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Thriller by Mind Map: Thriller

1. Conventions

1.1. low key lighting

1.2. quick cuts

1.3. shadows

1.4. tension music

1.5. changes in the angle of shots

1.6. diegetic sound of breathing

1.7. black and white shots

1.8. protagonist in the mercy of antagonist

2. Iconography

2.1. shadows and silhouettes

2.2. weapons

2.3. drugs

2.4. dark urban setting

2.5. cars

3. Camera Angles

3.1. Protagonist

3.1.1. close ups

3.1.2. extreme shots

3.2. Antagonist

3.2.1. quick cuts to hide identity

3.2.2. shots of their back, shadow, silhouette, low key

3.3. Focus on props that aid narrative

4. Editing of a Thriller

4.1. jump cuts

4.2. cross cutting

4.3. continues editing

5. Mise-en-scene

5.1. low key lighting

5.2. costume

5.2.1. Antagonist in dark clothes

5.2.2. Protagonist in ordinary (or light) clothes

5.3. film stoke

5.3.1. black and white/colour

5.3.2. fine grain/grainy

6. Examples of Thrillers

6.1. Seven - 1995

6.2. The Silence of the Lambs - 1991

6.3. Shutter Island - 2010

6.4. Psycho - 1960

6.5. Rear Window - 1954

6.6. Vertigo - 1958

6.7. Gone Girl - 2014

6.8. Prisoners - 2013

6.9. Black Swan - 2010

6.10. I Saw the Devil - 2010

6.11. Strangers on a Train - 1951

7. What do I think when I hear the word "thriller"?

7.1. suspense and excitement

7.2. busy streets/urban/suburban

7.3. narrative revolves around investigation of an enigma

7.4. hero is often an outsider

7.5. violence

7.6. rational rather than a supernatural explanation

7.7. centres on injustice in society

7.8. hero and villain often share characteristics