To attract my audience I used a number of different techniques such as at the start of the film in introduce it with the killer that is used to interest the audience to make them keep watching to see what happens later on. Using interesting camera angles and strange scenes to try to entice the viewer. Also though out the video I make sure to use a good variety of ambient sounds and hit effects when something happened on screen to add to what was happening, this made the video seem far more engaging as it added a large amount of suspense to the film therefore keeping the audiences attention as they wanted to see what happen next, along with using the ambient sound also using loud hits to hopefully scare the audience or at least make them stop what they were doing and look for a second. The titles are done in an eerie way as they slide onto the screen and slide off but the way its done makes it look like blood dripping to foreshadow what is going to happen in the film.
Also using a character that is also part of our age group therefore giving the audience a slight connection towards the victim. Along with this the victim also has a dog and as many people have a dog that they have to walk it allows them to relate to the character more.
Judging form my survey results the majority of people enjoyed other genres such as Action, Sci-fi, and Thriller. Although my movie is mainly a horror it also has elements of a thriller in it this makes it more suited to the teenage audience, as for the horror side of the video many other people have said have said they enjoy horrors so even though my research suggested that horror was not a fan favorite I needed to get more people to take the survey which would have balanced the results more.
The target audience for the film is meant to be around sixteen as from those I asked when talking about their idea of a horror they said that there should be a lot of suspense at any given time to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? (i.e. of film openings)
The setting of horror films generally tends to be in more isolated areas such as an abandoned building or out in the woods. So taken this common idea of a horror film I decided to film my opening in the woods as that if a very cliché area that horrors tend to take place in. Also they are normally at night to give the film more tension as there could be something in the background but it leaves the viewer guessing, so from this I also had to shoot at night opening up far more options for the filming and the angles that I could shoot from.
The costumes of horrors tend to be casual clothes for the victim(s) but for the killer he tends to have his own individual look and so I decided to give him a mask to hide his face giving him more mystery also along with this he had a large over coat with a t-shirt under covered in blood to give him more of an identity. With the props I kept it simple with a few fake candles a mask and the sword.
The camera work in horrors always needs to be great to keep the audience guessing until the last moment and not to show anything too quickly or too slowly that it looses its feel. When it came for me to film I knew I too had to get the camera movement right. I did this by the majority of the time getting the actors to move and keeping the camera in the same spot just moving it to the side or following a certain character.
The majority of horrors start off more calm and relaxed slowly building into the horror by explaining to the audience why bad things will eventually happen there such as a haunted
house or something of the sorts, whereas in my film opening I decided that I would start out with the killer standing over his victim to get the audience straight into the main story of the film instead of wasting half an hour explaining what’s going on, this way the audience can guess what’s
I chose a horror and this is apparent from the beginning as the film depicts a dead body with an dark figure standing next to it instantly making you
assume that the person killed
him. Also just as important as the visuals the ambient sound going on in the background shows that this is a horror as it is eerie sounds as apposed to happy up beat music.
Normally in a horror the characters are introduced as a group that are going into the haunted house/ woods/ or some sort of log cabin. But the characters of the film are generally introduced together and then later on the killer is shown however in my film I decided to introduce the killer first and then the victim after I felt like this was the better way to do it as I needed people to want the victim to survive and showing the dead body first off it makes people worried for him.