Risk Assessments of filming
Before we start filming, we will make sure that we have permission to film where we want so we don’t upset or disrupt anyone. We will also have a walk-through of where we want to film so we get used to the set and to know which places in it we want to film shots it. We will also make a list of all the props, equipment and actors we need so we know what to get for what days we will be filming.
In most opening sequences in films, there are titles. The people in these titles are usually some of the most important people in the film, there are seven main people; the production company, producer, director, star and co-star, director of photography and production manager. When making our titles we much consider the transaction, font, font size, duration, colour, effect and position of the titles on the screen. We will look at two different thriller opening sequences to see how they presented the aspects shown above.
One of the main titles sequences we have looked at was Se7en. These titles are mostly separated from the footage, however, they all over lap on different parts of the footage and use special effects to give the exciting or scary feel to the scene. In the opening sequence of Se7en the titles are in typewriter font and handwriting, people’s names are in handwriting whereas other words are in a normal typewriter font. During the title sequence there is no major difference in title size and duration time on-screen for different people or actors.
The props we will be using are:
A photo frame with a picture of out main characters, in summer, plating ringa-ringa-roses. This will be used in the bedroom scene, as a trigger to a flashback memory. It will be in Josephine’s bedroom on her bed side table. This is important in our thriller as it’s a flashback to an important trigger.
Fake blood. Fake blood will also be used in the bedroom scene on Josephine’s hands. This shot will be very quick, as its meant to scare. She will have blood on her hands as it links into the murders she has committed, and because the audience don’t yet know about the murders, this keeps them questioning why she has blood on her hands.
Kitchen Knife. In the kitchen scene, Josephine will be picking up a kitchen knife, and hold it up like she is about to stab something, and then she will stab a chopping board. As the knife is in the chopping board, the title of the film will appear. The knife is important because the way Josephine will use it in the beginning of the film will frighten people as it looks like she is about to stab someone. The knife is also one of the murder weapons she will use later in the film.
Bandana. A bandanna will be casually placed on the banister on the top of the stairs, which Josephine will knock off. The bandana belongs to her brother and is a key part of his personality in the film, which is revealed later on.
The settings we want to film at, are:
A girls bedroom. We will be filming in a girls bedroom, which will be Josephine’s bedroom. Josephine’s bedroom will be decorated with typical teenage style, such as posters of her favorite bands/singers/films, (some of which out target audience will like, so they can connect to the character) and stereotypically messy, so the target audience can relate to Josephine’s teenage personality as it can reflect their own.
A kitchen. We need to film in a kitchen as it is an importance place for the knife scene, which is also where the viewers see the title of the film.
A staircase/hallway. We need to film in a hallway which leads onto a staircase as we have the bandanna scene. The hallway also leads from Josephine’s bedroom to the kitchen so there is a smooth transition from bedroom to kitchen, with detail in the middle.
Garden. We have to film in a garden as we need the garden for an important flashback scene which is vital for our film.
Most of the character in out thriller opening will be wearing their own clothing, apart from Josephine, who in the bedroom and kitchen scene will be wearing her pyjamas, as she has just got out of bed.
Thriller is a genre of film, and television that uses suspense, tension, and excitement as the main elements. The primary subgenres are mystery, crime, and psychological thrillers. After the assassination of President Kennedy, political thriller and paranoid thriller films became very popular. The brightest examples of thrillers are the Hitchcock’s movies; the most well known one is Psycho. The cover-up of important information from the viewer and fight/chase scenes are common methods in all of the thriller subgenres, although each subgenre has its own characteristics and methods.
Common methods in crime thrillers are mainly ransoms, captivities, heists, revenge, and kidnappings. More common in mystery thrillers are investigations and the ‘whodunit’ technique. Common elements in psychological thrillers are mind games, psychological themes, stalking, confinement/deathtraps, horror-of-personality, and obsession. Elements such as conspiracy theories, false accusations, paranoia, and sometimes action are common in paranoid thrillers.
This particular genre is a hybrid type of both crime films and thrillers that offers a suspenseful account of a successful or failed crime or crimes. These films often focus on the criminal(s) rather than a policeman. Crime thrillers usually emphasize action over psychological aspects. Central topics of these films include serial killers/murders, robberies, chases, shootouts, heists and double-crosses. Some examples of crime thrillers involving murderers include, Seven, A Perfect Murder, No Country for Old Men, Firewall, Hostage, Silence of the Lambs, Kiss the Girls and Copycat. Examples of crime thrillers involving heists or robberies includes The Asphalt Jungle, The Score, Ocean’s 11, Entrapment, The Killing and Reservoir Dogs
List Of Crimes
- Assault / Battery
- Child Abuse
- Child Pornography
- Computer Crime
- Credit / Debit Card Fraud
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing
- Drug Distribution / Trafficking
- Drug Possession
- Identity Theft
- Insurance Fraud
- Probation Violation
- Sexual Assault
- Tax Evasion / Fraud