Monday, 24 January 2011

Font Analysis

The two fonts used in both movies are very different from each other and also both imply two very different genres/ type of movie. The font used in Pearl Harbor is very soft but also distinct, which could suggest the movie is a drama with a hint of romance. Another thing that noticed was that the font uses serifs. The use of serifs in font carries with it the implication that what ever it used for is going to be from the past; which relates to this movie seen as it is set in the past.

The font used in rocky is very bold, thick, heavy and altogether very masculine. When the viewer sees font like this, it automatically brings two genres to mind Action or "Shoot em up". The reason why I think this font as chosen is because it does a great job of connotating the genre/ what the movie is about, to its audience.

There are different types of title sequences a director can choose from such as,
a narrative opening with the titles running throughout, discrete title sequence, titles over a blank screen followed by the narrative opening
and also another one called ''stylized editing''. First of all to start of with the thriller film 'seven' uses an discrete title sequence.There are no narrative instead a combination of music and editing fingernail. Theres also close ups of things we see such as the newspaper. also the black pen to hide the newspaper print.

secondly the film 'Marine Killer Instinct'

Thriller Opening

There are many different ways in which a director can chose to do a title sequence for a movie; some of techniques are: 
               A discrete title sequence (which normally doesn’t include narrative)
               A narrative opening with the title running throughout (normally includes a voice over)
               Titles over a blank screen, followed by a native opening

An example of a clip with a narrative title sequence 

Monday, 10 January 2011


Intertextuality is used to describe the visual reference between films such as ''borrowing'' certain things from one movie on others. these are the things you might recognise: snippets of sounds, mise en scene, camera angles and methods of editing in some films.

we have watched 5 film trailers: what lies beneath, fatal attraction, the step father and a student thriller-succubus and we checked if they borrowed aspects from 'PSYCHO' which they certainly did. First of all 'what lies beneath' this film had intertextuality of sound of water, the bath/shower seemed to be the same and also its a woman again in the bath lying down.

So did 'Fatal Attraction' as it also had a shining knife as well as the shadowing man in a certain part. In addition the close up on the woman getting strangled.

'The Stepfather' is also similar as we believe the man dies after getting stabbed again with the shining knife and falling over the bath. Also the shower curtains being pulled down is also an example of the intertextuality being used as that is what also happened in 'PSYCHO'. The white curtains and shiny knife/sharp mirror are also examples of intertextuality.  The sound is loud to create the tension in the chasing scene.

Succubus the final trailer we watched also had the use of intertextuality. Once again the shining knife was used. Furthermore the way she stabbed the boy was exactly the same as 'PSYCHO' the camera shot was the same which was point of view shot showing us the way she stabbed by the loud drumming sound to create the painful effect which came only during the stabbing scene. 


Intertextuality is a term to describe similar visual references between films. It's when a film 'borrows' another technique, including camera angles, soundtrack, or methods of editing you've seen from other films.

We watched 3 clips from films where the director had borrowed a technique from Alfred Hitchcocks film Psycho. The first film clip we watched was What Lies Beneath, which includes the same type bathroom, very white and modern looking. The camera firstly gives a point of view angle from the door, looking in towards the shower. Then the camera pans over the shower top, showing the shower running and the water falling on the lady in there. Her face is emotionless, as if though she is in shock. This is simliar to Psycho as the ladys face is shown, after she has been stabbed, seeming like she is in need, but is powerless. The camera focuses on her face until she dies. The lady in What Lies Beneath looks similar to the lady in Psycho,  she also has blonde hair and slim. She is also wearing a bathrobe which we see the lady from Psycho wearing at the beginning of the clip.

Another film we watched was Succubus, a clip that students have made which mimics Psycho. The sound in the clip is minimal until the lady walks into the shower room where we se her take out a big knife. That's when the drum beat sounds, to link the sound to the action. The impact of the blade cannot be shown so instead is shown through sound. This is very similar to Psycho as Alfred Hitchcock uses high pitched violins to show the impact of the knife. When the attack is over, the women walks off and the man is left there, with blood all over him, dead.


At this point of our project we were looking at intertextuality and how it is incorporated into thriller movies. intertextuality is basically a term used to describe authors borrowing and transforming aspects of a prior text by another author; but in this case directors and producers borrowing specific aspects of prior famous thriller movies.

One of the most famous and most common thriller movies that aspects are copied/ imitated from is Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho. The reason for this i think this is because it is so well known and monumental and also it is a way of insuring traditional techniques of creating suspense in thrillers, are never lost.
Bellow is one of the most influential scenes from Psycho, when it comes to directors of the present day using intertextuality:

Intertextuality& Detailed Anaylsis of Thriller Clip

The term intertextuality is a word which is used to describe the visual references between films. Many famous films literally 'borrow' scenes from each other and you will recognise the most common ones. These scenes will be changed up however, will still keep the originality of camera angles, aspects of mise en scene, snippets of sound or methods of editing in some films that you have seen in others.

By looking at clips from both 'Psycho' and 'What lies beneath' i can see both differences and similarities in editing that was used. in 'psycho' the bathroom scene was original. It had typical features that showed it was a thriller. The woman was beautiful with blonde her and nice eyes. She was killed in the bathroom which had white shower curtains. This can represent the innocence of the woman.

The killer had a shiny knife that was used to stab her and this showed differences to 'What lies beneath' as the killer didn't use a knife to kill her. He drugged her so that she was paralytic and she was awake and aware of everything he was going to do. He wanted it to look like an accident and this shows me differences between the two clips. The similarities however, were very obvious. The soundtrack and mise en scene were the same as each other. You had the typical violins in the background as the soundtrack and the location was in a white bathroom. A typical technique that is used is the running of the water. This creates an opportunity for the killer to get in the bathroom without being noticed. The woman were similar looking as they were both beautiful with blonde hair and nice eyes.

I feel that these two clips were very good and 'psycho' was an original black and white 60's thriller. Whereas, 'What lies beneath' kept the originality but twisted the story the scene up a bit.