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Evaluation Question One
AS Level Media Studies
Suzanne Cole…read more

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Alarm clock
In the establishing shot the only part of a person seen is a hand and little
else is revealed so that the audience are unsure who the person is. Most
people are curious and by making it so that they can't see the person's
face they want to know who the person is, creating a sense of secrecy as it
suggests that the person doesn't want to be seen. This fits with the usual
conventions of a thriller film as it is conventional to convey a sense of
secrecy such as in 'Enemy of the State' or 'Ronin'. The clock is positioned
slightly off of centre to suggest that something isn't quite right; something
exactly in the centre would convey an idea of fitting in yet the clock isn't,
suggesting that the
person whose hand
enters the frame is
disjointed and
unpredictable, not fitting
with society or with what
is usually expected of a
person, prefiguring what
is to happen, causing a
feeling of unease.…read more

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Beth's feet
This shot is following a jump cut from one of the glass. By jump cutting from one to the
other it's jarring signifying that the perspective has altered. This frame is in colour where-as
those before it were in a black and white filter emphasising that this is from a different
perspective from those before it; it is the first indication the audience has that two different
lives are being shown however, I have deliberately made this shot shorter than the others so
that the audience see very little and are kept intrigued by the addition of another person and
the possibility of the two people meeting. The sense of there being an oncoming meeting
between the two people is a usual form of a thriller, a similar technique is used in `Ronin'; the
camera `searches' a cityscape first before revealing DeNiro. I decided to instead create a
similar idea by how the frame is initially empty before the girl's feet enter rather than
searching a landscape as I thought that this better fitted with my plotline.
The most dominant thing in the shot is actually the background to suggest that the girl is
currently of no particular significance as she could be anyone. This subverts thriller
conventions as the protagonist is usually dominant, but I have deliberately done this to cause
the audience to undermine her importance so that at the end of the opening they are left to
question why she is being targeted by the antagonist.…read more

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Beth's hands in pockets
Beth is now however the
most dominant thing in the frame, suggesting that she
currently has a growing
dominance and importance in the film however, her hands
are in her pockets
undermining this suggested growing confidence and
importance. It suggests that she is actually anxious as she
feels the need to hide her hands and keep them close to her body, causing the
audience to question why she is anxious. As she walks the camera also tracks her,
keeping her in the center of the shot and so in the focus of the audience suggesting
to the audience that she is the protagonist and should be trusted, much like is done
is `Enemy of the State' when the camera tracks the older man, not `Glasses Man'. I
have decided to use this same element of camera movement to remain true to a
usual thriller film and its conventions as it creates an alliance between the audience
and protagonist. I however have developed this by not showing her face so it's still
unclear to the audience whether she is the antagonist or protagonist.
However by having her in a colour filter and the other girl in black and white it not
only demonstrates that it's a differing perspective, but also conveys an idea that this
girl (Beth) is open with the audience and more trustworthy than the other as the
black and white filter creates a sense of shadows and darkness. In thrillers lighting
is conventionally darker and includes shadows when showing the antagonist (such
as in `Taken'), so I have made this distinction between the two people.…read more

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In this shot I have positioned the camera so that it's over the shoulder of the antagonist. An
over shoulder shot normally suggests that the person in the frame is trustworthy and in a
position of protecting the audience, yet she is the antagonist. I have done this to challenge
the audience as it creates a conflict of alliances as they don't know who to trust since they are
still unsure who is the antagonist and protagonist, despite the different filters; this is because I
wanted to intrigue my audience and involve them. I have used this idea from the opening of
`Ronin' where there is an on-going conflict of alliance with either De Niro or the woman who is
shown. I used this particular element as it creates more confusion and so a sense of unease,
reminding the audience that anything could happen. I however developed it by showing both
perspectives extensively, allowing the audience to make their own decision of who to trust.
In addition the camera is positioned above her, suggesting an inferiority which conveys an
idea that she is unthreatening in order to cause the audience to undermine her, making it all
the more shocking later in the opening when the axe is revealed. In front of her an open
laptop can be seen which suggests that she is open and honest, as the audience can see
what she sees, suggesting that she has nothing to hide; although this is contradicted by the
fact that her face still hasn't been revealed, again to cause further conflict. This conflict is
conventional of thrillers and used in the
opening of `Enemy of the State' fulfilling conventions but, I however
decided to not show my antagonist's face, subverting
them also as I felt that this better fit my opening, helping
to create an atmosphere of suspense.…read more

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There is then a series of shots with relatively quick cuts between them to show a
conflict of the two lives of the girls as the shots jump cut between the two
I included this shot of the antagonist as it details her putting on make-up,
suggesting vanity and a sense that it is important to her how she looks to other
people. I have done this since in my first edit I showed too little of her as an
ordinary person which caused it to seem as though she was a psychopath without
reason. But by including shots such as this which detail her doing ordinary,
mundane things it gives her an identity as well, moving my opening thoroughly
away from the horror genre and firmly in the thriller genre. It alters the audience's
perceptions since where they might have once thought her deranged, they now
can see that she too is a person with reason. This is a pastiche from the film
`Memento' when two perspectives are shown but from the same point of view, in
one of which a murderer is seen doing usual tasks. This
particular technique I found effective to use
in the beginning of my opening as it causes the audience
to empathise for the girl before the
opening develops further.…read more

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