3. Films similar to our idea
Our film idea consists of a stalker causing the trouble in the film. Here
are a few films similar to our idea:
A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.
•Enduring love: (2004)
Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly
•Cape Fear: (1991)
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a 14 year
sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
4. Hybrid genres and cross genres
The hybrid genre in the film industry refers to the aspect of blending
several movie genres into one film such as comedy and horror. An example
of this type of genre would be the movie Scary Movie 2.
A cross-genre is a genre in fiction that blends themes and elements from two
or more different genres. For example Frankenstein is a science, fiction and
Our genre of a film opening would be thriller, though the opening will
consist of a stalker meaning that the hybrid genre of our film would be
5. Narrative analysis
Thriller is a broad genre of film that uses suspense, tension and excitement as its main
elements. Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewer's moods, giving them a high level of
expectation, uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and terror. Films of this genre tend to be
adrenaline - rushing, gritty, moving and fast-paced.
A thriller provides the sudden rush of emotions, excitement, and exhilaration that drive the
narrative, sometimes subtly with peaks and sometimes at a constant, breakneck pace. It
keeps the audience on the "edge of their seats", similar to a sensation of hanging from a
cliff, as the plot builds towards a climax. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists and
cliff-hanger's are used extensively. A thriller is usually a villain-driven plot, whereby he or she
presents obstacles that the protagonist character must overcome.
6. Character analysis
The main elements of the thriller genre:
- The protagonist faces death, either his and/or her or somebody else's.
- The forces of the antagonist’s must initially be cleverer or stronger than the protagonist'
- The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character that cannot be put down.
- The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved.
- All action and characters must be realistic or natural in their representation on screen.
- The two major themes that underpin the thriller genre are the desire for justice and the morality of individuals.
- The protagonist and antagonist may battle, themselves and each other, not just on a physical level, but on a
mental one as well.
- Either by accident or their own curiousness, each character is dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation
that they are not prepared to resolve.
Characters usually include criminals, stalkers, assassins, innocent victims, menaced women, characters with deep
dark pasts, psychotic individuals, spree killers, psychopaths, agents, terrorists, cops and escaped people involved
in twisted relationships, world-weary men and women, psycho-fiends, and more. The themes frequently include
terrorism, political conspiracy, pursuit, or romantic triangles leading to murder.
The protagonists are frequently ordinary citizens unaccustomed to danger, although commonly in crime
thrillers, they may also be "hard men" familiar to danger such as police officers and detectives. While
protagonists of thrillers have traditionally been men, women lead characters are common.
In psychological thrillers, the protagonists are reliant on their mental resources, whether it be by battling with
the antagonist or by battling for equilibrium in the character's own mind. The suspense often comes from two or
more characters preying upon one another's minds, either by playing deceptive games with the other or by
merely trying to demolish the other's mental state.
7. Iconography analysis
The setting will usually be based on a urban city with the colours of black, grey, white to
empathise on the first characters we see. They can also be set in villages where it leads to the
villain character being from a small village or town living a poor, simple life. The colours grey
and black are mostly used to show the normal urban life.
The colours blue and red indicate when someone is about to die and danger warnings as they
are alarming colours. The camera shots are either very steady for serious situations or move
around a lot when there is action happening. When the camera is moving around in a fast pace
it may either show action, vulnerability or something going wrong to increase the suspense.
Though the use of steady shots also can create suspense when focusing on one character
instead of the background.
The lighting that is mostly used in thriller films are
dim lights that blur out parts of the environment
or parts of a character to create enigma codes to
The main type of props used are weapons usually
knives, guns and swords.