceiling into the left door, so to prevent an injury I will advise my actor to be careful when walking through
Me and my actors will be travelling together in the same car. So responsibilty will be resting on the driver taking us to one of the locations.
Art of the Title Sequence.
This task shows how the opening credits are displayed at the opening of a film. And how they may influence the audience and the films overall feel.
The up-beat and tone of the music contradicts completely the scene in which we are watching, showing the comedy already in the film. The edit has no cuts as the camera is flying around the car crash scene without interruption and is showing us the different things and items that are in the car as we fly around it.
The first titles shown are the Production Companies title, 20th century fox’ on the left hand side of frame. The font used is a white blocked font, yet the titles in the film are shown coming into frame, almost showing a lack of importance to the audience and attempts to focus the audience of the visuals of the opening.
We then travel through a few items like a coffee cup lid, and the at :32 seconds, the second production company is shown ‘In association with marvel entertainment’
The credits in the film show none of the actual coast and crews names, but instead use description to show the cast and crew members by their personality for example; Staring God’sPerfect Idiot’ when refereeing to the main actor, Ryan Reynolds. After this we then see a magazine cover breaking the forth wall by showing the actual actor on the front of a magazine cover, further emphasising the comedy in just the opening scene. The supporting role is then shown with the credits ‘ A Hot Chick’, referencing to the lead female actress, Morena Baccarin. As the titles re revealed to us, we almost fly over the credits due to them coming into frame from the right and disappearing to the left, as if the titles are still and that we are moving around them. After we see the titles, of the main antagonist, the titles show ‘A British Villain’. Immediately after this we encounter another fourth wall break, the film shows a playing card of Ryan Reynolds’ as the character of The Green Lantern, a role that he previously played 5 years prior to the making of Deadpool.
More titles are shown as we continue fly around the inside of the car, then we are shown our first shot of Deadpool, the main protagonist in the film, showing him sitting of one of the many henchmen he is fighting off, another title is shown saying ‘A CGI Character’ referring to the character Colossus. As we see a few more shots of the car we are then shown another title ‘A Gracious Cameo’ referencing to Stan Lee, who has made a cameo in every Marvel Film.
We continue to fly around the car before exiting and then we are shown some shots of what is occurring outside of the vehicle, revealing to the audience the chaos and violence that is actually occurring while we have opened with a comical scene and music that justifies this further. We then fly out completely and we are shown the entire shot of the cars, bikes and people in the opening we have just watched, showing how much was going on while now we only see the large car, flying through their before the title of the film is shown to us. The last credits shown are the producers, director and the writers of the film. The credits in the films opening start off with the most important figures down to the least significant, before finishing with arguable the most important figure in the film production.
The first thing we are shown is the logo and title of the one f the films production companies ‘A Kinney Company’ before dissolving to black. The first shot shown is a shot dedicating the film to the police officers of San Francisco. The music playing in the background sounds like couch bells, perhaps inferring death or religiosity. We are then shown some names of several men, to which we are unaware of their significance, the camera then zooms into the place badge and we dissolve to a shot looking down the barrel of a sniper rifle. The music then changed to a more diegetic sounding score.
The first credits shown on screen are that of the main protagonist in the film. The title shows them actor, ‘Clint Eastwood’ in capitals and in a yellow blocked font as he thens walks up some stairs.
The title is placed low centre of frame showing his importance to the audience, and focusing the mage of the main character on him. The next title shown is the production company working o the film. This tim, the font is he same but the size is smaller and located right in the middle of frame, showing its significance to the viewers. Without showing any other actors or crew names, we are then shown the title of the film, the title is shown usually early for an action thriller film like this. The title shows the films name, ‘Dirty Harry’ however the colours used in the title are different, the word dirty is colour filled in a red/burgundy colour to emphasise the adjective that is associated with his name. The yellow that we have already ben shown fills the name of ‘Harry’. The placement of the title is on the right of frame, and hovers over the main character, while the two words are place on top of each other. As the title fades out of view, the ‘Dirty’ in the title fades a split second before ‘Harry’ does. After the the next titles are shown, ‘Co-Starring Harry Guardian’ and then ‘Reni Santoni beneath it. This shows the importance o the actors in the film, showing the more important actor first followed by a less significant character. They are shown on the left of frame while our main actor i walking on the right of frame. 8 seconds later we are then shown two more actors names, this time on the right of frame, keeping the yellow blocked font also.
We are then shown 5 more actors names. This time, the lead title is ‘featuring’ showing that these actors will have a minimal role in the film and their significant will be small in the movie. The layout of the actors names is vastly different to that of the previous title we were shown. The names are layed out with two on the far left, two on the far right of framed then a name in the lower middle of frame between the two sides. The size of the font used is significantly smaller that that of the previous titles we have been shown. We notice the size of the font used to present the actors names are associated with their significance in the film for example the main character had the largest font while the least important character in the film had smaller font hen displaying their name on screen. The next set of actors names are shown, with 3 names on each side of frame. We then finish the actors credentials with ‘And John Vernon As ‘The Mayor’’ the fact that the credit started with ‘and’ shows that he will played a role in our film that we are unsure of what his position in the film. This is because his name is placed centre frame and his name is larger than those we were shown earlier. The next set of credits are those of the production crew like director of photography. The final credits shown in the opening sequence (again) are the musicians, producers and finally the director in the largest of the credits. Their credits change from centre frame to changing to left and right of frame. However I believe this does not reflect their importance in the film but more the image that they are being shown on top of, showing off the visuals in the opening.
The film starts with the opening title showing the name of the film production company ‘Paramount Pictures Presents’ showing the presents beneath the name of the company. The font used is white and simple, this could reflect the child like mind of the main character, Forrest Gump. The next credits also show the name of the other production company. The credits so far are placed in centre frame, with the names of the companies being lager than the additional text. Contrary to the two other films, the director’s credits are shown at the start, rather than the end. The directors name is shown is centre frame also to highlight his importance in the film. Our next title that is given to us says ‘Tom Hanks in’, the name of the actor is larger than the additional text, emphasising his role in the film. Furthermore, the title says ‘in’, this prepares the audience for the reveal of the files title. The film’s title is shown as the music builds.As the opening sequence continues, the main actor’s names are displayed on screen, all of which keep the white, simple font. This shows the audience that the character’s roles in the film will all be equal, including Tom Hanks’.
After the credits of the actors have been shown we then switch the next line of credits to the crew working on the film. The main crew’s titles are given with their name credited beneath their job title. The music builds in size as our journey following the feather continues. The author that is responsible from the novel on which the film is based upon is also shown toward the end of the credits. The final credits go to the 3 producers that worked on the film, with the final credit showing ’Directed by Robert Zemeckis’ before the films credits stop and we jump into the storyline of the film. Throughout the entire opening credits, every name and credit given had the same font, size and placement on screen. I believe this adds a sense of simplicity among the opening of this film. Reflecting the tone of the film. The opening of this film showed my that the way that the credits are displayed on screen can reflect the tone and mood of the film that they are about to watch.