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APPROX 13-14 SLIDES.1

What is your final film idea?

Although we each had separate ideas which all sounded really good, we couldnt find a way to link them together and create a final idea with an interesting synopsis.

However, after doing some research into existing movies (from the PowerPoint's we each made) we realised some overlaps in conventions. We also found relevant information within our surveys and this created the links between our ideas.

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INITIALLY

We all had different ideas that we were aimlessly throwing around. Not much actually fitted in together. But after doing some personal interviews, having our target audience complete our survey and with the inspiration from the movies we did our individual research on, we found many conventions that were included in most to all of our opening sequences and this created links between our ideas and merged them to create something that were all happy with.

Essentially we had ideas but the conventions helped us build on these ideas creating one concrete synopsis were all happy with.

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What is your final film idea? Why did you pick it?

We all agreed that our final idea would be about a psychopath (being our protagonist) who was bullied in high school. This will be brought out through the a series of montages and flashbacks. In the present day, our protagonist will be taking revenge on those who bullied him in high school by torturing them and giving them a slow and painful death. The protagonist will be unknown throughout the opening sequence to create mystery and screen tension.

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OUR IDEA

We all agreed that our final idea would be about a psychopath (being our protagonist) who was bullied in high school. This will be brought out through the a series of montages and flashbacks. In the present day, our protagonist will be taking revenge on those who bullied him in high school by torturing them and giving them a slow and painful death. The protagonist will be unknown throughout the opening sequence to create mystery and screen tension.

WHY?

We thought that the series of close ups and vagueness together will have the audience asking questions and wanting to know more. This synopsis will of course be clear to the viewers but the opening sequence wont give away too much detail making the audience disinterested in watching the entire movie.3

What is your genre?

We decided as a group to use the genre of crime/psychological thriller as this seemed to be the most popular sub genre of a thriller film. This was voted the most popular genre within our survey and we decided as a group this would be the best genre and we came up with some exciting ideas to use within the sequence.

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What key conventions are you going to use? Link to research.

Due to our selection of the genre crime/psychological thriller, we had to consider including conventions which would exist in this type of genre. The following are these conventions:

Introduction of protagonistLow-key lighting/shadowsFlashbacksFast-paced editingWeapons (preferably sharp)

Productions logoBloodClose ups Vagueness

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What key conventions are you going to use? Link to research.

Production LogoThe opening sequences to all movies have a production logo. Thus, to add to the verisimilitude since its a fundamental convention (regardless of the genre), we will include this in our opening sequence.

Blood and Close ups (use of props)The close ups will be part of a bigger picture/situation. For example, we may use a leaking sandwich bag of fake blood which drops onto a puddle on the floor. The bag will obviously not be shown as the close up would be of the puddle.

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What key conventions are you going to use? Link to research.

Vagueness The use of close ups, previously talked about, will have vague elements. Furthermore, avoiding the filming of the protagonists face creates vagueness and causes the audience to ask questions. Also, it adds to the mystery which is a typical thriller convention

Introduction of protagonistUsing low angles, the characterisation of the protagonist will be developed. I.e. he will come across as superior and in control of the situation and the audience will see him this way.

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What key conventions are you going to use? Link to research.

Low-key lightingWe aim to create a scene with low-key lighting since this is a very effective convention in a thriller movie that adds to the suspicious and eerie vibe given off. We aim to pull this off by filming indoors and blocking doors and windows with black paper/sheets. This will darken the room and give that mysterious feel.

FlashbacksThe flashbacks will give an insight into the motive and reasoning behind the torture and murdering. We will change the saturation and edit the video to make it seem like a flashback.

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What key conventions are you going to use? Link to research.

Fast-paced editing Editing will go from fast forwarded/speeding up to normal or slow motion. For example, if the camera is creating a POV shot and following a woman walking down an alley, we speed up editing to when camera is directly behind the woman. This should disorientate the audience.

Weapons Use props which connote danger to have the audience link the protagonist with danger (further characterisation of protagonist) and have them asking questions

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All conventions are interconnected and impact/link to each other.

Our research from the survey shows these genre conventions to be the most popular so therefore we will use these as much as possible to build tension within the opening sequence

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What characters will be shown?

Protagonist psychopath (previous victim)Woman victim (previous bully) Other characters/womans friends (other previous bullies)

The opening sequence will be shown from the protagonists point of view as he is shown collecting information and photographs of a young woman (the victim stated above). Through the montage of shots and the cross cuts between the flashbacks and present day, the audience should understand the situation.

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Protagonist psychopath (previous victim)Woman victim (previous bully) Other characters/womans friends (other previous bullies)

FARZEEN:No narration. Already very jumpy and complex. Flashbacks tell enough of the story.Straight into the action. Thus, VO not appropriate.Intro of character will be done through cam angles and flashbacks. Although voice over would give an insight into his mentality, it wont be necessary

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How does the protagonist compare to real characters from the genre? We would most likely compare our main character to the serial killer from the movie Se7en, a cunning and evil psychopath. We will present the man negatively through the use of camera shots and low-key lighting to show his darkness and inner evil. In the movie shutter island the main character who is played by Leonardo Dicaprio is a psychopath who kills his wife which is revealed in a plot twist towards the end of the film. The film used lots of cliffhangers and thriller genre conventions which we will also being using to create suspense and mystery.

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What will be your visual style (mise-en-scene, camera, editing)? Discus some elements and explain why you have chosen them.

The following are some of the visual style elements we are to use

Our overall visual style will include dark colours and low-key lighting since this creates the mysterious vibe mentioned earlier.

Non diegetic soundtrack to accompany our use of close-ups and shaky hand-held camera shots will build suspense and fear.

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We will also use mise-en-scene elements such as blood which connotes danger and rope to connote torture and other thriller conventions.

We will create the movie scary but interesting, encouraging the audience to want more. We will use the editing technique of cross-cutting camera shots, as mentioned earlier, to allow the audience to make links and understand the storyline.

We have chosen these since we have realised many of these elements have been used in successful thriller movies and our target audience believe many of these make up good thriller movie.

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Our final idea has been influenced by the audience through the use of our ideas mixed with the answers to our survey questions. For example, when we first chose our movie genre we settled on the idea of a psychological thriller but after receiving the feedback from the survey from our target audience we decided to change the genre to psychological/crime thriller as this was voted the most popular. We also used various other answers from our survey to adapt our ideas to what our target audience would like to see within the movie and to fit their specific choices

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Overall our film is going to be unique because we are planning on centrering it on a protagonist who plots to torture old enemies from his past, of which we will show how he has come to despise them. We think continuously showing the past and cross cutting to the present will create screen tension and mystery.

Another selling point is having minimal dialogue and instead having the story told through flashbacks and the emotions of characters. Our movie will be unique and like no other since dialogue often plays a huge part in telling the story.

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