The lighting is going to be fairly dark and chiaroscuro to build up the fear of what could be evil. Stained glass windows carry on with the religious aspect as stained windows are continuously used in churches and there are lamps and candles underneath the window. This genre usually has mise-en-scene with masks or cloaks as dress codes to create a malefactor but we have chosen the unknown like some other more modern films such as “the Blair witch” also in the 90’s. Things that aren’t seen tend to be more frightening because we don’t actually know what’s there and how scary it is which creates more fear. Diegetic sounds such as footsteps, breathing and screaming are used to shock and scare which builds up the fear more. In this opening sequence there are no characters actually shown but the sounds such as screams and breathing show that there is someone there but at the moment only one characters presence is heard and this is to shock and scare our audience as you can only guess where the screams coming from making it more frightening.
There is no acting in our sequence but the screams and heavy breathing help the character express herself showing that she’s scared so by the subtext we can see she is feeling this with no actual speech.
In the cinematography we are having a mixture of slow and fast editing connoting suspense and action so the tension is built up and the audience is kept interested. We are trying to achieve shots and angles that are connoting an atmosphere of tension and vulnerability. The distance from the camera shouldn’t be so far away at the action shots so the viewer isn’t so threatened a close up is more visible and more tension’s created. Some of the edits that are jerky create unease change of rhythm make audience feel uneasy.
The target audience is aimed for both genders of teenagers and young adults as its plot isn’t too predictable and involves using your imagination. They like fast edits as the younger generation don’t like films that drag on they like a variety of changes from previous films but some similarities that worked is a good idea twists in the stories are good too. It interests people who like being shocked and surprised as there maybe moments that might make you jump it would also target people who have a very wide imagination as there is no obvious malefactor. It would also target people with simple lives as the space and emptiness connotes the simple life the nuns used to live.
There’s a focus on the moon, a zoom to close up to connote emotion and loneliness there is a close up on the isolated house immediately afterwards. The moon is an inspiration from “misery” filmed in the 90’s. There are other inspirations in our sequence such as the very effective camera shots inspired from “Halloween” which we liked and used. The fear of the unknown makes films spooky. The screaming at the end of “Blair witch” we used as an inspiration, it shows no one visibly identifiable but movements and sounds are heard due to this the audience are able to use their imagination of who’s in the house and of who the scream is coming from.
My job in the group is the creative person. My main objective will be deciding on the music to match the generic conventions of the horror and theme of our story such as spooky music, clashing chords, eerie sounds to give it suspense and to build up the atmosphere. The diegetic sounds like screams, footsteps, and breathing are used to help build up the tension the sound gives the viewer an idea of what could be there. The inspiration of religious music was from “The candy man” an exorcist religious controversial theme. The spiritual side gave us an inspiration for the plot.