INSPIRATION

When coming up with our initial idea as a group there were many horror/thriller films we looked at for inspiration. One of the main films that had so many good ideas that we could adapt was the 2008 film The Strangers. The Strangers is my favourite horror films. The film is about a couple who are staying at small little holiday house, as the film progresses 3 masked people plot to torture the couple both mentally and physically. The film is extremely scary and full of surprises throughout. One of the main things that i really loved about it was the fact at no point do you see the peoples faces. This was one of the reasons why the film was so scary, the other thing that makes it scary is that the reason they are torturing the couple is because “they were at home”.

The main reason why i thought that The Strangers was good to use for inspiration was because every aspect of the film was very smart and well thought of. By this I mean it is full of really effective camera shots and angles. An example of one of my favourite camera shots used within the clip is the one where the woman is in the kitchen. I really like this shot as it puts the audience on edge as you don’t expect the masked character to emerge in the background.

Whilst filming I will try and ensure that we take some ideas from this film and adapt them, this hopefully will help us to make the audience feel scared and on edge just as The Strangers does.

LOCATION, COSTUME AND EQUIPMENT

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We decided to use my house for our location as I live opposite a forrest so it fits perfectly with typical locations of the thriller genre, this is also good as we can use the forrest for scenic shots. We will be using the kitchen, bathroom, living room, narrow hallway and also the exterior of the house. One of the main reasons that filming within a house appealed to us as a group is due to Hitchcock’s philosophy. Hitchcock brought the horror to the home to make his films involve the audience, the more involved the audience is the easier it is to shock/scare them. taking the horror to the home makes the audience more afraid as it makes them feel as if the events shown on screen can turn into a reality.

Our thriller is set in the 21st century therefor the characters costumes will be modern and trendy. The woman in our sequence is a business woman who has just come home from a busy day at work so she will be wearing formal clothing (shirt, blazer, skirt)

For filming we will be using our own camera and not one provided from our school however we will use a tripod for this provided by school.

DESCRIPTION OF STORYLINE

  • The idea for our thriller is to show the planning of a killing.
  • We want to base our whole thriller opening around the number 6 as this is the ‘devils number’ so this will be effective for the genre.
  • To do this we want to show a woman who is having a completely normal day however as the audience we will see visual clues to do with the number 6 so we know that something bad is going to happen but she does not.
  • we ill be showing quick flashes of 5 other killings that have already happened, all of which will link back to the number 6 in some way.
  • we will not be showing the killing of the 6th woman as this would give away the premise of the whole storyline.