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Genre/Barthes Codes

Generic Conventions of Your Film:

Generic Conventions of Your Film Which Genre(s) does your film belong to ? Fantasy/ horror Give examples of conventions of those genres you followed (how did you fulfil audience expectation) The setting of the film gives an isolated feel as it is in the middle of the woods. Our film follows more of the horror conventions like people dyeing and it builds suspense. Which conventions did you NOT follow?(How did you vary the generic conventions) The main character is looking for revenge which is a different type of mission to a fantasy film as they normally have good intention. Our main character is a villain and this goes against the convention because the stereotype for main characters is a hero. The film ends with an open ending. The good people normally fight back against the villain and win. If your film is a hybrid give examples of following varying conventions from each genre Horror and fantasy contrast as they are so different … for example, horror is more of an adult film and fantasy is for younger viewers, in fantasy the problem or quest is always resolved.

Compare and Contrast Your Film:

Compare and Contrast Your Film Compare and contrast your film to 3 examples(YOUR INFLUENTIAL FILMS). Dracula untold, Teen wolf TV series, Little Red Riding Hood. N arrative structure Darker elements and people die in Dracula and teen wolf. Mythical creatures that are shown through flashbacks/ future visions in Dracula as he is shown in modern day as well as medieval times. Plot In teen wolf a teenager gets turned into a werewolf and fight to keep his town safe from mythical beings, together with his friends. Ours is similar but Red is killing for fun and not helping anyone. The plot of little red riding hood was a big influence as our film is based off of this story but ours is a older version/ what happened after little red riding hood. Dracula is set in the past and becomes a monster to save his town. Ours isn't really influenced by this as Red isn't doing anything for a good and just destroys things. We did take inspiration from this as we liked the quick pace fight scenes and style. Themes In our short film the theme is loss of innocence, death as a part of life, and the battle. For Dracula the themes are, the battle, man vs himself and good vs evil. Teen wolf is the battle, loss of innocence's and man vs himself. Little red riding hood would be man vs nature and good vs evil.

Compare and Contrast Your Film:

Compare and Contrast Your Film Characters Little red riding hood Little red riding hood … little red takes food through the woods to grandma and meets a wolf on the way. She is a stereotypical little girl who needs to be rescued and is naïve and vulnerable. The wolf …. Meets little red and beats her to her grandmas house , eats grandma and waits for red. He is the villain and goes to a lot of trouble to get red. Grandma … gets ate The woodcutter …. Saves red and cuts grandma out of the wolf. He would be the typical hero as he is male for a start and saves red so he is seen as the stronger character. Dracula untold Dracula … he makes a deal with a vampire to save his kingdom . He sacrifices himself to save others. Vampire … he turns Dracula into a vampire . He is an evil character that kills people. Teen wolf Scott.. The main character that gets turned into a werewolf against his will Stiles… the main character who’s the only characte5r in the supernatural pack Lydia – the main character who's a banshee and can predict someone's death Derek – the main character who's an alpha werewolf who turns teenagers into werewolf's and trains them Kira – the main character who's a kitsune and who helps the pack fight the evil Our film Red … she seems innocent at first but she hunts werewolves, this goes against the stereotype as she is independent and a stronger character. The wolf… he is the one to get attacked and he is nothing like people would expect as he isn't vicious. Setting/ mise - en -scene Dracula untold … this film is set in a castle, woods and mountains in the medieval times. The costumes are right for the medieval times and the lighting throughout is quite dark. Teen wolf … all of the scenes are filmed within a small town in America. The costumes are everyday wear so that the characters and town seem believable. Little red riding hood … is set in the woods and is edited to have vivid and vibrant colours so that it creates extreme fantasy feel. Our film is mostly like little red riding hood as it is set in the woods but ours wont be brightly coloured as we wanted to create more of a normal every day feel. Cinematography/Editing (for example, types of shot, pace, transitions, music) Dracula untold … the editing is fast pace as in most scenes the tension needs to be high which this achieves. Teen wolf … uses a whole variety of shots as it is a TV series and has been running a long time. Little red riding hood … uses conventional shot types as it uses over the shoulder shots and point of view shots .

Barthes Codes:

Barthes Codes Barthes Codes Applied to our film. Enigma code We tried to create some mystery around the main character Red. We did this by not fully explaining how she escaped the wolf attack and made her seem like she is quicker and more advanced then the normal person. Action code Within the film we have tried to make certain parts seem like Red was in danger like the first scene as we left it open ended, so no one will know what happened and how she escaped from the wolf posing as her grandma. Then in the second scene the way that the wolf if following Red in the woods makes the audience think she is going to be attacked again. This is were the film is flipped and the roles of the characters reversed. Symbolism We use symbolism as Red’s cape is referring back to the original story of Little R ed R iding H ood. The use of this cape should remind the viewer of the original story and of the little, innocent girl as this will build on our second scene when we want the audience to think that Red is in trouble a second time. Referential The first scene is a flash back on Red’s life, this is an updated version when she was deceived by a wolf that killed her grandma and attacked Red. We changed the original scene so that it doesn’t show her being rescued and changed the script to a modern version so that it fit more with our film. We tried to keep some things the same so that the link won’t be lost as our film relies on the viewer’s understanding of the fairy-tale.

Genre as a Concept:

Genre as a Concept I think that genre is really important in the creation stages of the film and helps the correct audience to be targeted. Genre is adaptable and people are always creating new hybrids and experimenting with them to see which works best through audiences. Commercial (audiences depend on recognition but is this as important for a short film?) For our short film, we have linked it with a well know story so I think that it is easier for the audience to pick up on the narrative and engage with it. Therefore without the link and the genre hybrid fantasy/ thriller, the short film wouldn’t have been as successful.

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