In what ways does your film use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real films?

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In what ways does your film use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real films? by Mind Map: In what ways does your film use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real films?

1. Titles

1.1. The titles in our film combine the titles from both 'Se7en' and 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'.

1.1.1. A Nightmare On Elm Street - Titles placed on top of the film. Placed to one side of the film in order to not distract too much from the action. Main title in unique font on black.

1.1.2. Se7en - Shaky, unnerving titles. Adds to the feeling of something being wrong.

2. Story

2.1. Lots of unanswered questions, very common in the psychological thriller genre.

2.1.1. Who is Marcus talking to?

2.1.2. What happens to Deborah?

2.2. Psychological thrillers are often very character driven. Our opening follows this convention, focusing on Deborah's search for Marcus and the conversation he is having with himself, not on action and special effects.

2.2.1. A common character theme within the genre of psychological thrillers is some form of mental illness e.g. Donnie Darko, Shutter Island, Black Swan. In our film, Marcus has a form of schizophrenia.

3. Location

3.1. Psychological thrillers are normally set in a 'creepy' location such as mental hospitals or prisons e.g. Shutter Island, Moon

3.2. There are also many psychological thrillers set in the 'real world', such as Donnie Darko and Black Swan. We took inspiration from films like these when picking our location.

4. Editing

4.1. Psychological thrillers tend to have a very blue, cool colour palette. We changed the colours of our film in post-production in order to make our film more aesthetically similar to other films in the genre.

4.2. The number of shots in most psychological thrillers is very high, as quick cutting between these shots can help build the tension in a scene without much happening. This is a convention we tried to use within our opening.