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An Introduction to the Horror Genre. What is the horror genre? What is the task for this Controlled Assessment? What are the conventions of horror?. Horror Films you have watched. List as many horror films that you have seen. Share your list with the other people at your table.

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An introduction to the horror genre

An Introduction tothe Horror Genre

What is the horror genre?

What is the task for this Controlled Assessment?

What are the conventions of horror?


Horror films you have watched

Horror Films you have watched

  • List as many horror films that you have seen.

  • Share your list with the other people at your table.

  • You have five mins to do this.


Fear itself

Fear itself

Write down what you are afraid.

What other fears do

people have?

Why is the horror genre so powerful?

aliens

the dark

spiders

ghosts

zombies

clowns

The unknown

monsters

bees and wasps


Fear of the unknown

Fear of the Unknown

Horror of Personality

(Psycho)

Horror of Armageddon

(Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

Horror of the demonic

(The Exorcist)

Dystopian world view


Audiences of horror

Audiences of Horror

Why would audiences want to ‘escape’ with a genre that stimulates fear and anxiety with horrific events?

A Nightmare on Elm Street = 9 sequels since 1984Saw = 6 sequels since 2004

Halloween = 10 sequels since 1978Final Destination = 5 sequels since 2000

Friday the 13th = 12 sequels since 1980Paranormal Activity = 4 sequels since 2007


An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre using original images to include titles

“An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre, using original images. To include titles.”

Research [30]

  • Genre Research (sub-genres, conventions, opening sequences, etc.)

  • Brainstorming (possible camera, costumes, music, locations, narrative ideas, etc. including sketches)

  • Audience Research 1 (questionnaire – min. 10 questions & 20 people surveyed)


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“An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre, using original images. To include titles.”

Initial Planning

  • Treatment (an outline of your film)

  • Character Profiles (details on your characters and their background)

  • Audience Research 2 (feedback once you present your idea and info on how that has impacted your film)


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“An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre, using original images. To include titles.”

Production Planning

  • Storyboards (1 per group – these can be colour drawings or photo storyboards)

  • Production design pages (details and reasons why you’ve chosen specific locations, costumes, camera angles, etc.)

  • Script (dialogue, sound choices, voice-over)

  • Shot Lists / Shooting Schedule


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“An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre, using original images. To include titles.”

Production & Editing [60]

Film your film. You can use school cameras or your own if they are HD. You are encouraged to film outside of school.

No planning = no permission to film! Your research & planning folder must be signed off before you can start the next phase.

You will be marked on…

  • Holding a shot steady (so use a tripod where needed)

  • Framing

  • Variety of camera angles/shot distances

  • Selecting mise-en-scene

  • Continuity editing

  • Sound

  • Titles & appropriate transitions


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“An opening sequence for a new film in the horror genre, using original images. To include titles.”

Written Evaluation [30]


The conventions of horror films

The Conventions of Horror Films

List the conventions of horror movies (conventions are the elements you expect in a horror film): Try to fit in an example from the horror films you know.

  • Typical plot line

  • Typical events

  • Stars / Actors

  • Style of filming and editing

  • Dialogue

  • Type of characters

  • Typical settings

  • Expected props

  • Main themes

  • Mood

  • Music

Fill in the conventions sheet


Some important things to know about genre

Some important things to know about Genre

Genres change over time……

When a particular type of film becomes popular, it is imitated, then a genre develops. Over time, certain conventions become ‘the rules’.

Eventually, changes occur, subgenres appear. Some may become full genres in their own right.

A mature genre can be parodied or mocked (Scary Movie).

Films may mix their genres to appeal to more audiences.


Some important things to know about genre1

Some important things to know about Genre

Genres can be made up of sub-genres, each with their own specific set of conventions.

What are some sub-genres of horror?

slasher, teen terror, serial killers, zombie, vampire, alien, psychological, found footage

Try to name a film that fits each subgenre


Some important things to know about genre2

Some important things to know about Genre

Genre movies tell us about the time in which they are made, not set.

Genre movies reinforce ideas in society.

In The Ring, there is a fear of technology – Samara can kill you through the television & a phone call says you will die in 7 days.

Genre movies often involve conflict between accepted ideas and “the other”.


Watch and write

Watch and Write

‘Prom Night’ (2008), Nelson McCormick

‘Scream’ (1996), Wes Craven

‘Darkness Falls’ (2003), Jonathon Liebesman

‘The Ring’ (2002), Gore Verbinski

‘Saw’ (2004), James Wan

Fill in the Opening Sequence Analysis sheet


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