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Leoni Heyn,  Olivia  Exton  &  Sophie  Kirschke  

 

How does  product  USE,  DEVELOP,  CHALLENGE  forms   and  conventions  of  real  media  products?     The  task  for  our  media  product  was  to  create  an  opening  for  a  thriller   film  using  the  common  codes  and  conventions  we  had  studied   previously.     Our  film  opening  is  about  crime  and  a  murder,  which  are  typical   conventions  of  a  thriller  film.    The  opening  starts  with  an  opening  tilt   of  the  legs  and  bin  bag  of  a  murderer.  The  custome  lets  the  audience   presume  that  the  murderer  is  a  man.  This  would  be  typical  for  a   thriller  antagonist.    This  tilt  also  creates  tension  right   from  the  beginning  because  of  the  blood  on  the  hands   and  because  the  audience  don’t  know  what  is  in  the   bin  bag.  Furthermore  this  is  happening  in  an  isolated   location  what  creates  tension  as  well.    Our  film   opening  is  about  common  fears  of  being  alone  with  a   murderer  in  an  isolated  location  and  of  getting  killed.  When  the   innocent  girl  is  coming  we  used  red  colours  to  connote  danger.  The   audience  expect  her  to  be  the  next  victim  when  we  used  the  over   shoulder  shot  but  this  is  a  red  hering,  which  is  also  a  typical   convention  of  a  thriller  film.    We  used  everyday  settings  because  it  is   more  realistic.    There  is  a  twist  in  the  plot  because  the  murderer   doesn’t  kill  the  girl.    In  the  first  two  scenes  we  used  filters  to  create   more  tension.  The   first  scene  is  in  grey   tones  because  it  is   more  dramatic.  For   the  chasing  scene  we   tried  to  film  in  the   evening  but  then  it   was  too  dark  so  we   filmed  the  chasing   scene  a  second  time   in  daylight  and  used   a  day  into  night  filter  

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Leoni Heyn,  Olivia  Exton  &  Sophie  Kirschke  

 

to make  the  scene  darker  and  create  more  tension.     We  used  plain  titles  because  we  learned  that  thriller  titles  should  be   simple.     We  developed  the  conventions  because  we  used  a  lot  of  obvious   flashbacks  to  create  a  non-­‐linear  opening,  which  is  one  of  the  typical   thriller  openings.    The  title  “The  Tattooed  Woman”  is  unusual   because  it  already  says  who  is  the  murderer.  The  twist  in  our  film   opening  is  that  in  the  beginning  the  audience  think  that  the  woman  is   the  victim  but  then  it  turns  out  that  she  actually  is  the  murderer  and   the  victim  is  a  man.  This  is  also  unusual  for  a  thriller  film.     Our  media  product  challenges  conventions  because  the  antagonist  is   female:  this  is  different  from  the  norm.  Also  he  is  not  only  a   murderer,  she  also  represents  a  high  social  economic  group  because   she  is  a  housekeeper  and  a  girlfriend.  It  seems  like  she  has  a  dual   personality.        

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