Sunday, 19 September 2010

Diary of the Dead Trailer Analysis

A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.
George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Release Date:7 March 2008 (UK)
Diary of the Dead is an entirely “mediated film. Like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and Redacted, it is composed entirely of shots that are taken from multiple sources, and edited together.
The mood of Diary of the Dead is somber and continually tense. The cast consist of white college students (together with one older white man, their film professor). As in many of Romero’s films, there is a reversal of conventional gender stereotypes. The women are generally more competent, and more able to hold themselves together emotionally and psychologically, than the white men.
Genre Horror
Primary TA - Teenage and adult males.

I chose to analyse this trailer as it relates to my own ideas of story, which involves zombies, and hand held camera techniques. I enjoyed this trailer as it the shots are really well composed, and I noticed some followed techniques like the rule of thirds and the golden ratio which are both designed so the viewer is made to focus on a certain object. The sound also in this trailer was great, the sound effects of the zombies and the base sound layer really dramatises the trailer. I think the lighting is also very good. Almost all of the trailer is shot in average light, which is slightly odd as the conventions of a horror film seem to follow darker lighting. Knowing this I will stick to shooting in complete darkness but only using torch light to light the set.

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