AS Media Studies Foundation Portfolio

The Book-Final Draft

This is the final edit of my production The Book. This was a group effort with Olivia Pitcher, Eve Friel and Adam Tyrrell. We create multiple drafts to allow for changes in our work, and to allow for improvements.

We all believe our final draft is of great quality and that the final draft is one that can give us our targeted grades.

The Book- Props List

Here is a prop list for our production The Book. We wanted to create some props to make the mise-en-scene/setting more realistic and allow our narrative to work better.

Here is the props list, create by Olivia Pitcher and here is a link to her blog post page…

The Book- 2nd Draft

This is our second draft of my project.

I used the qualitative research to change the project. I will be creating one more draft from this qualitative research.

Textual Analysis Of Misery- Title Sequence

Sound CLoud


Conventions: Psychological Sub-Genre

In all media platforms and text there are conventions that can be seen. Conventions are the typical features and attributes shown in text that have become the norm for the genre. The horror genre has many sub-genres but my group decided to explore the psychological niche for out production. Therefore , I though it would be useful to find out the conventions of the sub-genre so we can use them in our work. I believe if done correctly it can improve our piece and make it conform to other ideologies and stereotypes of the genre.

Examples of the sub genre- psychological:

  • The Shinning
  • The Silence of the lambs
  • 6th Sense
  • Vertigo

The most common conventions in the psychological sub-genre is the use of cinematography. (Some of these shots that will be spoken about are in greater detail in another blog post – Cinematography) A conventional camera shot is called ‘The Dolly Zoom’, used to make the background seem distorted and convey paranoia and sickness. This was used in cult classic vertigo. This is used because it confuses the audience creating ambiguity and confusion cruical in any psychological film.

A convention found in most psychological films, is watching the characters cope with their difficulties, normally the villain that struggles to with their challenges. Additionally, deepening the understanding of characters is typical, widening audiences knowledge of their past and therefore the narrative. Creating narrative enigmas within the narrative is another conventions. Making the audience wonder about the characters past, attributes and motive. Normally used in mainstream trailer, it is utilised in this sub-genre to creative the same effect of confusion.

This is used in ‘Shutter Island, a film released in 2010.

th (3).jpegDuring a scene, when a character says “someones missing.” Making the audience question, who is missing, why and how? It allows the audience become more apart of the film as they try to understand the situation.

History of Horror

I created a Prezi about the history of horror so that I could understand how it has developed over the years and how the genre has transformed into what it is today. From doing this I have been able to learn about conventional and stereotypical themes. From seeing the change of horror through out the decade, I can use the different niches and sub-genre.


Here is a link to my prezi…..

Risk Assessment- The Book- Living Room

Here is a risk assessment for The Book for the living room where we filmed.

Here is a link to Olivia Pitcher’s blog post surrounding the topic…

Character Profile-Susan Jones- The Book

Here is a character profile for Susan jones the mother in my project The Book. The character profile allowed us to understand the characters attrbutes and aided the actor when trying to represent the character.

Here is a link to Eve Friel blog post about the character….


Risk Assessment-The Book-The Bedroom

Here is a Risk Assessment for The Book. It studies the bedroom where we filmed and all of its safety precautions.

It was created by Eve Friel and her is a link to her blog post.

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