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Production Advice from your chief examiner

This is a link to his fabulously helpful blog:

His latest post HERE is all about production tips - Have a good look and be as successful as you can be with your coursework!


Mr Molloy's Group

Two tasks were due today: the Juno opening and the 9-frame analysis of the Seven opening. George managed to do a good job on the Seven analysis - no one else has posted either task. Leena, your last post was over a month ago. What's going on?


AS Treatments - Very well done to you all!

I have been so impressed with the level of thinking and planning. Here are the videos: (embed your respective vid into your blog)


Thriller Generic Conventions

Thriller conventions ( with thanks, to Longroadmedia who posted this originally on their blog.)

Obviously, many thrillers these days are hybrids ie. they draw from more than 1 set of conventions. However, it is still possible to create a list of thriller conventions. Consider the list below in your analysis and technical construction of a thriller:

Thriller Generic Characteristics

The narrative centres around a crime eg. a theft or a murder.

The protagonist is fallible and has an 'Achilles heel' that is exploited by the antagonist.

The title of the thriller may relate to this weakness eg Vertigo and Insomnia.

The protagonist will be seen 'in peril' in one or more scenes before the resolution.

The antagonist ensnares the protagonist in an increasingly complex web, until the protagonist feels isolated and helpless.

The narrative presents ordinary situations in which extraordinary things happen.

Micro elements combine in a build up of suspense. ( Micro means film elements like camerawork, sound, narrative, genre, mise-en-scene, lighting, costumes, actors and facial expressions, etc.)

Themes of identity are common: mistaken identity, doubling/doppelgangers, amnesia.

Themes of seeing, reflection and mirroring. Manipulation of perspectives, visual McGuffins, and optical illusions are common.

The audience of a thriller is placed in the ambiguous position of voyeur. Voyeurism can also be a theme and the objectification of female characters is common especially in earlier thrillers.

A series of/ one important enigma(s) are/is set up in the opening sequence of the film, is further complicated during the first part of the film and only resolved at the very end.