How did you attract/ address your audience?
To attract an audience, we created suspense in our film opening to make the film seem more thrilling to watch and use the conventions that other thriller films tend to use in order to get an audience that would enjoy the film.
We used various sounds to our thriller such as a siren, a police call from the mother of the girl and a news report that helps the audience understand the girl is missing. The idea of adding these sounds made the film seem more thrilling as it added a serious effect that showed the girl was missing. My group and I added other sounds as well such as a door squeaking open and the sound of the jewellery box to add a creepy, chilling effect to the film opening. All the sounds used would help to attract an audience because they add a creepy, chilling effect that makes the film opening seem more suspenseful and enjoyable to watch.
When we filmed our thriller opening, we used different camera shots and angles to create more of an effect that makes the film seem intriguing to watch. For example, we used close ups of the woman to demonstrate her emotions and to show the actions she was doing with the make-up to show the audience the woman has gone crazy. We also added these sorts of close ups to create a frightening feel for the audience as the woman was looking in the mirror but the shot showed the woman looking at the camera, therefore when the viewer watches the film opening they will think the woman is looking directly at them, creating a terrifying feel. We also used a few long shots of the girl when she was walking home from school to imply to the audience that the girl is all alone and helps create a slightly sympathetic feel as she looks innocent. These shots help attract an audience as the camera shots help to create a suspenseful effect that makes the audience change their emotions. For example, the audience may feel sympathetic for the children for a moment and then the next moment they are scared by a deranged-looking woman looking like she’s coming out of the screen and directly looking at the audience.
Furthermore, we used various effects when we edited our film opening to create a thrilling effect, make sure the film flowed and to make the film seem more interesting to watch. The effects used on the girl helped the audience understand the scene was a flashback of the woman’s life just before she was kidnapped and some of the effects used on the woman at the beginning of the film opening created an effect that made a distortion effect that makes the audience wonder what the woman looks like and who she is, creating a mystery effect. The editing techniques we used in our film opening made the film seem more interesting and add a scary effect, especially the effects used on the woman and the distortion used to create her character at the beginning of the film.
Overall, we created a suspenseful effect to attract our audience by using different techniques to make the film more thrilling to watch. Additionally, we mainly created a suspenseful effect to the film opening by the use of camera shots as they were easier to make the viewer feel different emotions, such as sympathy for the girl and fright for the woman. All the different techniques used in our film attracts an audience because we have tried to make the film as thrilling as possible but at the same make the film interesting to watch in order to keep the audience engaged in the film.