Question 1 - Conventions of a thriller

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1. In what way does your thriller use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real thrillers? <br /> 2. Thriller conventions<br />The conventions of a…
  • 1. In what way does your thriller use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real thrillers? <br />
  • 2. Thriller conventions<br />The conventions of a thriller are that there is a crime at the core of the narrative, often times it is a murder but this is not always the case.<br />They also include a complex narrative structure, false paths, clues and resolutions.<br />They have a protagonist who is systematically disempowered and drawn into a complex web of intrigue by the antagonist. Next thy have extraordinary events happening in ordinary situations.<br />They have themes of identity, mirroring and voyeurism. Thrillers have a protagonist with a ‘flaw’ which is exploited by the antagonist and the titles often reflect the pro/antagonist’s state of mind.<br />There is often a scene near the end of the film in which the protagonist is in peril; lastly the mise-en-scene which echoes/mirror the protagonist’s plight.<br />
  • 3. Conventions in our thriller.<br />We used a range of thriller conventions in our film, these are that there is a crime at the core of the narrative, however, the crime is not revealed although it is made clear that there is a crime about to happen, due to this, it creates a complex narrative structure as the audience is left to think about how they think the film is going to end and what happens, however the plan may change if the film was continued.<br />There defiantly enigma in our film as the way that the film ends creates a strong sense of mystery and a puzzle which would be solved if at the end of the film. Just at the beginning of our film an extraordinary event happens in an ordinary situation, the girl is with her boyfriend at the start and they plan to go out later on and she goes home to get ready, however, she ends up getting followed and somehow the person following her gets into her house although she gets away from him and closes the front door behind her.<br />The title ‘Appear’ relates to the antagonist’s state of mind because the character is made to appear to be very desperate to get to the girl (for whatever the reason is) and somehow ends up in the girl’s house. Mise-en-scene echoes the fact the protagonist is trapped and also really highlights her dilemma.<br />
  • 4. Comparing our film to ‘The Watcher’<br />The film that influenced us is ‘The Watcher’ by Joe Charbanic; it inspired us because we thought that it would make a good opening, it is about a man called David Allen Griffin, a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations using his forensic knowledge to gain entry when she's quite alone, subdues her and administers a long, torturous death. <br />
  • 5. Comparing our film to ‘The Watcher’ II<br />Joel Campbell a detective, got so frustrated by his failure to capture Griffin in LA that he quit the FBI, moved to Chicago and remains in psychiatric therapy, unable to function normally.<br />Then he realizes, when opening his mail very late, that a new murder victim is Griffin's, and the killer sends him pictures of her.<br />Campbell reports this to the police, but is unwilling to join them in the search, suggesting Griffin is too slick and clever; yet he won't get out of it that easily.<br />This influenced us to make a mind grabbing thriller similar to this.<br />
  • 6. How Our thrill is different from other thrillers.<br />Our thriller is different to every other thriller because it is something that could happen, a lot people have been followed before and therefore it gives the film some reality and makes it seem like it is something that could happen.<br />
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