Movie posters often help represent what genre a certain film is or often what the plot entails.

In the movie poster above for ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ there are ways in which the genre and both plot are put forward. firstly we can see that the colours on the poster are very dull and dim. this is quite common of the the thriller and action genre; however posters for films in the action genre usually have quite brighter colours usually orange explosions and also props such as guns will be included. Although this film has aspects of action it is not the main genre shown. The explosion shown in the background is also very dull this again helps communicate that the film contains some scenes with action but not frequent.

another thing that makes this instantly recognisable as a thriller, is the review comment shown “a taut thriller” well that explains itself really, it is common to see a few reviews on thriller movie posters however its more Drama films that are covered in ratings and reviews. Along with the reviews there is a line that reads “justice at any cost” this is the most specific part about the poster. The reason why I say this is because it not only shows that it is a thriller but it shows it is a legal thriller. This is also obviously shown within the title pf the film ‘Law Abiding Citizen.

Also other features of this poster that makes it recognisable as something within the thriller/legal thriller genre is the images shown. We can see there is one sinister character and one character who looks like they are in danger; also the use of the close up on the character is used quite frequently.



Legal Thriller
This subgenre takes place in and around the courtroom. Usually the protagonist is a lawyer who has found their case threatening death for either them or their client.

An example of a legal thriller that I watched and can say is one of my favourite films is Law Abiding Citizen.

In this scene we can see all the typical codes and conventions of a film within the Legal thriller genre. The first thing you can see in this scene is the location. The scene is set within a prison holding cell, conveying immediately the legal aspect of the genre. The cell is being used to question a suspected criminal “Clyde Shelton”; which leads me to my next point narrative. The narrative depicts a man being questioned by a detective for the murder of  two men. This is a common storyline for a film within the genre, most legal thrillers include some type of case that needs solving; as well as the story being set around a court case the film has a lot of enjoyable action sequences.

The main thing that I love about this film is that it makes you think a lot throughout the film, much like something you would find in the physiological genre.


Match on Action

In order for this series of shots to make sense, the director must manipulate the camera as if the film reality he/she is creating exists when not in view of the camera. This means, for example, that if a character happens to walk off screen in one shot, he must walk onto another screen in another shot. All this says to the audience is that when one shot ends another will pick up where the other left off making the reality of the film fluid and continuous.

The above clip from Victor Flemings The Wizard of Oz (1939) is an example of match on action. Miss Gulch is seen riding her bicycle, moving to the right, for the majority of the short clip. At the cut we can see Miss Gulch still riding her bicycle coming in the direction towards the viewer. The speed at which she is riding does not change, which adds to the continuity and flow of the one shot to the next. These shots could have been recorded a year apart but the match on action editing technique creates a flow to the viewer making the connection between both shots seamless. We know that while the camera cut to a different angle of view the entirety of the clip shown is meant to be taken as a single action (riding the bicycle) happening at the same point in time.


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Message in a Booth scene in the 1960 thriller Psycho creates a forward momentum of suspense throughout the final Act. Here we explore the phone call Arbogast makes from a phone both in his final hours. The Telephone Booth Scene is a simple one of construction lasting less than two minutes of screen time and comprised of only two shots, but it becomes so much more.

Opening Hitchcock could ignite our curiosity at the outset of each film in ways unlooked at until now. Here we explore the most striking moments from each opening sequence of his theatrical films and examine his strategies for pulling in the viewer. Trends emerge from his use of comical music score to his movement of camera through public space, and landscapes filled with caricatures.

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Sound With the production of his first sound film, Blackmail (1929), Hitchcock found new ways to manipulate the soundtrack in order to add new dimensions to the flat movie screen. Here we look at his instictive techniques of sound mixing in Blackmail as it laid the foundation for his use of sound in later works – from kept secrets to silent murders.

The Cameo As a part of an intense publicity effort, Hitchcock put his face on anything he could in order to shape an air of credibility that would permanently launch the Master of Suspense into the public consciousness. From scene transitions, crowd insertions, and a bond with the audience, here we look at what makes his film cameos tick.



What was the task you were set?

The task we was set was to recreate a scene from the film Oceans 11. By recreate I mean that we had to look at a scene chosen for us by our teacher and we had to film it again, this meant we had to include all the shots used in the scene and also the dialogue within the original scene.

Who did you work with? What role did you take on?

I worked in a group consisting of 5 people including myself. My role within the task was to act in the scenes. I also helped manage what shots we were going to do.

What did your role involve?

My role involve me acting in the scene. This meant that I had to learn all the dialogue within the scene and also copy the scene almost exactly.  I also added ideas as to what camera shots we used.


What was easy\difficult about the filming?

The easiest thing about the filming process is that we knew what shots we had to use and did not have to waste time choosing them. However the hardest part was that we could not move in between shots; this is because we did not want any continuity errors.

What did you learn/ understand about filming for continuity and the rules of continuity?

One of the main things I learnt about the rules of continuity is the fact that it is very easy to make continuity errors and it is very hard to rectify them; in fact if you do make continuity errors it can ruin most of your filming.

What did you learn about the process of editing?

Whilst editing I furthered my knowledge of how to use the program final cut pro. At first it was quite difficult to edit the individual clips, however it was only a rough edit and after editing the first few clips I got the hang of it.

What was easy/hard at the editing stage?

The hardest thing about the editing stage was trying to order the clips. By this I meant putting all the clips we had filmed in order of story line. Also another thing I found quite difficult was searching through all of our clips. We had to do this as we had some clips that we didn’t want to use so we had to sort through all our clips to spot them; it’s not that this was hard it just took up a lot of time.

How successful was your final product? How well did you copy the scene? Did you follow the rules of continuity?

I was very pleased with our final product it looked exactly how I imagined it to look like. I believe that we recreated the scene very well, by this I mean we used the same identical shots in the same order shown in the scene from Ocean’s Eleven. When checking back through all of the footage I discovered no continuity errors which means that we filmed our scene precisely and perfect to the task set.

What is the most important thing that you learned?

The most important thing I learnt is that it is very hard to make mistakes when filming and also when editing. I also learnt that the smallest mistake can ruin a shot and possibly the whole scene. However we tried to be as precise as possible and this meant repeating the same shot more than once.

How will this help you in your prelim work?

This will definitely help us in our prelim work as it taught us how careful we need to be as a group to ensure that we make little to no mistakes in our piece. Also it gave us more experience filming and editing.