Qualitative research

After watching this sequence what genre do you think it is?

Student 1- Horror

Student 2- Thriller

Student 3- Horror

Student 4- I couldn’t tell

Student 5-Murder mystery


What do you think we should improve?

Student 1- The titles didn’t look quite right

Student 2- Some points were quite jumpy and didn’t look effective.

Student 3- Include some more narrative, and give some more of the plot away, maybe include a few bits of the opening sequence.

Student 4- The fake blood doesn’t look effective

Student 5- The Titles need to be improved


What do you think was the strongest part of the sequence was?

Student 1- the sound was effective

Student 2-I agree the sound was effective in creating suspense.

Student 3- The black outs created some suspense

Student 4- The slow motion of the tracking was really well done and added some horror

Student 5- I liked the layering of the clips.


Opinions on mise-en-scene?

Student 1- I don’t think it was very effective especially not the fake blood.

Student 2- I agree the fake blood didn’t look good

Student 3- I thought the use of the book was good as it gave away some of the narrative and background information

Student 4- The setting of the woods was good because of the connotations that come with it

Student 5- Whats mise-en-scene

What was your favourite shot?

Student 1- I really liked the first shot of the man.

Student 2- My favourite shot was the shot of the man running through the woods

Student 3- I liked the final shot of the man walking through the door

Student 4- I agree that was my favourite shot as well

Student 5-I liked the shot of the tree with the title on


Camera (DSLR)


ISO- This changes the sensitivity of the film, the lower the ISO the less sensitive the film is and the more light you’ll need. So then obviously vice versa, the higher the ISO setting the more sensitive the film is the less light you’ll need.

If you were filming outside in the sunshine you would have your DSLR set to an ISO of 100-400, if it was low sunlight outside you would have an ISO setting of 800.

For evening use or low light you would have an ISO setting of 1000+ISO.png

Aperture- this changes how wide the lens is. The higher the aperture setting the wider the lens is meaning it allows more light in so the image is more blurry. The higher the setting the smaller the aperture of the lens therefore the less light can get in and the image is sharper.



Shutter speed- affects how much light gets into the camera and for how long. Low shutter speed captures moving images as still. Open the shutter for a small amount of time and you can freeze a moving picture. Opening the shutter for a long time can show the movement of a fast moving object.

Durham County- textual analysis

I have completed a textual analysis on the title sequence of the Canadian TV show Durham County.

Hatchet- Textual analysis


Hatchet is a 2006 horror film directed by Adam Green. The film is centred around a group of tourists from new Orleans who embark on a haunted tour which all goes terribly wrong.

The opening sequences uses film micro features to set an uncomfortable and eerie atmosphere for the audience. It forces the audience to ask many questions which are left unanswered. The sequence starts with complete darkness and a slow pace, low pitched non diegetic sound reflecting the beat of someone’s heart beat. The lighting then brightens up and a long shot of the lake setting in revealed, with the boat with the father and son in as the only part with light, this could show that something bad is going to happen to them and that they are important to the storyline. There is then a high angled two shot of the men, they are sitting with their backs to each other suggest they don’t like each other however the high angle shot portrays them as vulnerable suggesting something is going to happen to them. The mise-en-scene of their clothing and boat suggest they are out their for fishing.

The dialogue between the men is quiet and questioned could be asked as to what the thing they are talking about is. Suddenly there is a close up of the something coming to the surface of the water quickly with the non diegetic sound suddenly getting louder this shocks the audience and suggests all is not right with the lake and there is something dangerous within the water. However as the lighting is low key the subject within the water isn’t easy to distinguish. This may unnerve the audience.

The camera then cuts to a point of view shot from the father looking out into the woods creating a visceral reaction within the audience. It is an unsettling feeling for the viewer as not much can be seen however they feel as if they are personally looking at it. This helps to create the fear for the viewer suggesting that the characters are scared or unnerved. Also as the stereotypes that come with woods at night time and generic conventions of horror films you can anticipate that something bad is going to happen soon. It then cuts to a point of view from something from the woods looking at the man. They are looking through the trees suggesting they are trying to stay hidden giving the same affect that the point of view shot does as we cannot see who or what it is.

There is then a two shot of the men with the focus on the fathers face which shows him to be unsettled and nervous. The camera tracks back to a long shot of the men in the boat a eerie non diegetic music over top suggesting all is not right and something is about to happen. It then tracks back in to a shot reverse shot of the men’s conversation, a low angle shot on the so standing up portraying him as powerful and a high angle shot of the dad presenting him as vulnerable. Although they are presented as this the son is then scared by something in the water and falls back. Still you don’t get to see what the thing is creating more fear and anticipation. The father then grabs a rod suggesting they are fully equipped if something goes wrong, showing them to be in danger.

There is then diegetic sound of thunder and rain and the camera tracks round showing different parts of the setting however never showing the two men, this could show that something has happened however we as the audience don’t know yet. The camera then follows the son back to the boat with close ups of his feet treading slowly suggesting he is scared. Then it is revealed that his dad has been killed with closed ups of his guts been taken out however we never see or hear any of it so we do not know what it is. This could suggest that there is something haunted about the woods. The diegetic and non diegetic sound is loud a this point as the camera tracks close up to the dead mans remains.

The camera then tracks up into the air and upbeat action like non diegetic music starts. The setting of the woods is still in the background in low key lighting. The music shows that that scene is over. The credits flash up in the centre of the shot at a fast pace. They are in white letters so they stand out. The setting in the background keeps moving slightly suggesting everything is out of kilter. The name of the film comes up and stays in the shot for longer than the others did while the camera moves quickly round the setting randomly. This could show they are trying to run from something and don’t know where to stop. As the names of the actors pop up the camera goes underwater suggesting that the water has a main part to do with the film maybe answering some of the questions about hat happened to the men. It then ends with high key lighting in a party scene, suggesting we all is well at the moment however not for long.


I Know What You Did Last Summer- Textual analysis

I know what you did last summer is a thriller released in 1997 directed by Jim Gillespsie.

The music starts with some upbeat non diegetic punk music suggesting it is aimed at young audiences or about young people. The screen is black apart from the first credit in the centre in white. The credits are edited so they slowly come up on the screen creating no suspense. Slowly the non diegetic sound of waves and the soundtrack start playing together. This helps show the setting of the film.

The setting then is shown as the camera is high angled and quickly tracks above the sea, this suggests that they are trying to show something quickly however it doesn’t really create much suspense so suggesting they aren’t trying to show something bad about to happen. The name of the film then pops up in the centre however the names isn’t al in line, suggesting something is odd or something is wrong. Also the words are different sizes suggesting something is not quite right and out of kilter.

The lighting is slightly low key with a very blue tint showing its in the morning. With generic conventions of thrillers nothing really happens in the morning so therefore we can predict nothing is going t start off bad making the viewer feel relieved and relaxed. The camera then tilts up as the actor names come onto the shot. It then slowly tracks along the ocean setting with the non diegetic music still playing however the slow tracking of the camera starts to create some suspense. The camera starts to slightly move up and down with in a wave like motion suggesting something is wrong and to cause the viewer to feel slightly unsettled.

The camera then tracks up over the cliffs and becomes a high angled shot off the road the camera also spins and breaks the 180 degree rule this may cause the viewer to feels unnerved and suspect something bad is going to happen.

Appeal Of Horror

There are six attractions of horror: Brain physiology, uncanny, catharsis, fascination, sensation seeking scale and societal fear.

  1. Brain physiology- What attracts us to being scared ? There are medical reasons to do with how our brain functions, Christof Koch said in his research the right side of the brain (Amygydala) gets heightened when we see animals. Reptiles are the animals which scare people the most, therefore the subject you are suppose to be scared of in the film usually have animal features such as sharp teeth or snake like eyes. Thomas Straube said in his research that the visual cortex, insular cortex, Thalamus, Dorsal Medial Prefrontal Cortex parts of the brain are activated.
  2. Uncanny- Research done by Sigmund Freud, Jung said it taps into our primordial archetypes. Our dreams are our deepest fears and desires. All had disturbing dreams, horror movies could come from these. They are things we recognise but cant work out, such as shadows.
  3. Catharsis- Is soothing and losing yourself in films. Take you away from lifes struggles and stresses. People go to the cinema to lose themselves in film. They think things they wouldn’t normally think.
  4. Fascination- Zillman came up with in his research that odd beliefs are practiced through horror films. These views wouldn’t be acceptable in society they are views on sex, sexuality, crime and punishment. It goes against morals. It helps transgressive behaviour, this shows things you can’t do.
  5. Sensation seeking scale- Zuckerman said that people watch films to seek for thrills and people just love thrills.
  6. Societal fears- Horror films embody societal fears. it is a safe space for social fears.


Low key lighting show setting and show the ambiguity of the piece. The lack of sound creates suspense and works well with the ticking of the clock. The match on action and different shot types work well so it didn’t create a continuity problem for the audience. The framing of the shot, not seeing the mans face, and camera angles work well. The miss-en-scene feature of props with the roses creates a narrative enigma for the audience.

Bastion of Blood analysis

The crane camera angle  at the beginning of the sequence sets the scene along with the diegetic sound when the girl is running through the woods. There is a good use of an establishing shot and close up of her running and a long shot to show the scene and set the plot. They track the runner and the man climbing the steps with the camera this does a good job of creating suspense. The non-diegetic sound over the top is eerie  creating suspense for the audience. The camera is still and not jolting. The cuts between the shots were clean and showed good continuity editing. The close up of the feet running and the hands opening the prop of the brief case show something bad is going to happen and create discomfort for the audience. The mise-en-scene aspect of props (the gun) help guide the audience with the narrative and show what the plot is about. The point of view shot works well with the rest of the shot types. The diegetic sound of the gun shot has been edited well over the action.

Closed Circuit analysis

The high angle of the camera made the character in the shot look vulnerable which creates suspense for the audience. The acting was confident and looked like they knew what they were doing. The props used showed the audience where the action was taking place. Also the use of a CCTV camera made it more realistic and might have a created a discomfort for the audience however still making them intrigued. The black and white picture does a good job of creating suspense. The diegetic sound of the camera zooming in and image of the camera zoom also creates a sense of vulnerability for the audience causing them to feel anxious about what is going to happen to the girl. The non-diegetic soundtrack sets  the scene with its low pitch and slow rhythm.

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