Suzanne Micael – As part of ‘Unchained’ 1037

Preliminary Task Video

My Edit of the Final Product:


Suzannes Research

Opening Sequence Analysis

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Development of the Horror Genre Development of the horror genre 1 Development of the horror genre 2Development of the horror genre 3 Development of the horror genre 4 Development of the horror genre 5


Top 5 Directors within the Horror Genre

Titles Analysis

Stock Characters

Key Conventions

Soundtrack Analysis

Soundtracks are often used in film to create intensity necessary for key scenes and to produce a desired atmosphere that adds to the narrative. Music is composed to feature alongside the visual film to create a particular motif that partners what an audience actually sees. There are two types of soundtracks that both accompany a film; this includes the music and the score. The music is often the sound heard in a background of dialogue being spoken whether it being diegetic or non-diegetic whereas the score is orchestral music being played over action within the film. Continuing with my research of the Horror genre, I have chosen to analyse the soundtrack of ‘Scream’ (1996). Although the two films belong to the horror genre, both films are completely different in narrative, year of release etc. These two films allow me to investigate further if there is a consistent sounding theme to horror genres.

Scream (1996)

I consider Scream to be a true depiction of the Horror genre as the general synopsis includes a masked villain seeking revenge and in turn murdering countless victims. Therefore analysing this opening film would be interesting as it could mean the use of soundtrack is somewhat conventional also.

Straight away, a short tempo, echoing sound that increases in volume as well as non diegetic sounds of a female screaming and a heartbeat increasing in pace is heard. As the screaming female sound effect becomes louder in volume, another non-diegetic sound of a telephone is introduced. None of these sound effects are synchronised which enable the audience to easily distinguish each sound for what it is. These sounds combined create a strong sense of an eerie enigma as they all connote fear in some form or another. Screaming is generally an expression of fear whereas a physical form of fear would be a fasted pace beating heart. As this is one of the first sounds the audience will hear throughout this movie, this allows them to recognise the fear from an early stage and associate the rest of the narrative to that feeling. Also, as the noises don’t technically sound similar, this disorientates the potential target audience as they are completely unaware as to where of the cause for these sounds. This continues throughout the opening title of the film and suddenly stops after a non-diegetic; chopping knife sound effect is used to bring them all to a hold. Again, this effect suggests similar connotations of the sounds mentioned above and is used to emphasise titling of the film as it is heard when ‘Scream’ appears on the screen. This technique of the music/sound increasing progressively when the title of the film is shown and afterwards; fading out is used to exaggerate the importance of a film title. The transition between the telephones ringing from non-diegetic to diegetic is also highlighted following the titles as the audience is able to see the telephone and connect the visual information with the sound.

The ringing also stops as the audio sound of the phone being picked up is known. As the young girl begins to speak, it is obvious through her dialogue (which is synchronous sound as the movement of mouth is made obvious) that she is of a young age; possibly 15 – 20 as her voice is considerably soft spoken and gentle. The young girl uses direct mode of address to greet the person on the other end of the telephone. The audience automatically identifies her as a character should react empathetic towards. The next voice heard is slightly more muffled to represent the fact he is speaking through the phone. The dialogue and the sound of his voice indicate this is a male character although his age is hard to recognise. This characters tone juxtaposes with the females vulnerability, as his tone of voice comes across more condescending in the repetitive questions he asks the young girl. This would alarm an audience as they also would question the reasoning of a man calling a young girl in such a tone. The background sounds played throughout this dialogue include ambient sounds of crickets and ghostly wind. Crickets often suggest isolation as they can be heard when an atmosphere is quiet or belong in areas that are isolated. This could mean that the girl is alone and as this is within the Horror Genre, this could potentially foreshadow the fact she is a victim because if she is attacked etc. by a possible villain, it would be hard to seek help straight away. No background music or score is used throughout the conversation, and the sound effects that are used are low in volume. This interpreted from an audience’s point of view is that this scene has an impact on the plot of the storyline and as a result the audience should be distracted.

Overall, the Scream soundtrack did portray conventions of the Horror genre such as the sound effects leading up to the conversation; sounds of the screaming. This would be particularly suitable for audiences over 13 as the content will be less scary and appropriate. As the certification of Scream is an 18 rating, the film in turn targets teenagers; which is relayed in the soundtrack.

Media Research Evaluation

My extensive research in the horror genre enabled me to make choices about my own film product by observing the conventions and other attributes that have been in cooperated in successful examples of media products that belong to this genre. Breaking down my research into specific features helped me identify aspects such as camera shots, angles, movement, characters, soundtracks, trademarks of directors and many other things.


Film Title: ‘Unchained’ Running Time: 2.11 minutes

The film begins with Jade and Clarissa meeting up at a cafe to discuss their upcoming camping trip as well as Jades liking to Jason, the new member in their friendship group. After agreeing to meet again, they both go there separate ways just after creating a list of things they should bring to their meet up the following. The scene cuts to a male room that the audience comes to find out is owned by Michael who is accompanied by Hannah, Daniel and Jayden researching how to get the location of the camping trip. Whilst researching about the place, Michael come across an article that lists numerous names of missing people and individuals found dead in that area. Hannah hovering over Michael, now also learns about this list and encourages the others to act like men and stop being scared of a dangerous area as Jayden clearly opposes to attend this trip. After being convinced Jayden and Jason leave the house. On the way to the car Jayden still remains unsure and in an attempt to distract him, Jason changes the topic to Clarissa. Jason confides in Jayden about his interest in Clarissa. The scene cuts back to Hannah and Michael who are now discussing the trip, their parents and their relationship. After Hannah helps Jason pack for the trip, they eventually both fall asleep together. The next scene follows them waking up together with the others all outside beeping their horns and hollering for them to come down. As Hannah and Michael wake up laughing from the others noisiness, the audience then sees the Jayden, Jason, Clarissa and Jade waiting outside the house; teasing Jayden on how scared he was the night before over the articles Michael had found. Finally, Michael and Hannah leave the house and all of them get in their designated cars; Michael driving with Hannah and Jason and Jayden driving Clarissa and Jade. The two cars eventually ride of.

On the journey to the camp site, the group are stopped by two middle aged men who warn them not to continue their journey. They explain this area is secluded and they will struggle to find help at later hours in the night if they do choose to ignore their advice of avoiding the trip altogether. Again, the group convince Jayden he will be safe and that if anything bad does happen they all have each other. After arriving at the camp site the group start to set up the tents and prepare for the night ahead. They all join round the fire in a circle discussing the article they had seen. Jade notices creepy sounds coming from the forest creepy movements. On his way to the forest, Jason finds a book on the floor that contains information about a demon that existed many years before in that exact location. Taking it back to the group circle, he notices Michael and Hannah have wondered of into the forest. The group begin to read more about the book, even though Jayden refuses to listen. They find out that by them reading the book, the demon is free from being unchained. Moments later, Michael and Hannah are kissing against a tree and Hannah begins to take of her clothes though Michael seems hesitant. They both get distracted from a figure that is standing in their presence. After Michael sees a glimpse of the demons face they both start running manically in the forest. The demon catches Michael and begins to savagely kill him as he struggles to escape free. Hannah runs back towards the demon; trying to save Michael and quickly realises her mistake. The demon captures her and drags her recklessly to another part of the forest. The scene then cuts back to the group around the fire who are discussing reasons why they would be the last person alive in scary situation. The group also wonders whether Hannah and Michael are lost but don’t ponder the thought to much.

Following this conversation, the scene depicts Hannah chained up to a tree in her underwear. Seconds later, the demon stabs her repeatedly with his sharp like hands. Clarissa and Jason are left around the fire as Jayden and Jade are both sleeping in their tents, Clarissa shares her concern that Hannah and Michael are missing and Jason explains she shouldn’t worry as they’re together and they probably doing something they should be alone for. This doesn’t ease her mind and Jason says that if they don’t return in half an hour, the group will go out and look for them. The demon silhouette can be seen on the tent which wakes up Jade. Jade, in turn wakes up Jayden who is lying next to her to join the other two. Jason finally agrees to go looking for Michael and Hannah. They eventually realise there is blood on the floor and a piece of clothing of Hannah’s. After panicking and recognising there is no telephone connection; they automatically begin screaming their names. This comes to a sudden stop as Jade feels as though they are being watched. Out of nowhere, the demon begins chasing after the group which naturally splits up. Jason and Jade head into one direction which the demon follows, catching Jason by the legs and starting to eat at his back as Jason screams for Jade to continue running. Jade looks back and immediately begins crying uncontrollably before eventually running into a different pathway. Jayden and Clarissa are beginning to catch their breath in complete shock of what happened. Jayden states they need to go back and Clarissa hesitates out of fear. Jayden remembers he has the key to his car and comes up with the plan to find the others and take them back to his car. Elsewhere, Jade stumbles onto a bloody trail which she follows cautiously, come to find out Hannah’s dead body is attached to the tree. After witnessing this, she runs deep into the forest bumping into Jayden and Clarissa, informing them on what she saw. As they frantically head towards the car, the demon is creepily standing alongside them; grabbing Jades arm. Jade screams and the other two try their best to hurt the demon and free their friend. Before the demon escapes, he cuts Jade deeply the stomach and she begins loosing a lot of blood. Shortly after, Jade dies. The other two head in the car and try and escape the forest. As they drive of they realise the demon is chasing them but then comes to a stop and returns to the forest. The film ends with Jayden and Clarissa hugging each other in the local police station, both covered in cuts and bruises.

Opening Sequence Key Scenes

My role as a Camera Person

As camera person I will have carry out the following task:

Make decisions about all of the camera shots that will be used in the opening sequence.
Produce all of the storyboards.
Present the storyboards to their group.
Load the storyboards onto the group’s Blog page.
Operate the camera for the group’s production shoot.

Make decisions about all of the camera shots that will be used in the opening sequence.

In order to carry out this role, I had to extend my knowledge of camera shots, angles and movements I could use to portray the scenes. This will help me identify all the necessary shots that can be included in my own film product. My research enabled me to further my understanding of camera shots, angles and movements further as I was able to recognise which were repetitively seen during the opening sequences of films I had studied. Therefore I kept this in mind when producing my horror film.

Produce all of the storyboards.

Present the storyboards to their group.

I presented these storyboards to the other members in my group which involved me explaining the shots used and interpreting the drawings so they could envision the scenes that I had produced. This was a necessary step as it combined my role with the other roles of my group members such as the editor.


 Produce an illustrated explanation of the group’s shoot progress.

Evaluation Plan

1)In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products.

Present a Slideshare

2)How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Produce a Soundcloud voice note

3)What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Use a Prezi powerpoint

4)Who would be the audience for your media product?

Create a Slideshare

5)How did you attract/address your audience?


6)What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?


7)Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product.


Media Evaluation Questions:

1)In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products.

2)How does your media product represent particular social groups?

3)What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

4)Who would be the audience for your media product?

5)How did you attract/address your audience?

6)What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
Screenshots depicting evidence of my editing process:
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7)Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product.

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