In what ways does your media product use, develop / challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
I believe that my media product both strays from and abides by the typical conventions that are associated with the genre of thriller. This particular type of film relies on building suspense throughout that causes the audience to tense and anticipate what is next. After a lot of research I found that the majority of thriller films achieve this by manipulating sound, camera and editing techniques. This is further controlled by the props, narrative, font and locations of the production.
There are a range of different types of film openings in the thriller genre, most with a strong narrative. Although my product has no obvious narrative, due to the location being a studio and the lack of speech, a subtle story line can be displayed by the chronological order of the props that are introduced. For example at the start we establish the characters and then after forty seconds the drugs and alcohol appear and then slowly so are the guns. This is not a conventional narrative technique, however it introduces an insinuation that the characters are associated with wealth and non ethical activities such as gambling, narcotics and alcohol. Therefore my media products strays from those of typical thrillers that have a solid narrative opening with speech and establishing shots of the locations, which can be seen in film openings such as ‘Taken’, ‘Get Out’ and ‘Jason Bourne’.
I filmed my opening in a professional studio which allowed me to capture clear and crisp shots in a controlled environment. This is different to usual thriller film openings where a strong narrative can be used, as discussed before, however this can also be seen in openings that rely heavily on effects, such as many of the James Bond films, for example ‘Spectre’ and ‘Gold Finger’. Therefore in my opening I abide by some types thriller film openings by shooting in a studio.
In my film opening I use many props, which allow me to provide hints and ideas to the audience about the narrative of the film but also connections between the characters and these props. My products features close up shots of dice, drugs, poker chips, alcohol, guns and a dealer disk from a gambling set. All together I aimed to imply the dangers of such activities with wealth. ‘Casino Royale’ is an example of using props to make insinuations throughout by following a theme of playing cards. James bond shoots his way through imagery of moving cards accompanied by the song lyrics ‘Arm yourself because no one else here will save you The odds will betray you’.
The props I have used are very typical and common in a thriller film opening shown by media products such as ‘Jason Bourne’ and the constant appearance of guns, therefore my video complies with these conventions.
Jason Bourne film opening using guns:
My film opening using guns:
I used a simplistic white font to display the names of the cast and crew, which can be seen in many thriller film openings as they are conventionally fast paced so an easy to read font is required. Therefore in this way I have abided by the conventions of thriller film openings by using simplistic font that does not distract the audience.
My film opening font:
James Bond film opening font:
The song I chose for my film opening is very dramatic and compliments the genre of thriller very well. It has hard beats that allow me to cut clips in time with the music creating a smooth flow, but also tense opening with dramatic cuts. I also utilise silence at the beginning of the film with echoed footsteps that creates a tense scene with anticipation of whats to come. This is very typical for thriller films using a quiet scene that emphasises any other sounds and creates a climax of tensity. I also use diegetic sounds, for example a gun being cocked and wine being poured. This reminds us and enhances the presence of certain features, in this case the props, which are an essential part of the narrative.
I used quick cutting of the footage in my film on time with dramatic music to enhance the tensity of each clip. I manipulated the speed of some clips for example speeding up footage where movement would be more dramatic and when accompanied by a sharper movement. I also slowed down some clips, for example the poker chips falling and ricocheting of one another, to emphasise the kinetic energy and the effect of the collision creating underlying meaning representing the two characters lives.
The overall theme would be focused on crime and the associated danger of wealth and greed. This can be seen in a lot of thriller genre films for example The Boiler Room, Wall Street, Arbitrage and In Time.