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Evaluation 1:

Evaluation 1 By Charlotte Bennett

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In my opening, I started with a long shot of a poster stuck on to a tree. I make it cut precisely with the sound of a thump to a mid-shot, then a close-up of it. This brings the sense that there is something getting closer and time is running out. It also creates a sense of urgency. The thump symbolizes danger, and the fact that danger is drawing near. This builds a climax and adds suspense to the audience, allowing them to realize something dangerous is going to happen. The poster is off a missing girl, however it had been torn and crumpled, showing a lack of respect and care which is a motif to show that the girl had no respect and no one cared for her. This makes the audience feel sympathetic towards her however, wants us to understand why she is not wanted and how she has ended up missing. The tree is in center frame taking dominance of the camera to show that although trees are thought of as strong and perceived as good, it is holding something equating to evil and instead, evil is the main focus. I used creepy and eerie music during these slower cuts. There is no melody in it, just a drone, to allow the viewer to know something bad is waiting to happen.

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There is then a sharp, jump cut back to another tree because it allows the audience to realize there is still more of a mystery to be solved and that maybe the death of the girl is not so important. It is another missing poster with a man on it. The three shots of the long-shot, mid-shot and close-up are repeated to show that someone’s life being taken away is not important and it is just part of the job- a routine, it is again precisely with the ‘thump’ sound to show urgency. There is then a fade to the girl on the floor dead. It starts with an extreme close-up of her neck, where we see bruises from where she had been strangled. This shows the obvious cause of her death, which is challenging the thriller conventions. A lot of the time, in thriller films, a death is most often caused by weapon such as a gun or knife. The fact that the murderer used his ands may imply that he doesn’t have much experience in being a murderer and may not be the top boss. It also shows the fact that she must have struggled to get away. This then zooms out to a mid-shot of her, so we can clearly see it is the same girl as the poster. The zooming out also distances the audience from the danger and highlights that we want to stay away for safety. There is also a spotlight on her face pointing out the idea that she may have been a protagonist and just an innocent victim that had been killed. However, the darkness surrounding her also states that she is surrounded by evil happenings and perhaps was apart of it. Alternatively, it may also be thought that she was a good person but happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and walked into a very dangerous area. When this was first filmed, the zooming had been a lot slower. I found watching it at a slower pace made the opening more tedious and lacked any energy. Instead, I made the zooming out slightly faster, so it became less tedious, but also keeping the eerie feel. The location of the girl is not very clear, highlighting that she may be hidden away and no one (aside the killer) knows about her whereabouts, with the missing poster supporting this. Like the poster, she is in center frame so the camera’s main focus is on her and to show she could be a main reason as to the consequences of future events.

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There is then a fade because it shows the ink from the poster, being the dead man on the floor. It is to an extreme close-up of the man’s forehead with a bullet hole and blood dripping out. The audience at this stage should feel slightly overwhelmed by the fact that they have just seen two dead people and the story hasn’t even started yet. This shows the cause of his death, possibly by someone more dangerous than the girl’s killer because there was a weapon used on him whereas the girl had obvious hand marks on her neck. There is then a zoom out to a mid-shot, just the same as the girl, so we can clearly see it is the same man as the one on the poster. The audience is then able to wonder what the connection is between the man and the girl. Although he is dead, his eyes are still open to symbolize he was aware of the situation he was in and how dangerous it was, then implying the girl may have been more naïve about it. I decided to start the shots closely near their faces to show their vulnerability and how we are not scared to be close to them because they are no threat to us. Also, it helps the audience to realize that although they are already dead, they will still be a main part of the story. In ‘shoot ‘ em up’ I had seen they showed someone dead as just a close-up of their face, also showing the vulnerability. I thought this was a good idea so took included it into my opening, however I changed it slightly to fit better with my opening, by having a zoom out from an extreme close-up, to a mid-shot. This allows the audience to realize they should be distanced from the situation, and although the people dead are not a threat, there is still a threat and danger out there.

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This is in the dark, like all my lighting outside which reflects the key conventions of a normal thriller film. However, the main protagonist, ‘ Lizzie’ is all in black, which challenges the conventions so the audience would have to pay more attention as to whether she is a protagonist or an antagonist. Her background is all lit up though, helping to show she is from a good place and surrounded by light. This is in the dark, like all my lighting outside which reflects the key conventions of a normal thriller film. However, the main protagonist, ‘ Lizzie’ is all in black, which challenges the conventions so the audience would have to pay more attention as to whether she is a protagonist or an antagonist. Her background is all lit up though, helping to show she is from a good place and surrounded by light.

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Here is a long shot of the main protagonist just after she falls over and she starts to run again. She runs towards the camera, almost as if running to the viewer for protection. This makes us feel responsible for her and her safety. There is the typical graffiti all over the walls giving the key conventions of a thriller, being in a run down area full of violence and danger. Graffiti also represents dominants of someone’s area, and it is surrounding her implying she may have run into someone else’s territory. This is then contradicted by the fact she is in center frame and dominating the camera. I did this to show that although she is extremely scared and not dominating the situation, she is still dominating the camera because we want her to be our full attention to make sure she will be safe. This challenges the key conventions of a typical thriller, however it still makes sense. There is a light shining on her, giving her hope, although the darkness is right behind her showing the relationship between the goodness vs evil and how evil is catching up with her.

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I chose to pan the antagonist from his feet, leading further and further up to his face. Between this were quick shots of the protagonist hiding away behind a dumpster which allows the viewer to realize it is her he is wanting. I used the panning because I wanted the viewer to realize this is the only time where they see a close-up of his face and this is the lead up to it. The fact that he has light jeans on challenges the thought of having the darkness equate to evil. However, it also may show that he could be a good person, and due to his job he has to do bad things. The credits are written in red, using the connotations of blood. Although it also has a connotation for passion, showing his job is something he is passionate about and he enjoys it. I placed the writing at the bottom of the screen so the attention isn’t drawn away from the main action. They are written in capitals to show the confidence and certainty they should be there.

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Here is an extreme close-up of her eyes where the audience is able to make a real connection to her and see the fear she has. The fact that she looks directly at the camera shows the desperation she has to not be there and also that she is seeking help from us. This gives us a need to protect her and make sure she is safe. We can also see how the darkness is getting nearer and nearer to her and how only one side of her face now is lit up. This shows that danger is getting closer and catching up with her. Black; having connotations of death and evil. Alternatively, it could also show that she has evil in her, and only now is the time when we realize that she was running away from the bad things she had seen and possibly done. This is then contradicted in the flashbacks later when we find that she had no involvement. She then closes her eyes, which stops the connection between her and the viewer, as if we are not able to protect her anymore. She frowns when she closes her eyes to show she is reminiscing about bad memories. During my first edits, I never did an extreme close-up of her eyes, and instead did a mid-shot of her. I found this made it more confusing to the audience as to why the next series of events were happening. The fade into the next scene also helps make this obvious, as if we are drifting away into her memory, just as she is doing. I put a metallic sound over and she goes to close her eyes representing her reaction to the dialogue from before, ‘You’ve seen to much’. I chose this sound because it is sharp and piercing and has a link to metal knives and violence. This signifies someone’s life about to come to an end, and the metallic sound really emphasizes the fact that it would be a murder, and the view of her eyes, links it more to being something she had seen.

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This is a point of view shot from Lizzie as she witnesses the death of someone. I changed the colour of the scene, to show this is a flashback and happened at a different time and place. It also shows that it was more of a blur and she can’t remember the exact details. Also, the fact that there are black, blind spots show she only remembers the main parts of the events. This also makes the audience feel just as scared as Lizzie was, because we’re watching it in her perspective, and she was killed for what she had seen; this then allows the audience to realize they had actually just witnessed the same thing . ‘Jeff’ is in centre frame, showing his dominance from the camera and the situation and the fact that he has a gun, allows us to make the connection that he is the person that kills the man that was in the poster. As ‘ Robbo ’ puts his hands up and goes to crouch, it shows he is losing power and that he knew how dangerous the situation is that he is in. The tilted up angle of the camera shows Lizzie also has no power, but is hiding away. Also, this allows the audience to realize they have to hide away as well. They start to feel as if they are in danger too, and because Jeff is the more aggressive, dangerous one, we mimic Robbo’s emotions of fear and anxiety. Jeff’s clothes are dark, showing he has a lot more evil inside him than Robbo , who has a checkered shirt with both light and dark on it. This shows he has an evil side, perhaps because of his job, but also that he has a good side and is an average man, perhaps (excluding his job) has an everyday life.

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This is a point of view shot from the main antagonist as he is about to shoot her. This is so we understand more about what he is thinking when about to kill her and her reaction to him. This challenges the key conventions, especially of a certificate 15 because this sort of point of view shot would be more expected of one on a horror film; not thriller. Although I had done this because I wanted the audience to realize the murderer is not just an ordinary man with an everyday life, instead, he kills people for a living without any guilt or second thoughts. This then puts the audience in an even worse feeling, as they see Lizzie get killed so easily, and the audience have witnessed the same thing. He is higher up showing he has the power and is the one in control of the situation. She is not in center frame to show she is not dominating the camera and therefore, the situation. Even though it shows the point of view shot from him, the way she is approached still allows the audience to be on her side and we make a connection as she looks directly into the camera. The impact of this is to make an all-round, more suspense filled opening, and we are then scared for her life. The light on her represents her goodness, although she is surrounded by darkness just like the first shots of the dead girl and man. This then links back to the urgency of the posters getting closer, by the fact that danger is getting nearer and now is the time for her death. I got the idea of this from ‘shoot ‘ em up’ where there are a lot of point of view shots of the murderer, just as he is about to kill someone. However I then adapted this by the murderer with the point of view shots being the antagonist whereas in the filmed I analyzed, it was the protagonist. This also helps the viewer feel they are really involved in the action. At this point she screams, and the sound of the bullet then cuts it off. I decided to have this because it represents her life suddenly being taken away, just like her scream.

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