Friday, 25 March 2011

Film poster

We made a lovely film poster to promote our work ;)
APPREHENSION postar

SCREENWSHATS

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Feedback on Final Cut

POSITIVES :)

  • The camera shot/zoom on the eye of one of the main characters is a good use of a thriller convention and gives us more of an idea that it's a psychological thriller.
  • Loads of people loved out music because it creates tension and fits in with the editing. The music is also dramatic and emphasises the main character.
  • The fading in and out of the the main character walking and him in his room is good because its in sync with the music.
  • The dark location from the start gives a sense of fear and the lighting was good throughout.
  • The close up of the characters was good.
  • The use of the cigarette prop.
  • The music and the camerawork together works really well.
  • The time of day and the lighting added to the effect of the viewer.
  • Parallel editing is very good.
NEGATIVES :(
  • The camera work could have been more steady and the zoom shot was also unsteady and jerky.
  • The titles could have been clearer and maybe bigger.
  • The ending could have been more clearer and visible.
  • Could have made the strangling more violent and dramatic.
  • A change in font was suggested and to improve the effects on the titles
  • Improve the variation of sound and maybe use some digetic sound, change the tempo of the sound?
  • End it at 1:40 when she drops the cigarette. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Title Pane

Title Pane
1) Lighting ting - We used artificial light to achieve this shot. With a torch above the camera held by the cameraman
2) Location tingaling - China Chef (area) is where we filmed the majority of our footage. We used this run down area to make the audience feel uncomfortable and tense.
3) Props ting - The lit cigarette shows that someone was using it and now isn't, therefore we are showing that they are dead without showing too much blood and gore etc.
4) Bling bling - Phil's long coat shows that he is a dark and mysterious character.
5) Camerawork ting - High angle shot that we achieved by lifting up the tripod, teamwork!!!!!! This also hides his identity, creating more mysteriousness.
6) Cameraworking  - Close up, still hiding his identity
7) Thriller Convention ting - The murder. One of the thriller conventions is that it is based around a crime.
8) Thriller Convention ting - The graffiti in the room makes the audience feel uncomfortable.
9) Thriller Convention ting - The burning of the picture shows the protagonists flaws.

Friday, 18 March 2011

FINAL CUT!

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We were given feedback from Andrea and her co-worker about adding a sound effect over the strangling scene, be we decided against thier advice because the main character is supposed to be apprehensive of his actions and also the music already had a subtle tension building tone to it.

Monday, 14 March 2011

U1 26 analysis

Editing: I like the titles. The first scene feels a bit long. Then the pace of the next couple of scenes goes a bit faster. The match on action scene is very good although the main character holds on to the door handle a bit too long.

Camerawork: This film uses a variety of shots. It starts with a high angle shot of the pictures. I think you should include more shots from different angles maybe some close ups of the pictures that are more important to the narrative so we can see them better and focus on the story line. 
The film then cuts to a panning of a bedroom this is quite good but seems a bit out of place.
Then there's a shot of someone's feet as they are walking; This is a very good shot to introduce to the story and character. The next shot is very good because it uses match on action.
You could have used a wider variety of shots and shot angles to make the film more effective and dynamic!

Mise en scene: The lighting on the first scene isn't very good and you can't quite see what is in the scene. Maybe you could use some colour correction to make it brighter so the audience can see the pictures.
The prop you used of the outline of the girl is very good and adds a huge twist to the film making it an exiting thriller. I like the titles.

Sound: The film seems like quite a dark film yet the soundtrack you have used seems very happy and fast paste in contrast to what was happening. If I were to edit this film I would have put the same orchestral music type but at a much much slower paste.

Thriller conventions: You never see the main characters identity which makes the intro even more mysterious and look more like a thriller. The unrealistic storyline and the abnormal situations this intro gives to these characters make the viewer interested and want to know what happens next. 

Friday, 4 March 2011

What did we do today? (Fri 15:33 - 04/03/11)

Me and Steve finished editing our clips together. All we have left to do for next week is to add the music and sound effects.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

What did we do today? 1 3 11

It's Steve's birthday, so we decided to do something incredibly exciting, MORE EDITING of your sequence! Adding in loads of effects such as glow and speeding up clicks!


pictures to follow

Monday, 28 February 2011

Transsiberian - Thriller intro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lPSrc9cpAY&feature=related

The film starts with an establishing shot showing an industrial road going through a cold and snowy port probably early in the morning somewhere in Siberia. This shot has no non-diegetic sound atoll because the establishing shot wants to give the viewer an idea of the location as if they were there; the almost quiet sound with a couple of dogs barking in the background, the cold environment and the quite shaky handheld camera make you feel like your there in a remote area of Russia.
While a couple of credits appear and disappear while moving slightly at the bottom of the screen. You see a car appear at the other end of the road you are looking at, coming towards the camera and turning while the camera tracks it by panning left. Again you hear exactly what the microphone on the camera hears which is the car driving by on top of complete silence; As if you were there. Then you see a credit under the car introducing the location of where the intro is set, which is Vladivostok in Russia. You then see the car heading towards a boat with lights on.
Then the shot cuts to two Russians in coats in the same dark industrial location smoking and one says to the other in Russia 'On your toes.' All of the aspects in this shot show an element of fear in the two men because of the dark, dim, cold, remote surroundings, the big coats, the smoking, what the man says, the way he says it and how he's standing. The viewers are given a feeling of mystery and a lot of questions to ask: what will happen next? who's in the car? what are they doing there? All the viewers can do is keep watching.
The next shot shows the car parking opposite the too men which are probably police officers because they are standing next to a police car. A figure then comes out of the back seat of the car and walks towards the officers which then say 'good morning, inspector Grinko' introducing the mysterious character in the black coat whom we haven't seen close up yet. We now know that this character is an inspector and that he's most probably at the scene to investigate a murder or a crime of some sort.
The shot then cuts to a shot of a watch which is taped a couple of times probably because its not working, because its too cold or it might be one of the films many mcguffins. It then cuts to another shot showing showing inspector Grinko's face looking down where you can hear him taping his watch, he then looks up and takes a breath. The shot changes to a traking shot of him walking down some stairs of a boat from a low handheld angle going behind a police officer to give the audience a feeling of them being there again as an invisible person or one of the many police officers. He then walks past the viewers stops at a ledge and looks down; the camera does the same and looks at what Grinko is looking at which is what looks like a dead frozen person at a table having breakfast. This being the crime-scene.
It then cuts to an image of frozen fish in ice which in a way mirrors what has happened to the dead person in the crime-scene. This then focuses behind the fish where Grinko is there to investigate.

Friday, 18 February 2011

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

What did we do this lesson? 15/02/11

We began to edit together all our clips in the order of the storyboard. :)

We've also been experimenting with ghosting in one of our flashbacks!

Picture will be added later :)

How did our filming go???

Well, in general we were very efficient, we finished all our filming before we expected and we only did one take of most shots. Due to our organisation and good team work.

HOWEVER
We did find a few difficulties:

  • Lighting: it got dark quicker then expected, BUT we had brought torches and used the street lights effectively.
  • There was a lot of traffic on the road but, in the sake of health and safety, we waited until the road was completely clear before we filmed our main character crossing the road.
  • Cyclists kept disturbing our filming, but we were respectful and let them pass us.
When we got to our location, we realised our original ending wasn't as good as we had thought so we changed it last minute. 

Our filming went really well, and we conquered all our difficulties by thinking about how to get around them and our risk assessment helped us with this.


Friday, 11 February 2011

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Weather report for this weekend - Filming weekend.


So all looks good for filming saturday evening, and sunday we are mostly filming indoors, we may get wet travelling inbetween locations though!

Requirements

Kit: HD Camera, Tripod.

Props: Lighter, Cigarettes/Roll up, Rope/String, Photos, Bottle of what looks like alcohol.

Costume: Phil - Doc Martins, Long Trench Coat, Black Jeans, Less Chunky Tunnels.
                Livvy - Shirt, Grey Coat, Plain Black Shoes (Work clothes basically)
                (Steve - Possibly tramp Clothes)


EMERGENCIES
Nearest A&E - Chesterton Emergency Room

I.C.E numbers  - Ruri: Mama - 01223410778
                           Steve : Parents - 07968305026
                           Livvy : Parents - 01223847932
                           Phil: Peter - 07704178350

USEFUL INFO

Public Transport : Madingley Park and Ride to location 1
                             Citi3 bus Location 1
                             Citi2 bus Location 3
                             Citi7 bus Location 4
                             Train from Shelford to Cambridge.
                             We all need bikes and bike locks.


Location 1&2

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Location 3

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Location 4

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CALL SHEET!

Call Times:
Camera/Production crew location 1 : 5:30PM 

Location : 
1) Coldham's Common
2) China chef/Back of China chef
3) Ruri's Shed
4) Granchester Meadows

Location contacts:
1) Ruobei Quiqui Qian - China chef owner 
    07966623887
2) Rosalind Munro - My mummy
    07879272237

Production Contacts:
Director: Steven P M Young - 07968994534
Producer: Olivia Love Bull - 07595416800
Associate Producer: Ruairidh P M Grass - 07794840092
Protagonist: Phillip P M Abbott - 07928226752

Shooting Schedule :

            SAT

17:30 - Location 1 EXT
            Phil Walking through Park
            Phil
19:30 - Location 2 EXT
            (In his mind) scene + Last scene
            Phil , Livvy

             SUN

10:36 - Location 3 INT
          Flashback!! scenes
          Phil

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH BREAK

 2:00 - Location 4 EXT
         Livvy and Phil Romantic scene ;) Flasback!!


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Psychological Thrillers


 I was doing some research on psychological Thrillers and I found this list of the top fifteen worst psychological thrillers.  And thought we shouldn't use the openings as a bit of a reference. Here's the link:
http://www.flickchart.com/Charts.aspx?genre=Psychological+Thriller&order=desc&perpage=20

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super sonic mood board

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Monday, 7 February 2011

How could I improve ?

Looking back at our children's film intro, I have remembered many problems we as a group had to solve while the making of our project. Many of these problems and mistakes are quite obvious when you watch our short film. Although there's not a lot we can do now to solve these problems, what I can do is to avoid these in my future projects; in this case our Thriller intro.
Here are some of the areas I should improve on:
Planning and Scripting:
One of the main things we should have concentrated on was on our planning and scripting of our piece. Before we started filming our opening sequence all we had for our planning was a very rough story board containing only about 4 or so scenes with very little information. The problem about doing this is that on the day of the filming you won't have enough information and story to film on and you end up making up what happens as you go along. Because of these we ended up with a very rough and unfinished version of what we had in mind.
Risk Assessment:
This might come in to the section of Planning but I believe one of the main reasons our film didn't end up the way we wanted it to was because we didn't write down a proper risk assessment. On the days of our filming we encountered many unplanned problems some of these being we didn't have the right props and a couple of these days one of our group members was ill. These led to many problems we didn't know how to resolve which meant we had to improvise.
Experience:
For our childrens project we decided to do something we had never done before and film our film with stills using the filming method of stop-motion. We learnt how to work with this method very quickly yet we did have a few problems because we had never used this method before and we were not used to it. For example we had problems with keeping the camera steady which is extremely important and in some cases we moved our characters along the frame too quickly or we took to little pictures in some bits compared to others which made the speed of our film very jumpy.


Man On Fire

Last night I was watching "Man On Fire" a film by Tony Scott, and even thought it's not directly related to our opening sequence because it's an action/ crime thriller, but I thought that it had a really interesting opening sequence which we could look at to consolidate and improve our ideas.

It starts with a crane shot above a misty Mexico City, with slow string instruments playing over this. This establishes the set of the film, and also gives it a more dark and corrupt feel to the place. The credits are effective because the font and animation of them. Due to the background being generally dark, the white and bold credits which are underlined really stand out. This could help us with our credits.


After this the pace of the sequence begins to speed up and you see a crowd of people walking through one of the main squares of the city. They have edited this section so that there is ghosting of people in the foreground which are at a canted angle, which make the city seem disjointed and makes the audience feel uncomfortable because it is unnatural to see people walking at such and angle and to be able to see through them.


Also with the suspense building music, the director has put shocking facts about the city this film is set it, which gives the audience an idea of what the story is about, Kidnapping and the protection of children. This also solidifies the audiences thoughts that this place is corrupt and generally not nice.

The director also uses a montage of images and videos to introduce the main characters. What is interesting is that the family this film is about are all introduced separately, which you later find out that the father in the family plans the kidnapping of his own daughter in order to fund the corrupt "La Hermadad" which means "the brotherhood", who are the people who organise and execute the kidnappings. Also I realised after watching the film that the montage shown in the credits are actually screen shots of the film itself, so within the first five minutes the audience has already been told what happens in the film, without knowing. This I think is very clever but also confuses me why the director would give away so much in the first couple of minutes. In a way he was preparing us for what lies ahead.





What we can improve from our first assignement - Children's film opening sequence

In our children's film opening sequence we used little variety of shots types and angles - in other words we weren't very adventurous. However, we plan to change that in our Thriller opening sequence. The plot features a troubled individual who is haunted by thoughts and memories of his past and held back by his own mind, his weak point or Achilles heel, a common convention of a psychological thriller. We intend to show lots of different flashbacks/memories in lots of different locations so the plot requires us to try and shoot more advanced shots in order to achieve a sense of disorientation.

In our children's film opening sequence we didn't plan our shot list or make a storyboard - we weren't sure of what our plot actually was, we just made it up as we went along. For our Thriller opening sequence we have already completed a shot list, risk assessment, story board and half of a location recce. So we are guaranteed to improve from our previous assignment because planning is so key to any filming.

In our children's film opening sequence the lighting was flickering between the shots, because we used still images pieced together and we were either in the way of the lamp or out of the way. We will use similar artificial light with torches for our Thriller opening sequence because we have chosen to shoot it at night in order to create suspense in the build up towards the murder scene. 

In our children's film opening sequence the camera work was quite poor and sometimes slanted or not horizontal with the the ground. When we are out filming our thriller opening sequence we plan to use quite a lot of hand-held footage because we need the maneuverability in order to follow the main character. We will try and use tripods and dollies as frequent as we can though because we don't won't the camera work to be as poor as our children's film.

Friday, 4 February 2011

From Children's Opening Sequence Project - How I could improve!

It's quite difficult to pick out things I could have done differently from my children's film project because we used animation rather then live action, although I can think of a few things I would change if I could.

  1. More different types of camera shots and angles : In my children's film project we rarely changed the camera angle or changed the distance of shot, and we tried our hardest at tracking but didn't quite do it effectively, so in my thriller project I want there to be lots of complicated and different shot types and angles.
  2. Planning phase : In the planning phase of my children's film project, I didn't utilize the freedom of the blog enough. I rarely completed assignments which were necessary for me to gain the top marks, in this project I wish to have a very detailed and organised blog, with work completed which wasn't assigned.
  3. Editing Phase : Because our children's film was very simplistic, the editing on it was fairly straight forward and the titles were a tad boring. In the thriller project I wish to challenge the group and I to more difficult and complicated editing and transitions, which comes with the plot to our opening sequence, which is full of flash backs and more technically complicated transitions, e.g. when the storyline moves from reality to the main characters mind.

Story Boards

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Risk Assessment

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Shot List



Why do thrillers thrive?

This article explains us what is in thrillers that makes them thrive and become so successful. It says that we as viewers find them exciting and emotional because of the unusual and risky situations the characters are in; situations that we have never been in before. All of these unusual situations in thrillers give the viewers a feeling of tension and suspense while in the comfortable surroundings of their living room or cinema seat.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Research on location

We have checked the Cambridge United website and the fixtures for the day we are planning to film. Fortunately, they have an away game on that day (saturday 12) so it won't be busy and we can film. (y)

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Psychological Thrillers

 I was doing some research on psychological Thrillers and I found this list of the top fifteen psychological thrillers.  And thought we could use the openings as a bit of a reference. Here's the link:

http://listverse.com/2008/06/23/top-15-psychological-thrillers/

Why "Thrillers" Thrive article

The main ideas in this article are:

The Uninteresting Lives of Humans
We as humans need to be excited because our lives aren't as exciting and adventurous as those we see on the big screen, particularly in thrillers because one of the key conventions of a thriller is that extraordinary things happen in ordinary situations. Although saying this, we don't enjoy to be physically put through these situations portrayed in thrillers, we prefer to be in safe surroundings and let our mind venture through the world of fear and tension shown in thrillers.

Our Response to Thrillers
We love to believe everything the actors say and the feeling of our blood rushing as tension is built by many different aspects of thrillers, such as the music or interesting and creative camera shots, which evoke an emotional response from the audience.

The Difference of Horror Films and Thrillers
The brutality and goriness of horror films are not as effective and as enjoyed by the viewers because due to human nature, the level of violence used and the unnatural fear created by horrors is not acceptable and isn't as easily remembered by humans.

IN MY OPINION: The most memorable films are thrillers, Such as the classic thriller "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock. This film is still enjoyed by viewers today, even though it was released in 1960.

Script

Coldham's common EXT. evening time -

A male figured character is walking down a spooky path at night time. He has his hands in his pockets, looking slightly sketchy. We see various different flashbacks in different locations. As he is walking along at a steady pace

Flashback1 EXT: The protagonist and his ex-girlfriend on a romantic date, walking down Newmarket road, hand ing hand entering china chef.
Flashback2 INT: The protagonist in his room burning a picture of his ex-girlfriend, smoking, behind this a montage of several different photos of him with his ex.
Flashback3 INT: him looking at a dictionary with a close up of the word apprehension, drink alcohol `.
Flashback5 EXT : back to n1
Flashback8 INT: Back to n2

Then he comes to the end of the of the path, on the opposite side of the road, facing China Chef, hesitating. Then we focus in on his eye and enter his mind.

In his imagination we see him bursting through the door of china chef, going straight to the kitchen, grabbing his ex-girlfriend and strangling her, until she dies and then he leaves. But then we move from his imagination back to reality, he walks casually across the road, whistling, stops at the door just as the closed sign is turned. We focus on his face and see his disappointment and over his shoulder you see his ex-girlfriend walking away, without him noticing her.

Top 5 things we learnt from Amar, the chosen one

We learnt from Amar many things, but our favourites are as follows.

  1. The location recce, after finding out about the information, one of us is going to our location to take pictures and find out the disadvantages of our location.  
  2. "You cannot be fully creative without being fully organised." "Preparation is key, nothing happens by luck." - Amar Sraan, Tuesday, 01/02/11, 13:30.
  3. Test shots - in order to get used to our location and equipment we will be using (practice shots). 
  4. Always have a shot list. 
  5. Shooting schedule - When is everyone is available and location is free
Amar <3

Friday, 28 January 2011

Ideas 4 flaShBaCkss

  • To introduce our title "apprehension" We think it would be a good idea if one of his flashbacks was of a close up of a dictionary with the word apprehension as the word he's looking up. The rest of the definition will be blurred out for a few seconds to emphasis the title.
  • Another one would be of him shaving his hair off.
  • Another being him burning a picture of a girl
  • ripping up pictures
  • smashing the glass on the floor
  • drinking smoking
  • crying
  • slamming the door
  • crying in an alley
  • And then the final one being a scene with the girl from the photo and him enjoying a happy day out as if they are going out.

Feedback from presentation of idea

  1. We have now realized that we need to do test shots of 360degree tracking shot, to work out how we can effectively and smoothly do this shot, for example using a dolly or other moving contraption. .
  2. Also we need to think of our health and safety when filming, due to the lateness of filming and how busy the main road is. 
  3. And also we need to find out how to get there and organize ourselves well.
  4. We need to consolidate our ideas for the memory flashes and work out where we are going to film theme and decide on music soundtrack.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Ideas for opening sequence

Title ideas
  • Disturbed mind
  • Neurosis
  • The Resentment
  • Apprehension
Music ideas

  • Diegetic sound of cars and footsteps etc when going through thoughts in his mind as they are walking.
  • Non diegetic sound of suspense music throughout the intro
  • Non diegetic sound of echoes of voices etc from his memories and thoughts 

Lighting Idea

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Our thriller opening sequence initial ideas

We are hoping to create a psychological thriller.

The start of the thriller will begin with the murderer walking through a dark park with thoughts flashing through his mind like the exchange of a picture of his victim, past thoughts like being with a lover (who turns out to be his victim, which fits in the sub-genre convention that the protagonist has an Achilles heel, the love for his victim) and other thoughts, with the credits passing by in a fairly plain font, which is white and bold and will side on and off the screen. At this point in time the audience has not seen his face.


As he comes to the end of the path, we want to do a 360degree tracking shot around the murderer, stopping on his face, then a zoom in on his eye, as if going into his mind.

Once in his mind, we want to show the following murder, exactly how he wants it to happen, but then we want to zoom out from his eye, coming out of his mind, to see the reality of whats going to happen. The girl he's supposed to be murdering notices him disappears, and he is unable to complete his mission.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Location for thriller!

We all agree that Steve's idea for a crime thriller is a brilliant idea but we know we need to think about it in more depth and think of a more detailed storyline.

I have found a few dirty alleys in our local area which would be perfect for the setting, one is an alley way off Wilkin Street, near mill road and another is near Waterstones in the centre of town.


Another idea is that we could use a friend's chinese restaurant, china chef, opposite the Cambridge United football ground. Also the area around there would be perfect for the crime thriller setting. WE have permission from the owners to use the restaurant.


Also near this Restaurant, Behind CU,  there is a dingy back path through some cow fields which are badly lit and would fit in with our opening sequence very well.








Monday, 24 January 2011

Ideas for thriller opening sequence

For our thriller opening sequence I propose to do a sub-genre, maybe crime?

Setting
I think setting the opening sequence in a run down area or part of a town would be good. An old, New York-style back alley with rubbish pouring onto the street, flickering lights and shattered glass to make the audience feel uneasy and uncomfotable with the area where the crime will or already has taken place.


Costume
Men's ACQUAVIVA Barathea Trench Coat Navy UK 46An old Italian-style trench coat worn by the muderer or suspected muderer in order to hide his identity and give a sense of mystery to the scene, Which should make the audience want to watch the rest of the film.
The Narrative
The opening sequence will centre around a crime or a murder. We could have the scene begining with a couple of gun shots fired in the distance and then focussing on a mysterious alley way where the suspect walks out and looks both ways and either legs it or casually tries to act like nothing has happened. The next scene cuts to the morning where two detectives are at the scene of the crime investigates and testing for finger prints. 

  

Friday, 14 January 2011

Fargo : Crime thriller intro

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FARGO



In Fargo the main theme is a kidnapping. In the opening sequence they talk about how they are planning to kidnap the protagonists wife to enable him to gain a hefty some of money from his father-in-law. This also fits with another convention of a crime thriller because you follow the planning and execution of the kidnap.


The film contains a variety of different characters from varied backgrounds e.g. Theres a duo of bounty hunters with the dopey sidekick and the stereotypical 'leader'.
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The protagonist, Jerry, is also seen as an outsider in his own family, his father-in-law says to him that Jerry's wife and son will always free of money troubles, but he doesn't include Jerry in this. Also his idea of the line between right and wrong is blurred, because any normal man wouldn't plan the kidnap of his own wife just to get money, he would do it by vaguely decent means.


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Conventions of a Action Thriller

  • From the start there is a lot of movement and action is immediate.
  • There is a high level of violence and they use a lot of weaponry e.g. Guns. There is more blood then in your average thriller.
  • A high value motive usually involving money.
  • There is a lot of secrets and manipulation of people.
  • The protagonist in a typical action thriller usually has an mental weakness or an emotional flaw; the protagonist is usually framed or is given a mistaken identity and uses brute force to escape.
  • Action thrillers usually have contrapuntal music with an action feel to them.
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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Memento opening sequence

The opening sequence of Memento is very effective and uses many different conventions to do so.

The use of the non-linear narrative and reversing of time disrupts the sense of continuity which make the perception of reality confused and not immediately perceptible. Also the use of string instruments through the theme music creates a unstable and builds tension because string instruments are built around the tension of their strings which can give them a very sharp and long sound.

The use of the panning from his point of view of the empty room helps us to identify with the main character because we are able to see through his eye. This also establishes location.


During this you are able to hear the voice of the protagonist through the use of a voiceover; this is used as a stream of consciousness to give you an insight into the psyche of the protagonist: An unstable, lonely and in a confused state which shows us that he is an unreliable and unpredictable narrator yet we are invited to identify with him.

Also one of the classic thriller conventions is that the thriller is based around a crime or a series of crimes and "Memento" links to this through the murder in the first scene.



The mise en scene show use the writing on his hand and shows us his Achilles heel, being his inability to create new memories, which makes him use his body as a notebook to remember important information. This fault makes him vulnerable to manipulation and also heartless and dangerous because he feels no remorse because he has a dual identity which enables him to kill without care or memory of his actions. Also this shot shows us that to aid his memory he also has to take polaroid pictures and keep them as mementoes of different situations he comes across, e.g the murder shown in this polaroid.



All these different conventions help to create a feeling of suspense and tension, done through subtle techniques.