FC: THRILLER RESEARCH
1: Definition for Thriller Thriller is a genre that create tension and suspense. Their aim is to make the audience at the edge of their seat. Some sub genres of thrillers are: mystery, crime and psychological thrillers. | What is Thriller?
2: Characters | Characters in thrillers consist of; criminals, stalkers, assassins, victims on the run, characters with dark pasts, psychotic individuals, terrorists, cops and escaped cons, psycho-fiends, and more. The themes of thrillers often include terrorism, political conspiracy, pursuit, or romantic triangles leading to murder. The heroes in most thrillers are frequently ordinary citizens not used to danger.
4: Thriller by a mood of menace, violence, crime and murder by showing society in a dark dangerous way. The majority of the time they often feature a happy ending in which the antagonists are killed or arrested; justice is usually served in the end. Thrillers feature devices such as plot twists and cliff hangers. They also use atmospheres of anticipation, adrenaline rush, anxiety and sometimes even terror. The tones in thrillers are usually coarse, slick and explicit. | Convention Thriller
6: Thrillers mostly take place in ordinary suburbs/cities. Though sometimes, they may take place entirely or partly in exotic settings such as foreign cities, deserts, Polar Regions, or high seas. Some thrillers are an exception to this and they are set in surreal unrealistic environments which you would not come across in ordinary everyday life | Locations
8: A lot of the time the thriller genre uses enigma to capture an audience's attention, there is often a question or dilemma that the target audience can relate to that is then played around with and resolved or left unresolved. To capture an audience's attention and give them a sense of thrill directors may use sub genres to suit the intended target audiences taste; for example horror thriller, psychological thriller, comedy thriller and so on. Thrillers often overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguished by the structure of their plots. Thrillers also occur on a much grander scale - the crimes that must be prevented are serial or mass murder, terrorism, assassination, or the overthrow of governments. Jeopardy and violent confrontations are standard plot elements. A thriller climaxes when the hero finally defeats the antagonist, saving others lives and his own.
9: Edit The use of quick cuts . Thrillers often use quick cuts to create tension and quickens the pace. A good example of this is seen in the thriller Phyco,when the woman is stabbed in the shower. Fade to black. This is used in thriller films usually when someone is unconscious or dyeing. This is effective in psychological thrillers as it allows the audience to be in the characters position. Fade also adds suspense to a thriller as the audience are unaware of what is about to happen next. Flashbacks are used for the characters to see a characters past. | Sound Sound contains very important elements which make up a thriller. For example themes and stings are shown in this era, as the different music themes produce a different mood and feel for thriller films. For example jumpy and quite scary music which are played in each scene, can be named as themes/stings as they produce different moods and settings for thriller films. Other types of sounds used in thrillers are diegetic/ non- diegetic sounds, synchronous/asynchronous sounds, underscore music and voice overs.
10: Mise-en-scene Dark Lighting create a gloomy mood and suspense. Shadows are used to represent the inner darkness within beings. Props such as Guns,Knives,and sharp objects are used to emphasis the thriller genre. Mirrors are also used as a convention of thrillers as it reflects the characters. The set design/ location emphasis's the mood of the audience. Locations such as a gloomy graveyard or dark woods give a thrilling film as it shows mystery and suspense and creates the right mood for something to happen. | Camera Camera shots help give a film its thriller genre. Different camera angles create meanings with the use of body language and emotions. Thriller films also use Camera Angles such as facial close ups to. help to show facial expressions.Mid Close ups are used to show body language. This is important as it creates tension and realism. Some Camera Movements such as freehand camera movements also make the audience feel like they are part of the film. Another Camera Movement is tracking, this is a fast paced camera movement, This creates tension and a curiosity as the audience are unsure about what could happen next.
11: In a thriller, the hero must throw the plans of an enemy rather than uncover a crime thats already happened. Whilst a murder mystery would be spoiled by an early revelation of the murderers identity, in a thriller the identity of a murderer or another villain is typically known all along.