Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Evaluation Q1

Our thriller uses references (intertextuality) from the films "Se7en"  and "The Stepfather (2009)". 

Firstly the use of title over narrative which both films use and so did we. For example, Our first establishing shot which had "Lionsgate film" on it (first picture of Stolen Identity). In "The Stepfather" they use the "screen gems" title over the garage(First picture of "The Stepfather" and "Se7en"). By doing this we are able to cut out the time it takes for the film to start. Therefore we conform to the conventions of real thriller media products. 

The lighting in our opening title sequence is used to show the dark intensity of the film. For example when our character is the garage (third frame on Stolen Identity). Similarly, in "S7en" the picture of the drawing (in frame 6) is highlighted in a poorly lit room. Therefore, we conform to the conventions of real media products. However, in "The Stepfather" they challenge this idealization of a poorly lit room to signify a dark, sinister atmosphere. For example, in frame 6 where he is in the kitchen where it is brightly lit although the contrast of the robe the character is wearing to the white walls shows a binary opposition. Therefore, suggesting a sinister  presence instead of the room being lit poorly. 

Although we mainly conform to the stereotypical thrillers which are presented through media products we try to challenge them. For example, the use of visible props in the scene is very limited (all frames show no iconic prop). In comparison to "Se7en" where they have an extensive use of iconic props which could be of significance to the plot. For example, in in frame 4 of the keyboard. Although stereotypically, a thriller icon would be a weapon, blood  or a mask ect. In "The Stepfather" they use an iconic prop(s) in frame 2 of the sharp objects which indicate the genre of the film. Therefore we tried to challenge the convention of modern thrillers by the limited use of icons. 

We tried to develop the normal convention of thriller films by delaying the identity of the actor. For example in our Stolen Identity frames, the characters face is not shown between 1-7th frame. In order to create suspense and reveal some information to the audience. Similarly, in "Se7en" in all the frames they do not reveal the character at all. Leaving more questions in an audiences head rather than suspenseful because the audience do not know anything. In contrast, "The Stepfather" the character is shown and known. We know who he is and where he lives. From frames 2 - 7 he is reoccurring like his presence. Therefore, we try to incorporate both keeping the character secret and revealing the character to develop both "The Stepfather" and "Se7en"'s conventions.

The Stepfather
Stolen Identity

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