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  • 1. This high angle establishing shot represents the alien community that the Amish boy(Samuel Lapp) and his mother have entered. The high positioning of the cameraconnotes the lack of status/knowledge the boy and mother have about the new placethey are in. This foreshadows the action that is about to follow. High angle shots arecommon within the thriller genre as they create a sense of fear within the audience asthey can act as a sort of warning in preparation for violence.Time/clocks are important conventions in thrillers. The colour scheme used is very murky. ItThey inject the audience with an uneasy feeling.almost makes the picture blend togetherTime adds an enigmatic feel and builds up the to seem a bit blurred. This couldsuspense and tension which are main elementsrepresent how the boy and his motherthriller films are based around.view their surroundings.

2. This shot allows the audience to empathiseThis is an outstanding shot of the youngwith the character, which allows aAmish boy staring up at a statue of anrelationship to be built motivating the angel with curiosity. This is somethingaudience to keep watching.the boy would have never seen before(coming form an Amish community) so isamazed by what he sees.The boy iswearing a hat This low angle shot makes the angel lookwhich could be mighty and sacred. The audience can seerepresentative of that the angel is holding a dying man aa halo protector from evil.connoting theboys innocence. It is common inthrillers for aninnocent victim tohave to deal withpsychos andcorruption.Weir uses a over the shoulder/high angleshot to show the power of the angel. Itlooks as though the angel is watchingdown over the boy protecting him from thedangers of this strange place.(Foreshadowing of future action) The colour scheme and lighting are dull and lighting kept to a minimum. However, light is being reflected off the angel, adding to its God-like status. 3. This is a brilliant shot of the boy and his motherThe lighting in this shot is ambient (lightswith a vanishing point. Vanishing points create anon the ceiling) This allows the audience toenigmatic feel, creating open questions; whats view the mise-en-scene the same as thebehind the door?characters. (Empathy)The colour scheme is again, gritty and dirty As the boy walks towards the door the audience areconnoting criminality - a rough, dodgy place.left feeling uneasy about the situation. Because theyThis adds to the ominous feeling of the film,have come from an Amish community they are notsetting the tone and preparing the audiencefamiliar with the dangers of cities and towns. Thefor the type of film.mother is unaware that there could be dangers lurking behind the door. 4. Thrillers show the darker side of society andhumanity. Realism, suspense, tension and Violence and corruption areexcitement are key to captivating the audience. important aspects of thrillers as they add to the realism. In this case we have police corruption as an undercover cop is brutally murdered by two of his colleagues.Once again, the dull colour andlight scheme add to theatmosphere. Lighting is ambient.Public restrooms areclaustrophobic and add to thetension. The audience feelsympathetic towards any victimsbecause there is no means ofescape.Mirrors are commonly used inthrillers because they create a The diegetic sound of the victim shouting add tosense of nightmare and confusionthe realism making the audience feelwithin the audience, adding to thesympathetic.fear. 5. The cold metal of the blade adds to the Close ups are common because they harshness of the situation, adding shock into show intricate detail which allows the the audience. audience to empathise with the victim. They also intensify the action as they show the important bits.A quick second cut of the kniferepresents the murder.Stabbings are quick and easy This high angle shot of abut messy so it needs to becorrupt cop with a gundone carefully. The fast paceand a serious look onadds to the tone and his face establishes theatmosphere of the murder.genre extremely well. The audience fear this man because he looks dangerous. The diegetic sound of the knife clicking keeps the audience focused and alert on the action. 6. The audience then sees the boy watching the murder through a gap in the door. This almost looks like we are seeing him through a key hole. This could suggest that he is protected and will not be found. (Linking back to the angel being his protector) The audience can empathise with the boy through the close-up focusing on the eye.This is a slightly high angle shotWeir uses shot-reverse-shotof the boy in a small between the boys eye in theclaustrophobic space. The highgap and the murder action toangle connoting lack of power.build up a relationship so theaudience feel sympathetictowards the young boy.Diegetic sound is madewhen the boy makes asmall noise which is justloud enough for the copSlightly high angle tracking shot of the murderers feet as he looksto hear. Diegetic soundthrough the cubicles for the noise. When the camera focuses on aadds to the realism as itpersons feet an enigma is created which builds up suspense and fearis sound whos sourceof the unknown as the audience are unable to identify who the personcan be seen within the is or what they are doing.mise-en-scene. 7. This is a shot just as the murderer is leaving. The boyshat has fallen off which was earlier referred to as ahalo. The facet that it has fallen off could represent theboys innocence being lost due to what he has justendured.Cliffhangers arefeatures of thrillersbecause they leavethe audience withexcitement andsuspense. Theaudience are leftwandering whathappens to the boy.This motivates themto keep watching. This is a great shot of the boy standing in the crucifix position. This could be foreshadowing of his future.