The genre that we have chosen for our film is a thriller.
We are going to include forensic elements, thus creating a forensic subgenre. We have chosen this
subgenre as we feel that programs such as CSI: Miami and films such as the Bourne Identity series are very
enjoyable and entertaining to watch.This subgenre is also a great base to build character identities.
• Victim walks up towards castle field house and approaches her front door.
• She's unlocking her front door but turns around as she feels some one is watching her, but she see's
• She continues to open her front door and walks in, without locking it behind her
• The murderer slowly follows and enters the house
• Victim is in the living room as the murderer enters the house, he slowly makes his way towards the living
• Victim is killed
• Screen fades to black, text appears: "several hours later..."
• Black screen fades-out, before crime scene with the forensic scientists fades-in
• The forensic team finds various clues from the crime scene which leads to possible conclusions as to
who the murderer is
• Murderer is spotted in the distance and one of the forensic team runs after him
• Murderer drops a small black book with several names in.
The crime scene will take place in the living room of Castlefield House, as it will be
a believable location for a murder to take place.We are going to be filming the exterior of
the house to begin with, before going inside for the murder.
Crime scenes often occur around these types of locations in
popularTV shows and films.
Act One ActTwo ActThree
• Victim is followed into
her house after she
accidentally leaves the
door unlocked and
murdered shortly after.
Audience hears a
• Forensic team get to the
crime scene and
analyse the scene to find
conclusions about the
• Murderer is spotted in
• A short chase scene
between murderer and
forensic scientist where
the murderer gets away
but accidentally drops a
mysterious book with
several names of people
6. Each of us has a different role in the film opening.
Tia will be the victim that gets murdered at the start of the film opening by
Jerome who will be the murderer. Steph and Chloe are both going to be the
detectives who are going to investigate the murder scene.
We will make sure that everyone is dressed accordingly to their role so the audience
will be able to identify who is who.
In the beginning of the film opening the audience wont know much about the
characters, however as the opening progresses the audience will notice that the
victim is very cautious of what goes on around her but has a positive attitude. The
murderer however isn't shown much but by what they will be able to tell is that he is
very suspicious and careful with what he does. As for the detectives they are very
positive and are determined to find the killer.
7. How? Camerawork
As the film is a forensic thriller, the camerawork will have to be suitable for the genre.
Forensic thrillers often involve panning shots where investigations are shortened into quick
events where the investigators find clues from the crime scene.
This style of filming and editing cuts out the unimportant or boring sections of the
investigation, allowing the story to continue without any interruptions.
Point of view shots will be used at the start of the film, from the murderer's perspective.
8. How? Mise En Scene?
The mise en scene within the crime scene will be:
• Castle field house
• Living room
• Sitting chair
• Coffee table
• Two coasters
The props suggest what type of personality the victim had, for example the coasters and extra
sitting chair suggests that she's friendly and likes to have friends over.
Lighting: In the crime scene it will be high key lighting but also low key lighting so that specific
objects can be shown.
• Forensic suit
• Casual makeup tells us that the film is set nowadays not in the past or future
• Smart attire for the detectives connotes they are professional
• Casual clothing for the victim
The lighting, sound, facial expressions and body language
and the mise en scene all together creates a tense atmosphere,
as there's a body lying still on the floor, and everyone in the
room naturally feels uncomfortable and on edge.
9. • In terms of sound, we will have both diagetic and non-diagetic sound. We
will have dramatic mood music, sound of footsteps and screaming.
• Diagetic sound is sound that has originated from source within the film's
world, it can be either on screen or off screen depending on whether its
source is within the frame or outside the frame.
• Non-diagetic sound is when the source of the sound is neither visible on
the screen nor has been implied to be present in the action: narrator's
commentary. This can include sound effects which is added for the
dramatic effect or mood music.
10. • The research we have done has helped us decide on how we are going to layout the murder scene as
well as how we are going to draw the audiences attention to the film to make them want to continue
• The research has also influenced our decisions on the theme of out film opening.
• Doing research has helped us with out time period and how long we have to make the film opening as
well as how long it has to be .
• One form of research we did was watch previous student work on film openings to get an idea of
what to include in ours.
• Watching other film openings gave us a clear understanding on what we will need to have in our
opening to catch the audiences attention and make them want to continue watching.
Influences from Research
11. • Post production is work done on a film after recording has taken place.
• We will have to think about what special effects we will want In the film
• We might need to have a voice over or background sound that we will have
to put in during editing the film opening.
• Other key factors we will have to think of may include:
• Editing, sound, lighting, etc.