Evaluation Part 1

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

For this question I created a prezzie which took up to 2 hours and a half


We tried to do something a little different to your average horror thriller. Rather than using the typical conventions of a horror thriller by frightening them to a point where they no longer can bare to look at the screen, our group decided to do something slightly different by having that element of rising fear being presented yet at the same time making the audience question what is going. Furthermore, our group challenged existing thriller openings by adding a psychological element onto the horror element of the thriller opening. We combined the two types of thriller together by having a psychological feel to it due to mentally disturbed women having flashbacks of her past.


We used a lot of point of view shots which added to the thrill of the opening as we challenged the audience’s emotions through our opening by creating a sense of fear but at the same time building a sense of sympathy for the women which broke the typical conventions in order for the audience to be curious as to what they should be feeling and more importantly what is going to happen next?


We used typical conventions specifically from the thriller opening Se7en as I really liked the idea of objects being shown significance to after Hitchcock speaking about objects being the key to building suspense. The thriller opening Se7en presented random objects throughout which did exactly that. We started off the thriller opening with a ballerina musical box spinning as the camera shot became closer and closer which created suspense as there was no one else in the shot and the musical box was spinning showing signifcance to it which built suspense levels.


Filming Day 2

Again our group assembled with the equipment after school to the same music room. It was difficult to assure that all the props were in the exact same place as it was yesterday to keep up the continuity editing. This took roughly 10 minutes whilst I went to Miss Warner’s office to ask her whether she was ready for us to film her. She told us she will be there in couple of minutes so myself and the group assured that all the equipment was in the correct place ready to film as soon as she approached. As Miss Warner came into the music room we explained to her what she is required to do. She sat down as I was filming her from behind to capture an over the shoulder shot which was difficult to do without capturing the mirror in the back. Once I was able to do this, with the help of the group who helped move the camera at an angle, it all was coming together as the shot by shot list was effectively guiding what steps to do next. Miss Warner very helpfully was giving new ideas and what she could do in order to make the thriller even better than it was and our group were open to listening to it. After we completely finished filming. We briefly discussed what there is yet outstanding to be filmed which was the flashback scene to when she is being kidnapped. The group decided that not many people would be required for this scene but one camera person and the teenage actor and Nabila who was also starring in it.

Overall, there were not any problems that occurred during the filming scene and it flowed well due to Miss Warner being there to guide and give tips to us when in confusion.

Filming Day 1

After being told what times it would be appropriate for our group to film. Myself and the group headed down to the music room after school with the HD camera and the tripod alongside the props such as the mirror, makeup, musical ballerina box and table cloth. Amrit set up the table which would be filmed whilst the rest fixed the camera and the light so that the dark, scary lighting was perfect. We decided that we would film the teenage girl dressing up in front of the mirror first. Molly sat down whilst the cinematographer- Amrit set up the shot starting from over the shoulder shot to the reaction shot from the mirror. The shots and filming went well and according to the shot by shot list. Although there were some difficulties with getting the perfect lighting from time to time as it either turned too dark that it was difficult to see or it was too light that the ‘scary location’ element was being prevented.

One problem that occurred on the first day was the camera itself! The group were just struggling to get  a grip as to how to use it and it took some time to get use to it.


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A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot. It is made up of a number of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene and what’s being said in the script during that shot.  Think of it as sort of a comic book version of your script.



Equipment booking

Our group had to hire out the filming equipment from the Media department. We all payed £10  deposit to borrow the camera beforehand and we took the equipment for that week to film.

I also went to the music department and asked the whether we could use one of the music rooms to film our thriller opening and the teacher informed us when the rooms are free which were after school.

Constraints, initial ideas, decision making and proposal

For the thriller opening, I had initially thought of couple of idea’s which I will be sharing with you guys. I came up with these by starting off by asking myself ‘What actually scared me?’ I did this in order to try and relate to something that I feel passionately about and therefore would be able to grasp the element and get the best outcome out of it. What I did not however want to do is create cliché thriller that we’ve seen and heard about a thousand times ‘kidnapping scene by a scary man’ NO, I was thinking more like something new, fresh and out of the box. This massively influenced my idea. It’s amusing to some but yes, as you’ve read in a previous post if you remember, I am scared of OLD WOMEN. Something about them just sends chills down my spine. So I told the girls about basing our thriller on something related to an old woman, at first they did not seem too intrigued but as I began to develop the idea they began to throw in a few extra details further improving our thriller idea.

Another idea in which myself and my group were enticed by was influenced by our class teacher handing out a piece of equipment onto the table and us as a group having to come up with a thriller opening idea based around that item. Myself and the girls were given celotape, we immediately thought of a murder that sticks people up against the wall until they suffocate. This idea we thought could have been because of a psychological trauma that murderer faced as a child and there was a deeper meaning behind the celotape itself. But for me at this point, the idea just wasn’t thrilling enough at this point and predictably enough I thought to juice up the thriller story-line, the murder should be old, innocent looking women. Leaving how she taped these people in such a violent manner up against the wall a mystery. I pictured the old woman’s face to remain a mystery and only the back of her ‘innocent’ self always being presented to the audience with that black and white tint would do the trick. It just makes everything seem so much more surreal and dangerous and above all mysterious:



So my idea of the initial thriller opening scene was based around that of SE7EN, having a very suspense filled thriller by using one of Hitcock’s techniques of building suspense through objects. It would be an old woman’s hand at work, ripping celotape and cutting out victim children who she will be after next. I further developed this idea by suggesting the sound affects of an old woman speaking a foreign language and cackles in the background. The thought of that traumatised me and that’s the exact effect I was looking to create through our thriller opening.

Okay so our final idea for the thriller opening was based around an old woman but after discussing our opening plan with our teacher, she explained how a kidnapping scenario is too cliché and nearly all of the groups were choosing kidnap based stories. She told us to change up the story line a little but she liked the idea of the old woman so to keep that element of the story. We came up with an old woman who has been kidnapped at a young age and kept in that room ever since and has become mentally unstable. That woman is stuck on what she last did as that little girl. She violently puts on makeup in front of the mirror and there are flashbacks of when she was being kidnapped and when she was putting on makeup as a young girl.



To film our thriller opening, we had to come up with a suitable location which was also available to use. Our group thought of many locations where we could have filmed which were all located out of school and was difficult to film whilst it was available. We then began to think of places that we could use which were located inside of the school. The only available and most convenient place to film was in an empty music room in the drama department. I chose this location to film the scene’s where the character is left over time after being kidnapped.