Production Report on Thriller Film

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Production Report on Thriller Film

For my production unit, I chose Brief 1: Thriller Film. This is due to

my interest in them and the

confidence I have in producing my own, which I found from GCSE

television advertising work and in my ability to deconstruct existing


In order to fulfil my brief successfully, I had to perform several

areas of research, which will make the product look like products in

real life and show that I know and can use the appropriate codes and

conventions. I also watched a non-Hollywood film, the French film 'La

Haine'. Comparing the two different sorts of films, emphasised the

codes and conventions that I needed to use for my 'classic Hollywood'

film. For example, the 180degree rule, continuity and the way sound is

constructed to fit the distance of source from camera.

To go into more detail about typical Hollywood style, I deconstructed

many sequences in terms of shots and techniques in existing Hollywood

thriller films, with a fifteen or eighteen certificate looking at the

codes and conventions specifically used in them to create the effect

desired e.g. the use of incidental music and silences; filming the

villain so his face is never fully shown; using low-key lighting to

create shadows; low and high angled shots to create the feeling of

power and control; close-ups of eyes to show fear; slow, long-held

shots to create tension. A particular favourite film of mine was

'Silence of the Lambs'- a film by Jonathan Demme, because the tension

created was a lot subtler and there was very little violence or action

in the film- the enjoyment came out of the highly detailed characters

and the i...

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... my film was an older, more sophisticated audience than

most thriller films- probably the same audience as 'Silence of the

Lambs', who will appreciate little action and detailed characters. I

think my film does target this audience as it involves complex

emotions and in the opening sequence, a lot of mystery and things to

work- it is not self-explanatory-an enigma and I think an older

audience would enjoy this factor of the film.

Overall I am pleased with the effect I have created in my sequence. I

think it sets up the rest of the film well and this opening sequence

would make an audience want to watch the rest of the film. I believe

that my film follows enough conventions to be called a 'Classic

Hollywood Realism' film and although the quality is not brilliant due

to lack of technology, I am pleased with the result.
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