Monday, 10 January 2011

The difference between a Thriller and a horror.

-A thriller has a more mature cast that are often highly regarded well known actors.
-The focus of a Thriller film is on the crime, who did it? Why? How?
-The lead role is often played by the detective and they are the protagonist.
-Victims of the crime are not always known to the viewer

-Young cast, often teenagers. stereotypical bimbo blonde cheerleader and the typical 'jock' have regular appearances in horror films.
-There is usually a lot of violence, with graphic images of blood and guts.
-the focus of the narrative is often the violence and not the crime.
-the lead victim often becomes the detective trying to work out who is killing everyone a all his or her friends are dying.
-It i usually set in a suburban setting
-Adults are always absent or not supportive. (They don't listen, or ignore the teenagers pleas as they don't believe them)


Tuesday, 10 March 2009

2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? On photoshop cut and paste a character from your opening sequence and one from a re

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? Compare and contrast your own sequence

Friday, 7 November 2008


Build u of tension kept at a steady pace until the end
Good Camera angles
Good titles and music
Murder was effective


Mise-en-scene could be improved
Be aware of settings - pedestrians in background during murder scene
Unable to read screen
Too slow to grab attention

Thursday, 6 November 2008


Wednesday, 22 October 2008


Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Cast list

A Dot Com production
A Cybernet film
Donald Murphy
Richard Hammer
Lucy Spoonfield
Costume design by Pier Coupe
Art Direction by Steven Backster
production design by Liam Wilkinson
Casting by Emma Broad
Film Editing by Rachel Smith
Cinematography by Bill Trever
Original Music by Dan Manials
Produced by Edward Cress
Directed by Jude French


Friday, 17 October 2008

Examples of influences

There were quite a few influences on our final idea, including professional films and student idea's that we had looked at before starting our own pieces. Taking aspects like fast editing, unclear shots and the idea of keeping up as much mystery as possible until the very end. All these ideas have been brought into our opening and in doing this our opening has followed many of the conventions found in thriller films.

Initial Ideas

At the start we came up with a few ideas and possible openings for our thriller project. Some of our ideas included scenes of a man being followed by a mysterious figure (location: woodland area) - this then involved a fall where the person being followed trips and then the dark figure falls from a tree landing behind the victim. This concept then evolved into the death of the victim. Another idea we had was a crazy man looking up pieces of news paper and gathering information on his latest victim. It was from a mix of these two ideas we got our final idea.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The props used in our sequence are computer monitors, a study, views of doors and house hall ways, a knife, a dining room and the view of someone in a busy area.
We will only need 3 actors for our opening with no extras.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Thriller Animatic

Our animatic thriller piece was designed to give a brief outline of how our opening would look to the audience. We used the story boards that we drew in a previous lesson to construct the animatics. We photographed each caption and saved them into finale cut. In order to make the scene's fit we had to zoom into the drawing and edit the timing to make it look more convincing as an animatic.
The idea behind our story line is their is a hit man who checks a website in order to find out who his next victim. After many close ups of the screen and a man walking back for a normal night in we find out he is the next victim of the internet hit man. With the title being Deleted it is shown throughout the sequence giving clue's to the audience.

Friday, 10 October 2008

garageband image

the music so far looking spooky


Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Analalyis of Parasomnia

In Parasomnia they used a variety of techniques including camera angles, lighting, mis-en-scene and setting. The camera angles and shots used were close ups, mid shots, long shots and a variety of low angles and they also decided to cut shots very effectively. The music adds to the astmosphere very well as it is creepy and builds up throughout the beginning, then it changes when the titles appears making it stand out even more. The mis-en-scene changed alot from very dark rooms in which the viewer couldn't quite make out what was going on to an empty field with a single man standing in it. The best technique used in the start was the blood in the water that plays throughout the opening titles.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Memento thriller

We watched the opening sequence of memento. It started with just a black screen with the titles rolling and some quiet tense music in the background. It then cut to a close up of a polaroid photo of a dead body on the floor with their blood up the walls, the hand holding the photo then begins to shake it repeatedly making the image fade until it completely disappears. We learn that the footage is going backwards in time, revealing the rest of the man holding the photo and the crime he has just committed

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Friday, 26 September 2008


Monday, 15 September 2008