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In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge codes and conventions of real media products?

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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: sheree2105

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In what ways does your media product use, develop, or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

• After watching a variety of real thriller openings I aimed to create a product which follows many of the conventions of real media products. One of the ways my thriller opening sequence does this, is the location. My product is set in an eerie place under a bridge, giving me the opportunity to film in low key lighting to make the location look even more daunting. The narrative of my opening challenges the convention of thrillers; suspense and building tension, as I focused more on the element of mystery and building suspense as the audience don’t know who he is and why he is there, therefore I didn't get to develop the narrative any further to clearly establish the genre, I think this is typical of thrillers to create mystery and enigmas.

• The opening titles constantly appearing on the screen during the opening sequence is a feature I repeatedly noticed when carrying out my research and due to my narrative being simplistic I believed this was something I would like to develop upon within my product. I put lots of effort into the font as I needed something which can be clearly read yet has the characteristics of a thriller, so I chose a bold slightly old fashioned and faded font.

• A common convention of thrillers is the climax after the build-up of tension and this is something I tried to achieve during my opening sequence; all the slow paced shots with lack of movement work effectively to build the tension and begin to lead up to the end of the sequence which is where my actor begins to panic. The light flashes across the screen to resemble a headlight to suggest someone has found him, he begins to rush and panic until he suddenly freezes looking directly at the camera, as though he is staring into the eyes of the new mystery character. The change in pace throughout these shots works to catch the viewers’ attention and brings in the major ‘what happens next’

• Throughout my opening sequence I try to establish the Todorovian theory by beginning with equilibrium, however thriller films often adapt this theory to fit the narrative usually by establishing the confusion right from the beginning. This is something which was relevant with my opening sequence as I showed the cliff hanger at the start to establish the thriller genre. To help build up to the opening equilibrium there is a long piece of music playing continuously in the

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