• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Manipulation AS Media Thriller Proudction Report

Extracts from this document...


AS Media Thriller Production Report (Mark sheet included) Research The task was to produce the opening sequence to a thriller. The sequence should be between two and three minutes in length and should include titles for the film. In our group was Emma, Kim and Bill. Our group's aim was to produce a sequence which looked professional but on a limited budget. As a group we had worked together before on a previous project which went well but we wanted to improve our planning to have more time editing the sequence. We watched a few films to get an idea of the conventions of a thriller. There are several types of thrillers including detective like Seven and Along Came a Spider. There is also the action thriller like Lethal Weapon and Gone in Sixty Seconds. Most of the films concentrated their opening sequence on introducing the characters and building suspense. We liked the way in which Seven tries to give the audience clues about the film in the sequence without giving the whole film away. We were targeting an audience group between I8 and 30 as this range were old enough to understand the underlying clues and are not too easily shocked. In ourfilm we wanted to play with the audience's senses and confuse, them so we agreed that this age range were more likely to accept anything we could throw at them. The people we would expect to watch our film are people who like murder mysteries with a edge. ...read more.


We wanted to construct our title in Premiere after we had got the rhythm of the sequence right in iMovie. This was to enable us to have more control over the titles in terms of where they were placed and how they moved. The font was chosen because it had the effect of being home-made, so it fitted with the sequence of the man making the doll. The titles were only going to be shown over the shots of the man making the doll because it would have spoiled the effect of the girl being very normal if we had put our vibrating text over her shots. Construction We decided not to have a establishing shot, and to start with a close-up. This was so the audience have no idea where they are or what is going to happen; this creates suspense in the audience. The first shot is of the man's hands putting latex gloves on, which will get people thinking he is preparing to do something. The next shot is of Emma's eye in extreme close-up. This shot is supposed to unsettle the audience as the eye takes up the nearly the whole screen, and people are usually very un-easy about seeing a eye that close up. This will put many questions into the audience's heads - Who is the girl?, What is going on with the mans hands?, Is there a link between them? After a few parallel cuts it becomes apparent to the audience that the hands are making a doll, but it's not clear why yet. ...read more.


The audience understood we were trying to keep information from them by using the close ups. They also liked the way we had cut Emma's face up, focusing on different points on her face to isolate parts so she became more of a object-figure then a real person. Several people enjoyed our use of parallel editing gradually establishing the link between different parts of the narrative and creating a rhythm. The parallel editing was also used to emphasis the sinisterness of what the killer is doing, like in the shots which cut from Emma combing her hair to the killer fingering the hair on the doll. This set of shots was my personal favourite part of the sequence, as it really has a effect on the audience. I had some doubts about whether the music really worked, because it wasn't really music, it was just a load of weird drones and noises. But the audience commented that the music seemed to be an underlying rumbling sense of threat. This has broadened my thoughts on the type of music you can put onto the visuals, and in future work I will consider the same type of sound track. Some people didn't understand why we had put the feedback on the sequence, which in my mind meant that it stood out, so it didn't work very well. I think our sequence would lead very well into the rest of the film as it doesn't give too much away. This was confirmed when we asked the audience and they came up with several different opinion as to what will happen. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. Cape Fear plus more thriller assignment

    An iconic image for this poster would me the thrilling tired eyes of a murderer, it really targets the thriller genre and puts a certain scare into the poster, and the style of the poster with a dark setting and the lightning shows examples of images associated to a thriller

  2. Production Report

    age range lower, the younger audiences may of found it hard to understand the storyline, this is just because of scenes such as murders, investigations, etc. I got my inspiration from movies such as The Bone Collector and Saw. Any audiences who like the films mentioned previously will like the film that I have produced.

  1. Practical production essay- thriller

    We came up with many ideas. We considered making a thriller about a mad man who gets pleasure from murdering people and taking their body parts. We decided not to use this idea as it would be difficult to make it look realistic.

  2. How do the opening sequences of Dracula and Frankenstein position the audience?

    For instance in the very first action scene, the lighting is incredibly dim with only relatively bright light coming from the small number of rocking lamps along the ship. This instils the same fear as the one caused by the silhouettes in Dracula - the fear of the unknown.

  1. Gladiator Media Assignment

    The use of shadow also links in with the caption, as it is changing (or rises) from dark to light. This could represent the rise of the hero from the dark to the light. This makes the potential moviegoer's wonder what difficulties the hero might endure, if any, to reach the light.

  2. Lethal weapon and Seven

    In both films codes of enigma feature strongly. They are used in Seven more to explain the murders each one being a deadly sin. In Lethal weapon they are used to explain the mysterious character of Michael Hunnsecker and of the younger cop. Codes of enigma make both films more interesting and add depth and make the storyline deeper.

  1. Interview With Perry Wang at Media Revolution

    Have you found they are resistant or simply don't see the point? PWang: The studios we work with are extremely interested in emerging technologies, but don't always have the content to support them. Without great content (or a steady stream of it), new technology is meaningless.

  2. My evaluation for 'Grease'.

    There are not a lot of special effects except for when they are in the car chase and the car lifts off the ground and into a puddle when Danny is about to win the race. The women are represented in different ways especially the popular girls aka The Pink Ladies are shown as different people.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work