Conventions of a Thriller

  • Low key lighting
  • Quick cutspicture COAT
  • Shadows
  • Tensions in music
  • Changes in angles of shots
  • Diegetic sounds (breathing)
  • Black and white shots
  • Montage of shots
  • Protagonist in mercy of antagonist

Cinematography of a thriller:

  • There will be a lot of close ups and extreme close ups of the protagonist character, this is often to show their emotions; also it can be used to focus on props to aid the narrative.
  • The shots of the antagonistic character will be cut quickly and will aim to hide their identity, e.g. A shot of the back of them, a low key shot, the silhouette, or shadow of the character.

Editing of a Thriller:

  • The director will include lots of jump cuts because there will be things happening that the audience is unaware of but is essential for the film to make sense. Cross cutting is a key point in editing as it is used to build suspense which is essential for a thriller. Continues editing is used to help the audience understand the film better.

Sound in a Thriller:

  • Music is essential in any film to understand the mood of the characters and hint at a significant part in the film. In a thriller it adds suspense and tension. It will often start at a slow paves and the then build up to make the shots more dramatic for the audience.



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