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4) Who would be the audience for your media product?

13 Apr

From our questionnaire…

Age Range

This shows what our audience thought of the age range of our film opening should be. Admittedly, the age range the audience have decided on is quite surprising because as a group we thought our film opening would be classed as a 12/15 rating whereas the audience decided the age range would be more of a 15/18 age rating with some people suggesting it was an 18+. We found this question to be very useful and the results were very interesting, overall we think that a 15 rating would be most suitable for our opening as it will have a lot of horror scenes and some violence and strong language which is typical for a 15 rated film.

Below is the information about rating 15 and what films contain with a 15 rating. These are just some of the aspects relating to a 15 rating that may be relelvant to our film opening, this information is taken from http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/15

How much strong language is there in a 15?

There could potentially be a great deal. At 15 there is no upper limit on the number of uses of strong language (eg f***).

Occasionally there may be uses of the strongest terms (eg ‘c***’), although continued or aggressive use will not normally be passed 15.

Can there be strong violence?

Yes, at 15 violence may be strong. It should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury, however, and the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.

Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable.

Easily accessible weapons may not be glamorised.

What about horror works?

Many horror films are rated 15. At 15 there can be strong threat and menace (as long as it is not sadistic or sexualised), although the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.

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From this information, we can quite easily say that our film would be a 15 as it would contain strong horror works but not any strong gory images with some strong violence and quite strong language. So this rating would be suitable for our film as the audience would be of the right age to go and watch our film.

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Poltergeist

20 Jan


I watched the film ‘Poltergeist’ last night as I had seen the first half hour of the film and thought it was brilliant. I was very surprised to learn that the film was made in 1982 as it seemed to be so advanced for that time in terms of the effects used. Directed by Tobe Hooper, the film has the typical haunted house storyline to it. It starts off with an innocent little girl talking to the TV when it switched off and the screen was just fuzzy, this happens numerous times and the little girl communicates to who she calls ‘The TV People’. The girl then goes missing in the house and the parents and the remaining two children stay in the house in the hope that the little girl appears. Strange happening occur in the house such as flickering lights and gushes of wind etc. The parents find help from specialists and eventually retrieve the child but it doesn’t finish there. A day later, these strange happenings occur again and the family all escape safely.

The film features bright white lights when ‘The TV People’ are walking down the stairs and you can vaguely make out the outline of them which, at the time would have been a very clever effect. The film was also the first to use the effect of the corridor extending and becoming longer.

I have spoken to a few adults about this film and all of which have said exactly the same thing about this movie. That it was absolutely brilliant and one of the most memorable movies they have ever seen.

I personally related this movie to ‘Insidious’ directed by James Wan. As it had the similar storyline of one child connecting to the ghosts in the house and being taken by them. However, I found Poltergeist to be better than Insidious for the following reason… Insidious is a lot more scary than Poltergeist and it uses some very good effects but it was released in 2010 and these effects aren’t that impressive considering what can be done in post production nowadays. Poltergeist on the other hand, challenged the post production of movies that were also being released in 1982 and these effects would have been way more effective then in 1982 than Insidious was when it came out a couple of years ago.

What I found strange about Poltergeist is that two people starring in the movie – Dominique Dunne and Heather O’ Rourke both died within a couple of years of the movie being made, Dunne died of Homicide aged 22 – she was killed by her ex boyfriend  and O’Rourke died aged 12 of cardiopulmonary arrest and intestinal stenosis.

 

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