During the Half Term I have been keeping up with a show called Top Boy. Top Boy is a show which was aired first in 2013 and finished last year. I have heard a lot about the show but have only just come around to watching it, so far I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Top Boy is a programme about two boys who are involved in the drug trade in North London, as the show goes on we see them rise in position. Top Boy is a drama filled with action and suspense. Although Top Boy is not necessarily a thriller it contains many conventions of the triller genre. This is shown in the various camera shots used and some of the narrative.


I have just this minute finished watching all of the episodes of Top Boy that have ever been aired. I have really enjoyed the programme so far and hope it returns for a third series. The last episode was full of thriller and suspense. One thing i like about the show is that you never realise what direction the story goes in. In some ways it reminds me of the film Se7en. I say this because they both have extremely unpredictable story lines; Top Boy however is a lot more gritty and in some ways darker. One of the main things that adds to the thriller genre is the fact that the show depicts the lives of people who live in some deprived areas in the UK. This I believe makes most Thriller and also Horror films; I have always found films/programmes which have a sense of realism more scary purely to do with the fact the unfortunate events shown on screen could happen to me.



Luther is a BBC Television Series, the main character is John Luther (Idris Alba) who is a brilliant police detective who never fails catching his killers.

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In the first episode DCI John Luther returns to work after a spell of leave following the traumatic arrest of serial killer Henry Madsen. Luther’s first case is to investigate the murder of the parents of child genius Alice Morgan. He quickly deduces that Alice is responsible for the deaths, but the seemingly perfect crime leaves no evidence with which to convict Alice.

Outside of work Luther is trying to win back his wife, Zoe, now he’s got his life back on track. She has moved on, however, and has a new man in her life: Mark, who is the antithesis of Luther. Will Luther be able to save his fractured marriage to Zoe?

As the murder case proceeds, Luther realises he has become Alice’s next project and that Zoe is in danger – because he dared to question Alice’s brilliance. Luther and Alice seem to have a strange connection – both extraordinarily intelligent, they verbally spar with each other and seem to delight in the competition.

Luther’s brilliant mind soon works out how Alice managed to kill her parents without leaving a trace, but without the evidence of the gun there is nothing he can do. On this occasion it seems Alice has won – but Luther refuses to give up. In the meantime, unbeknown to Luther, Alice has tracked down Henry Madsen to his hospital bedside where he lies in a coma. But what does she intend to do now that she has found him?


When filming we were all assigned different roles within the group. The role I undertook was the director. as well directing i was in charge of gathering all the props, some of which i actually made (the newspaper in my previous post) i also provided the location in which we filmed in. The location which we filmed in was my house. I thought it was an ideal location as it is situated opposite a forrest which would add to the conventional effect of a thriller setting. Another attribute my house was able to offer is that it has a lot of space making it easier to position and manoeuvre the camera.

As the director i had to assist the camera man (Omar Hudson) with the shots he took, also i had to review the shots taken to see if they needed re-doing. When filming i found that we had to film the same shot a number of times just to make sure it was perfect for the editing stage. There were many occasions I made Omar take shots again just for flow and continuity, an example of this is a shot where all we had to do was put a newspaper on a table, however I was not happy with the way it looked on the camera. There were many shots which we had to re-do as i wanted to make sure that they were perfect; soon I will upload a video of bloopers and re-done shots.

Another part of my role was making sure that we got all the shots from our story board and shot list on the camera. This was fairly challenging as we kept having to re-take shots and adjust our position to replicate the shots on the story board. It was important for me to make sure we stayed as close to our planning as possible so our end result comes out exactly how we expected it to. As well as trying to incorporate the shots I came up with a lot more shots which we filmed. There were times where i even had to take over as camera man for a short period of time just to show my group exactly what I was talking about, I had to do this as at times I was finding hard telling them what exactly i wanted to do so in the end i just had to show them; an example of this is when i had to climb up on a table to film a birds-eye shot of our female protagonist (Alyesha) stirring a cup of tea.


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This image is one of the props which i have created for our sequence. The newspaper which i have created shows pictures of 5 girls which have been murdered. In our sequence we will show all of these girls after they have died, this will done with a flashback effect. The newspaper itself will feature within our sequence as a part of the story. The girls within the paper will be acting in our sequence.