When looking at films from any genre there different groups and social classes which are presented. Within the thriller genre there are specific social groups we can talk about.

The first social group we can talk about is the male gender. The man plays a specific role within the thriller genre as do women. The man is usually the protagonist. In Thrillers there is usually some type of quest for the male protagonist, unlike in action films these quests are not usually fast paced and full of action. Vladimir Yakovlevich Propp was a Soviet folklorist who analysed Russian folk tales to break down and look at narrative elements and also characters.

His Theory:

  • The villain (struggles against the hero)
  • The donor (prepares the hero or gives the hero some magical object)
  • The (magical) helper (helps the hero in the quest)
  • The princess (person the hero marries, often sought for during the narrative)
  • The false hero (perceived as good character in beginning but emerges as evil)
  • The dispatcher (character who makes the lack known and sends the hero off)
  • The hero (AKA victim/seeker/paladin/WINNER, reacts to the donor, weds the princess)

This is theory can also apply to films within the thriller genre. An example of a film it does apply in is ‘The Matrix’. In the film the Matrix there is a clear Hero which is Neo, The Donor which is Morpheus, a villain which is Agent Smith, a dispatcher which is the oracle, a princess which is Trinity (despite the fact she is strong and can fight at some point of the film Neo has to SAVE her) and a false hero which is cypher. Although The Matrix is assisted by CGI and contains a lot of action, it still has some features of a psychological thriller.

Within our thriller however we didn’t really include Propp’s theory. Our main character was a female and she was the only character we really see within the piece apart from the girls in the flash backs who are already dead.

Some character types are not really mentioned in Propp’s theory, the one I’m going to be referring to is the Femme Fatal. A Femme Fatal is a woman who is often very beautiful and extremely seductive. Despite being extremely beautiful and seductive she will only ever looks out for herself, in most cases the femme fatal will die or be killed in the end. Some times the femme fatal will help the hero then betray him in some way.



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The image above shows the application garageband.

This is the soundtrack which I made for our final thriller opening. The sound was probably the most annoying aspect of the editing stage as I searched the internet but we could just not find a soundtrack which suited our thriller. I looked at royalty free music websites to find music however a lot of the sites which we came across were not really free and had some hidden charges; all the free sites we came across were rubbish apart from one. The one site which we did find for music which actually quite good was -http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/- the site was really good and has a massive array of royalty free music tracks to choose from. However despite the mass amount of choice of music, we still could not find a track which suited our piece. So I decided that I was just going to make one. The application I made this on was garage band. I have used garage band before but I’m no pro, this meant that a lot of time was spent fiddling around and getting to grips with the app itself. I have used the app before as I said but when i used it it was a couple years ago and i was trying to make a dubstep track anyway the point is I was a little bit rusty.

When making the track I had to make sure it followed what we wanted as a group. As a group we agreed that the track had to be slow and subtle, however we still had to make sure it was identifiable as a song associated with a thriller film. The track that i made took quite a while and there were a lot of failed attempts and re drafts. The first draft I came up with was a song which was made up of violins and background noises. I shared this with some of the members in my group and they liked it however it was a bit too much for our thriller, so it was back to the drawing board. after a couple attempts I had finally cracked it ūüôā The track i made was slow eerie and oh so creepy.


With the filming of the murders done and dusted we could now focus on the main bulk of the plot. The second day revolved around us filming shots of the main character of Stigma, the main character was Alyesha who is a part of our group.

After grabbing all the equipment we needed we made our may to my house. Firstly we had to get establishing shots of the area of which our opening sequence would take place in. I instructed our camera man Omar to take shots of the house on its own. after reviewing these shots I didn’t like them, however they gave me an idea. as I live opposite a forrest I told Omar to get inside one of the bushes (not in the way you think) in order for us to take a POV shot from the unknown watchers perspective. The shot came out beautifully and exactly how we wanted it too, when editing we also added a filter which added a frame to make it look like it was recorded off of an old cam-corder, but I will talk about this in, more detail in another post.

The next set of shots I wanted to get was of Alyesha getting off of the bus and walking up to the house. This was a long and extremely annoying process. It sounds easy enough to get shots of someone getting off a bus and walking up to a house but when you throw in a main road full of cars, busses and people wondering what on earth you doing, it makes the task near impossible. One of the problems that occurred were people looking directly at the camera and smiling. This helped ruin some really good shots. It took us ages getting a shot of Alyesha getting off the bus and when it eventually happened the bus driver kept smiling at the camera and laughing; it really wasn’t that funny driver.

After taking all the shots we needed from outside our filming inside continued. We filmed Alyesha doing normal things you would do after coming home from a long day at work; taking off her coat, making herself a cup of tea, putting on the TV ect. The main purpose of these shots were to add that sense of normality. The shots were of fairly basic things such as a phone and a cup of tea, however we got some real nice technical shots. A few shots we got was a fridge shot, where we place a camera inside the fridge and filmed Alyesha opening it, another was a birds-eye view of Alyesha stirring the tea; there were a lot more but i could be going of for another 500 words so I’ll move on. Some of the shots we took were in order to enforce the theme of The Devil and also to tie in the plot for ‘Sigma’. An example of a shot which did this is one we had of the phone. We had a shot of a telephone and the answering machine had 6 unread messages. The 6 shown on the answering machine was a 6 and it kept flashing, we filmed this to show the theme of 666 the sign of the beast. Another one of the 666 shots we got was of a TV. In the shot Alyesha was shown trying to change the channel but the buttons were not working and the numbers 666 kept appearing on the screen.


Filming day was the day where we filmed the majority of our footage for out thriller opening. This was the day where our roles within the group were really put into play, so after a long day at school myself and the other members of our group (Alyesha, Omar and Harroldas) made our way to the location of where we would be filming, which in this case was my house; we also had a small group of girl class mates with us who we asked to star within our opening. We made our way to my house with all of our equipment and props we had a little break in which the girls decided they would make tea and toast for themselves, me and group however were not offered any. Anyway the first day of filming consisted of us filming a certain set of shots. The shots we had to film were flashbacks of multiple girls bodies being found ¬†in various different locations. The process was extremely annoying and tedious at times as some of the girls would burst out laughing in the middle of a shot where they were meant to be dead; This was extremely annoying however we got it done…..eventually

when filming the various deaths we incorporated the number six in every shot. This is because our opening was based on the devils numbers 666. In the first death we showed a girl laying dead in the forrest. in this shot we carved a 6 within the mud. in the second we set the time on one of the girls phones as- 18:00. in this shot we took a close up of the phone and filmed it as soon as the time went from 17:59 – 18:00; after this we then used a panning shot from the phone to the girl laying dead on the bed. The third girl we had laying dead in the bath. On her head was fake blood and within that fake blood a 6 was drawn in on her forehead. In the shots for the fourth girls death we actually showed the process of her dying. This involved her putting a tablet in a glass and drinking it, after she drinks it she drops the glass and falls on the floor. In this death the 6 is on the tablet itself and and we got a few really nice close shots of the tablet in the glass where you can clearly see the 6. in the last shot we showed the final girl laying down with a close up of her back. on her back were massive marks and bruises which were all done by Alyesha using make up. Within the fake bruises Alyesha some how created a 6.

We incorporated all of the sixes in a way which it was not obvious but you could see them still, we did it subtly as we did not want it to be obvious and overdone.


When choosing a name for out thriller opening we decided to call it Stigma. The reason for this is that out opening is related to the theme of 666 and signs of the Devil.


What is Stigma?

People who have stigmata exhibit wounds that duplicate or represent those that Jesus is said to have endured during his crucifixion. The wounds typically appear on the stigmatic’s hands and feet (as from crucifixion spikes) and also sometimes on the side (as from a spear) and hairline (as from a crown of thorns).

Along with possession and exorcism, stigmata often appears in horror films, and it’s not difficult to see why: bloody wounds that mysteriously and spontaneously open up are terrifying. However, stigmatic’s, who are typically devout Roman Catholics, do not see their affliction as a terrifying menace but instead as a miraculous blessing ‚ÄĒ a sign that they have been specially¬† chosen by God to suffer the same wounds his son did.


The chosen title fit our piece well as It fit the narrative and also adds to the mysterious factor of our opening sequence. One of the main ways it adds a sense of mystery to our piece is that people today are still unsure if the Stigma actually exits.