Hi, I'm an AS Media student, and this blog contains research into the different aspects of film and media, specializing in the Slasher genre. The research has all been put towards the development of my coursework production 'Camp Ivy', which I co-produced with Poppy and Millie. Our coursework has been influenced by the rural locations and mise-en-scene in Friday the 13th and Eden Lake.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Assessing Past Coursework

The title has intertextual link to Scream (Wes Craven, 1996). The music being played has long notes and high notes, to raise tension. The music also reflects a child's toy, which links in with 'Tiny' from the title. The framing of the branches in the first shot connotes a point of view shot, and signifies some one is watching. The opening scene begins with a false scare and intertextual reference to The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976). The mise-en-scene is signified by the girly, pink bedroom. A bra is thrown onto the box of the doll, which signifies sexual activity. Elipsis' are used often. Female gaze theory is reflected. Camera placed in the cupboard breaks up the shots. More shot variation is needed, reactions and editing needs to be faster.

The white font on a black background for the titles signifies realism. The bottle of alchol in the boys hand signifies he is going to die. Point of view shot with shaky camera work signifies to the audience the boy is drunk. The framing in the bushes is well planned, and this signifies voyeurism. The violence and diegitic sound is missing when the attack occurs, which isn't realistic. The blood on the snow works well. Narrative engima is used, as the camera films the killers feet as they drag the body. Polysemic techniques are also used, as it is unknown whether the attacker is male or female. The camera effect is changed to appear as if the audience is watching CCTV footage. The acting is poor, no major reaction to being kidnapped. Shots are layered however shots could be faster. The rattle of the chain works well. The mise-en-scene is well thought out and planned. Intertextual reference from Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960).

Titles appear with animation and transitions. Point of view shot signified by shaky camera work. Diegitic sound is missing and verisimilitude (achieving realism) is lacking. Intertextuality from Scream (Wes Craven, 1996) from the popcorn scene, however this opening uses a kettle instead. This both reflects and condones tension. Post-modernism is also reflected.

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