Cinematography is important in film because the variety of shots that are used all have different meanings and are used for a specific purpose. An example could be a extreme close up shot which concentrates on just a specific object/part of a character in detail to emphasise on it. I believe its important to think about the cinematography, especially in thriller films because the conventional cinematography techniques used for thrillers plays a big role in creating a effective thriller film. The cinematography techniques should create a chilling response from the audience also creating suspense keeping them at the edge of their seats.
Some of the conventional uses of cinematography in thrillers are close up shots, establishing shot and the Point Of View shot:
- Close up shots are conventional because it shows a characters emotions in detail and emphasises on the feelings displayed through the characters face.
- The establishing shot is conventional because it can set the scene at the beginning of the thriller film, the effect this has is that it shows the audience where the current scene would be taking place.
- The Point Of View shot is conventional to a thriller because it creates the sense that the audience is viewing the film in the shoes of the character, and it creates suspense and tension because the viewer wouldn't be aware of what would occur next
- Close up would be used when the protagonist is aware that she has been captured and tied up. I have chosen to use this because this would concentrate on the characters frightened emotion and show it in detail to the audience. This is conventional to a thriller because the audience can see the shock and fright clearly.
- Establishing shot would be used at the beginning of a scene. I have chosen this because it gives an idea of where the scene is going to take place at. this is conventional to a thriller because it would show where the thrilling and chilling action would be taking place.
- High angle shot would be used when there is a camera angle shown on the protagonist. I have chosen this because it shown the victim as powerless and vulnerable. this is conventional to a thriller because it portrays the victim as being weak against the antagonist
- An extreme close up shot could be used to show the victims eyes when she slowly strarts to realise where she is. I have chosen this because I want to portray the importance of a specific part of the characters face. This is conventional to a thriller because after being captured by the antagonist the viewers should be able to see clearly a part of the victim such as the eyes being effected.
- A close up shot could also be used on the objects around the room. I have chosen to use this because the viewer would be aware of the objects around the room such as the jar containing spiders, and tools that could be used as a weapon such as a hammer and a spanner. This would be conventional to a thriller because the close-up shots of the tools would imply the message that they are are weapons that the mysterious hooded figures would use against the girl.
- A low angle shot would be used when the camera angle is showing the antagonist which would be the hooded figures. I have chosen this because this camera angle would show the hooded figures as having strength and being powerful. This is conventional to a thriller because it shows the antagonist having superior power over the antagonist
- A medium close up shot would be used when showing the hooded figures. I have chosen this because the body language and the posture of the hooded figures would be important to show to the audience. This is conventional to a thriller because a medium close up shot would show the antagonist as having a firm body posture which would signify the threat they have against the young victim.