conventions of the thriller genre

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1. Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film and television, having numerous subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

2. A thriller usually consists of a battle between the protagonist character and the antagonist, when there is a disruption in the equilibrium.

3. Its typically followed by a chain of bad events building tension and suspense for the climax.

4. The aim of the protagonist is to restore justice, while the antagonist seeks to destroy.

5. shadows

6. creating tension through music

7. Low key lighting

8. Quick cuts

9. sharp changes in shot angles

10. Diegetic sound

11. Characters

12. The protagonist is often a brave male who seeks to restore the equilibrium.

13. The antagonist will have a hidden identity that the audience will uncover as the film progresses . Often the antagonist goes out for revenge from a past event.

14. The storyline should be designed so the audience really believe that there is some true to it. Making them realise that they could be threatened by the events in the film.

15. cinematography of a thriller

16. Usually thriller films consist of many close up and extreme shots normally of the protagonist, to show emotion as well as directing focus onto key features on the m.e.s to aid the narrative.

17. The shots of the antagnoistic character will cut quickly in efforts to hide their identity.

18. Editing

19. Cross cutting is a key point in editing as it is used to build suspense which is essential for a thriller.

20. Thrillers usually rely on surprise and so jump cuts are essential because there will be things happening that the audience are unaware of but is essential for the film.

21. Sound

22. Music is essential in any film to understand the mood of the characters as well as intensifying parts of the film. adding tension and suspense.

23. Often it starts off slow paced and then builds up to create a dramatic presence towards the audience.

24. Mise en scene

25. The location is important for the film because it helps the audience to establish the theme.

26. Lighting is often low key

27. Compostiton

28. make up and hair styles

29. blood and violence

30. low-key lighting to create an atmosphere of suspense or gloom

31. settings include open ambiant places such as wood scenes

32. Heightened diegetic sounds such as doors locking.