Thursday, 23 December 2010

Thriller sub genres & Momento

Thriller creates suspense, by heightened level of stress or excitement that it induces in the audience. It makes the reader think that they know what is going to happen when really they do not, making them feel tense and curious of the outcome. 
A sub-genre is a film that falls under the main genre category, its recognisable distinctive features is what allows it to be classed into a sub-genre. Each sub-genre shares similar codes and conventions which make it slightly different to another sub-genre. 

Thriller films contain more than a dozen sub-genre; main thriller sub-genre’s are:  

Psychological thrillers: The conflict between the main characters is mental and emotional, rather than physical e.g. Inception (2010)
Romance thrillers: Convention includes love triangles, murders; most of the time two people overcome their difficulties and they declare their love with a final kiss e.g. All Good Things (2010).
Political thriller: In which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government that employs him. e.g. Enemy of the State (1998).
Supernatural thrillers: Film portrays un-conventional element mixed with tension, suspense and plot twists. Sometimes the hero and/or villain have some psychic ability e.g. What lies beneath (2000).
Action thrillers: Conventions include fast pacing, frequent action e.g. Deja Vu (2010).
Identity thrillers: Conventions include stolen identity, secret identity and cloning e.g. 13 movie (2010).

The clip begins with a black background and blue writing, introducing the cast names; then there is a fade which goes straight to a close up, entrapping the audience already, making them unaware of the surrounding, but curious about the picture. Not knowing what the picture is creates a sense of suspense. Non-diegetic sound of violins played in the beginning is very slow, connoting final flaw and depression.  Mise en scene helps to deepen suspense and thriller feeling due to the dead person, the blood flowing and the bullet on the floor.  Through the use of editing, reverse chronology has been used, to create a sense of thriller making the audience unaware of the preceding events, just like Leonard, thereby giving the viewer a sense of his confusion. . We know that the sub-genre of the movie is a psychological thriller; mainly due to the picture used to play with the audiences and the characters mind, as he is constantly shaking it trying to view the outcome but it keeps fading, through the editing: reverse of action.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Thriller sub genres & Enemy of the state analysis

A film sub-genre is a film that falls under one major genre but also has characteristics that can be linked to other genres.

Thrillers are no different and quite often thriller films contain sub genres such as:
Psychological thrillers: Conventions include mind games and characters having a fixation of some kind
Romance thrillers: conventions include murders, love triangles.
Political thriller: conventions include corruption (government or corporate) and espionage
Supernatural thrillers: convections include futuristic technology and aliens  
Action thrillers: convections include violent and fast paced sequences
Identity thrillers: conventions include secret identity’s and cloning

Enemy of the state:
 Throughout the clip the main camera angle used were Ariel/Birds eye views. The view from above gives the impression that people are being spied  on with the frequent appearances of props such as CCTV cameras and footage from stores and police cars .The  camera movement  of  panning well know  political buildings  such as the white house help the audience to identify with potential sub-genres. The fast passed editing helps to convey suspense’s with so many images flashing before the eyes of the audience they start to think about questions and try to come to conclusions about what will come next. The sound at the beginning of the clip is very fast paced with the distinctive sound of police sirens as the clip progresses the sounds of violins & strings become apparent which evoke empathy before silence is transitioned into the next scene before the clip comes to an end. Suspense is created in the clip by the constant movement and also the frequent changes in sound which change the mood and tempo of the clip .

Monday, 13 December 2010


Suspense is a feeling of excitement but also anxiety in waiting for a decision or something to happen, a uncertainty about the outcome of certain actions most often referred to audiences perceptions in a dramatic work.Suspense operates in many situations and forms one common one is  the use of suspense in films; an audience experiences suspense in a dramatic scene when they expect something bad to happen.

This clip is  from  the Shining  from 1980. There's a low angle over the shoulder shot of the boy riding around the corridor. The tracking reveals the mise en scene and the surrounding of the place. This creates tension of the strange atmosphere. The strings cause a screeching sound to create heavy edge to the scene; this makes the audience feel fear for the vulnerable child.

Our first ever post

 Today we have been split into different groups for the Thriller Title Sequence project. The people in our groups are Patrycja, Danielle, Rahwa and Nelema and we are group 2 ( the only all girl group :))