As a group, we decided to do our continuity task based in the thriller genre because we thought that having an idea with the conventions of the genre like the theme of good vs evil, shown through a Protagonist and Antagonist was a good start to Media studies. Also we considered that you can elaborate more on the thriller genre to express our knowledge of camera angles/shots, filming rules, mise-en-scene and sound.
Which our main idea is of a man, who the audience believes to be normal at the start as there will be a long shot of him walking through a field, then to a camera tracking shot following him to a run down garage where the tone will change. He will slam the door and the audience will see a innocent woman tied up in a chair in the corner. This will then lead to an interrogation scene in which the man is violently threatening the woman to tell him where a person is who he needs to find. But the woman has no idea and screams to be released from being kept hostage by the man. Then to finish, the man becomes extremely angry and pulls out a gun pointing it at her and then all the audience sees is him pulling the trigger, a gunshot sound and a blackout screen.This leaves the end of our continuity task on a cliffhanger creating suspense as no-one knows whether the woman was killed by the gunshot or someone else had a gun, shooting the villain and saving her…
For our planning documentation we have our own individual roles in the group and have assigned ourselves tasks to do. The Director Nicole has written a script including the dialogue and stage directions, the Producer Kate has organised actors/actresses to be involved in our task as well as making the storyboard with images for our chosen location to film. Our Editor Matt has knowledge of editing techniques and found audio for the task, and as Director Of Photography I have made a shot list including the use camera for our idea.
Mise-en-scene plays a significant part in this continuity task, therefore we have decided on the locations for which we will film the main character walking at the start through a field in Chalfont as this will give the impression that this man is just like a normal person. So we will use natural lighting to create an authentic look, along with diegetic sounds of bird noises, the wind and the sound of feet walking in the gravel/path. Then the next location will be of a run down garage, we are currently asking for permission in to use to film because we want the setting to change from a beautiful atmosphere to a dark and frightening setting in which the main character interrogates the woman. This will then show juxtaposition.
Also, the props we will use includes:
- Rope- used to tie the woman in the chair
- Gun- for the ending to the last scene where he pulls the trigger on the woman.
- Polaroid camera pictures- including pictures of the woman’s house to add to the background of the story as he has stalked the woman to try and find the man.
- Chair- the woman will need to be sat down to reveal her inferiority and weakness in comparison to the man.
- White sheet-as this is common in psychopathic thrillers where they try to cover up their murders; suggesting to the audience that he is going to kill the woman.
- Chains, tools and weapons like knives- make the setting of the task seem more realistic as the props adds to the idea that the man is harming the woman to get information out of her.
Moreover, the director Nicole, has found a special effect make up artist to do our actress Lauren Gulliford-Brown who plays the woman tied up, with cuts and bruises on her face. The costume of this character will be a white top to reveal the red blood, and dirt and she will wear jeans. Also, symbolically the colour white reflects the female character’s innocence and vulnerability to the man, played by Alex Riddell. Which he will be dressed either in a black suit or a black hoodie and jeans we have not yet decided.
But in order to produce a good continuity task we need to follow certain rules in filming. For instance The Rule Of Thirds is significant because we must abid by this rule of not having the main focus or subject in the centre of the frame as placing the subject off-centre works with the natural eye which looks off-centre in the frame. But The Rule Of Thirds is a rough guideline, so we can break this rule if we wanted to, for example if we used a close up shot of the protagonist, it would then be symmetrical and the viewer would be able to see the facial expression of the her fear more clearly than using The Rule Of Thirds technique.
Also we will follow the 180 degree rule because this cinematography guideline states that two characters must maintain the same left/right relationship; which applies to us when we film the conversation that takes place between the male and female character in the run down garage. But if we break the rule it would confuse the audience, and we don’t want this to happen because we want the story to flow where the viewer feels like the woman is in danger of the man.
We will mainly use artificial lighting particularly in the opening scene as this will be outdoors filming the man walking through a field. Thus, we want the film to be natural looking and authentic rather than using Three-Point-Lighting because it will be clear to the viewer that light has been added to the film. But we may need to use a back light in some scenes because we want to add depth to the shot in the sense of separating the character from the background, especially in the interrogation scene where the Antagonist is threatening the woman. As well as, we will use Low-key lighting to allow the audience to associate the darkness with evilness for the male character (antagonist).