Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Test Drive", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Rob Shaw (The Producer). You'll be able to see the final cut on YouTube [will be linked on a future day] as well as various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

RS - Deconstruction of Friday the 13th (2009)

Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009)

Remake of the 1980 classic with the same 
Budget: $19m
US Box Office: $65m
UK Box Office: £2m
Only has an IMDB rating of 5.6/10 but the original has 6.3/10

  • Second shot anchors the location as there is a sign with "Camp Crystal Lake".
  • Woman screaming in pain/fear signifies the genre.
  •  Very dark shots with lightning in the background so you only see things for a very short period and credits pop up every few seconds so the shots are very short, typical for the genre.
  • Raining like most horror films.
  • Jasons mother gets be-headed foreshadowing things to happen later on.
  • Time period is anchored by text at the bottom of the screen and a transition is used to signify the scene changing along with text to acompany it and tell the next time period.
  • Black and white effects have been used to show its a flashback.
  • The womans head on the floor anchors the genre of the film.
  • This is the reasoning for why Jason goes on the rampage, it can be foreshadowed when he looks down at his mother or watches her get beheaded.
  • The necklace he picks up is a family heirloom which is important later in the film.
  • The mother saying "Jason our special boy" can anchor on who the boy is.

Techniques we can use

  • This film is a bit too high budget to get ideas from, such as the bit when the woman gets beheaded.
  • However we could use the aspect of using clothing to represent the scream queen.

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