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Thursday, 7 April 2011


In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

For this question I am going to compare 9 shots from the opening title sequence of our influence ( The Stepfather ) to 9 shots of the opening of our final thriller film.

These two shots are primarily establishing shots to set the mise en scene of the film. However, we decided to show the back of our murderess's head to evoke tension in the audience, as the fear of the unknown can be quite daunting. Another big difference is that we used a female instead of a male murderer as female murderers in films arent very common, and the use of a woman will allow us to reach our target audience, which is mainly towards the female spectrum. Both of these shots are slightly high angle shots towards the characters on screen, making them appear to have a sort of power, possibly over the other following characters on screen.

These over-the-shoulder shots both create a visual interest on the screen. They both allow us to have insight into what the character on screen is seeing, without using a point-of-view shot (which can create the wrong feel in a film, instead possibly making us feel empathy for the character as we are 'in their shoes'). Also, both characters are changing their appearance, but obviously in different was due to the different genders

Both of these cut away camera shots (or close ups are useful in building up tension, as it is a cut away from the current action. The major difference between these shots is obviously the contrast of items used. The make up in the first shot helps reflect and emphasis her femininity as a woman, which is a contrast to her character (serial killer). It is much less sinister than the second shot from The Stepfather, a suspicious rugged looking guy clipping and shaving his bushy beard. When you think of crazy, serial killers, they usually have a beard, right?

These extreme close ups allow us to see the psychopath nature of both of our serial killers, our character is dabbing away at a lipstick smudge, and The Stepfather is wiping a shaving cut. It is slighty OCD to worry about minor things like that, we can only attach its attributes to that of a killer.

Again, both of these shots are cut aways of items usually found in the bathroom, however ours is more used as an establishing shot as it was one of the first, or even the first shots used in our films. Our shot evokes more suspense, and their shot is more of a 'filler' shot, just to match cut the action previous to it.

The only similarity between these shots is the fact that they are both cut away shots, however we use our shots in completely different ways. The duck in our opening is what reveals the crime, that is why we use frequent cutaways of the duck between clsoe up shots of the make up to question the audiences mind and makes them wonder why we keep seeing this apparently harmless inanimate toy. The other shot uses frequent cut aways of normal things (toast, butter, toys, bricks) so we don't really know what is leading to our suspenseful moment.

I love this shot in The Stepfather! It is such an effective shot, pure genius. It is the moment when the normal turns abnormal. The tilt of the camera (compared to the other camera shots, evidently done on an tripod or a track) conveys the change of tone in the film. It is holy to sinister. We tried to create this in our film of using a close up of the duck hitting the dead hand, we wanted to do a tilt but the limitations of the small bathroom was a huge impact.

Both these shots again show the psychotic nature of both characters, of them arranging things when there is a dead body amongst them

Two of the final shots, similarities between the two are the eyes open as it gives it a creepy feel, obvious difference is the gender, one is male and one is a girl. However, the little girl is more effective as the fact that she is young and a female, plays on the audiences emotions and naturally they feel more sympathy for the child.

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