Thursday, 30 January 2014

Genre Conventions

Here i have put together some research i have done on different conventions for each genre, i have done this so i have a better understanding on each one individually before me and my group come to a conclusion on what genre we want our opening sequence to be.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

What i Learnt

What I learnt

Within this clip of my preliminary task  demonstrated within the task my own understanding of camera rules; rule of thirds, match on action editing, reverse reverse shot and the film followed the 180 degree rule. 

Rule of Thirds: compostion rule of thumb in photography 

Match on action editing: Coming closer to a certain object say a door. So you watch the hand go towards the door and then closely it matches the hand on the door so you watch the person go through.

Reverse reverse shot: I learnt how to do have a conversation between two people without making the conversation look fake and unrealistic. So therefore a reverse reverse shot shows one character and the answer from the other character.

180 degree rule: Finally I learnt that it is important to show the whole 180 degrees of the room or location you are filming within because otherwise the film would be confusing for viewers and unbelieveable. 

Sunday, 5 January 2014


i have found some examples of eerie songs which i like and would consider using when making my opening sequence. I think that it is important to add in music because it is a method of building up suspense before the thriller film begins.

Music in films from previous post.

Further more from my last post i have decided to look into them films more and see what type of sound and music is used in the opening sequence for them in order to see whether there are any conventions which i could chose to follow or even break to differ my thriller from the rest.

Shutter island.
First there is the paramount company logo, which instead of the normal background music it has, it's been adapted so that it fits into the style of the film, played in the background is an eerie and tense piece of music. This continues with long deep notes whilst the directors are shown. When the name of the film comes up, the  volume noticeably increase. However similarly to Awake the actors in the film are not shown in the opening sequence. 

Once again there is slow, tense and piercing music in the background as the opening sequence begins. However in awake, there is written narration to set the scene which is showed whilst the music is playing. Just like in the opening sequence to Seven lightening appears when the company logo shows, this could be away of creating fear within the audience as it could make them jump.

The only difference in this opening sequence to the other two that i looked that, is the director has chose to show the actors names playing the main characters at the start of the film. Other than this, the opening sticks to convention by playing deep music in order to create an eerie and creepy feel for the audience before the film even begins.

Thriller Conventions

By researching into some different films under the thriller genre it began to make some conventions within the genre clear, when looking at the cover image for the film the colour scheme and images used for the film are all very similar. When looking at those above we can clearly see that the colour schemes all relate around black white blue orange and red. This could be because blue is thought as a colour which represents sadness,and red and orange represents danger, Therefore from first glance of the cover the audience would immediately have hints that the film is the thriller genre and what time of emotions may be shown in the film. Another thing that is clear is that the front cover seems to usually have a close up on the face of who we assume will be the main character in the film, Some also show a hint of what the film could be about for eg. in the hunger games cover we see Jennifer Lawrence who we therefore assume to be the main character, and then in her hand she is holding a bow and arrow which suggests fighting is involved.

This has helped me with ideas for my opening sequence because i think that when the titles are shown they should be put in the colours used above as they are clearly conventional with thrillers, it also has given me ideas for camera shots as they use many close ups, which i could do when it comes to making my title sequence.