Saturday, 2 April 2011

EVALUATION QUESTION 1 - Forms and conventions of thirllers

'Stolen Identity' title sequence stills

'The Stepfather' title sequence stills

 I already covered codes and conventions in the ‘planning’ sections of my blogs, so I can just start this blog off with how we have used, developed or challenged those codes and conventions in our own film.

For our title sequence we used both titles over narrative and discrete titles, which seemed to work well together. We think we challenged thriller conventions by using both title structures, because most commonly they only use one type. One other thriller movie though that also challenged this conventions and used both was ‘Se7en.’ The font of our titles is conventional. In the pictures of the ‘Stolen Identity’ and ‘Stepfather’ title sequences, we can see that both these titles are share a similar level of formality, and are both sans serif. We chose to use with this convention of a plain/simple font because we believe it is effective in raising a serious/intent atmosphere when watching the movie, and also the conventional fades of the fonts keeps the pace slow.
     The music – although you wasn’t able to hear it by just looking at the pictures – is non-diegtic. For ‘The Stepfather’ the music starts of non-diegtic but then it changes to diegtic. We only included diegtic sound effects, i.e. footsteps. Both title sequences in the non – deigtic music is conventional. They both create tension and are eerie, which is a convention in thriller movies. Which helps add suspense.
     Both titles sequences use conventional icons. Although we can’t see it yet because it comes up later in the movie, ‘The Stepfather’ uses a big kitchen knife, and as you can see from our title sequence stills we also use a big kitchen knife. However The Stepfather uses sharp objects, which is close enough to the kitchen knife, and sharp objects are still conventional of thriller. We used this conventional because we believed it would contributed much in adding suspense.
     Another thriller convention is dark settings. We used this convention in the dark setting of our garage. The Stepfather also used this convention in their opening titles sequence but they developed this convention by only representing their dark through the colour of the titles. The dark setting in our film is effective because it helps create tension.
     Mystery was conveyed in our opening by how we didn’t let the audience see her face until the end of the sequence. Mystery in the stepfather was created because the audience get to questions why he is changing his appearance. The conventional use of mystery is effective because it engages the audience, gets them involved by allowing them to be inquisitive, and it also builds anticipation and suspense.
     Both opening titles aequences where slow paced, which is conventional, and also hold the same representation of the main character – that their not who the audience think they are. Both characters change their appearance. This representation in conventional, and allows the audience to gain interest. However our film chanellges the representation of the killer. Conventionally, like in The Stepfather, the killer is a male, but we’ve made the killer a girl. We decided to challenge this convention because I believed it allows us to be more playful and it is effective because it allows the film to look a little bit different and stand out.

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