Horror Film Beat Sheet

Act Beat   Description
Act 1:

Set-up

1 The Situation The nearly empty HS library of ISB on a late afternoon after school.
  2 The Set-up A high school student, Mia, and her two friends are sitting at the tables in the mini cafeteria of the library studying and doing homework.
  3 Inciting Incident Mia’s two friends pack their bags and leave to go home, and Mia tells them she’s going to stay for a couple of minutes longer to finish up her homework. Her two friends leave the library, and Mia continues to work. As she’s working, the light above her flickers, and she’s starting to feel an unsettling atmosphere set in.
  4 First Plot Point Mia continues to try and finish the last of her homework, and when she looks up again, she sees a figure under a white sheet behind the bookshelves. She tries to get a closer look to see what the figure was, and suddenly, the head of the figure turns to look directly at her. Spooked, Mia fumbles to grab her phone, but when she looks back to the bookshelves, the figure is gone.
Act 2: Response 5 First Pinch Point Mia quickly packs her bag and starts to walk hurriedly out of the cafeteria in the library. She anxiously glances around, and when she looks behind her, she sees the ghost behind another set of bookshelves, this time closer than it was before. She breaks into a run towards the entrance, only to see the gate closed when she gets there.
  6 Midpoint Mia glances behind her, and sees the ghost again, this time closer and more visible. Mia starts to panic, and tries to pull the gate up to open it but fails. She remembers a second door next to the entrance, but when she turns to run to it, she sees the ghost in front of it, blocking the path.
  7 Pinch Point Mia hesitates for a moment and starts to run to the back of the library to leave through the rooms in the back. As she gets there, she bursts into the room, only to find the ghost already there in front of the exiting door, waiting for her.
  8 All is lost Mia quickly turns around again to leave the room from the way she came from, but the door slams shut and locks as Mia tries desperately to open it.
Act 3: Resolution 9 Climax The ghost slowly approaches her, and Mia slowly backs away from it. The ghost nears her, and extends a hand out, pressing its hand against the sheet. In a moment of recklessness, Mia reaches down to the floor, grabbing the bottom of the sheet. She slowly starts to pull at it, wanting to reveal who was haunting her. The sheet falls off of the figure and reveals that there was nothing underneath the sheet.
  10 Finale Horrified, Mia drops the sheet to the floor, and tries to open the doors again. She runs to the exiting door that the ghost was blocking before and tries to push it open. Slowly, the audience sees that something underneath the sheet, is moving, and it grows back into a figure. It moves towards an unsuspecting Mia, and looms over her as she realizes too late.

 

Horror Film Short Synopsis

The horror film I’m working on is about a high school girl, Mia, with her friends in the library studying late at night. All her friends leave to go home, and she is left alone. As she continues to work, she spots a mysterious figure cloaked in a white sheet, the classic white sheet ghost, hiding behind the bookshelves. The ghost suddenly turns its head, and as Mia looks away for a split second, the ghost disappears. Spooked, Mia frantically packs up her things and runs to the entrance of the library, spotting the ghost behind her, moving closer and closer. Once she reaches the entrance and realizes it’s locked, she turns around to see the ghost behind her. Slowly, the ghost moves closer and closer to her, and in a moment of recklessness, Mia grabs the sheet off of the ghost, wanting to reveal who was haunting her. As she pulls the sheet off, it’s revealed that there is nothing and no one underneath the sheet. Mia drops the sheet to the ground and tries to figure a way to get out of the library, and we see something moving from underneath the sheet. As Mia finally opens another door, she runs around the corner, only to be greeted with the ghost looming over her.

5 Shot Story Final Movie

This is the final version of my 5 Shot Story Movie:

5 Shot Story Final Movie

English Book Reflection #4

During the break, I finished the book “Moon Over Soho” by Ben Aaronovitch which the sequel book to “Rivers of London”, which I have also previously read. This book had a really intriguing plot and was really interesting and captivating to read. However, I don’t think I would write about this book or “Rivers of London” for my literary analysis. This is because the genre of the book is fantasy, and for my literary analysis I would want to write about a work of fiction that is realistic. A book I could write about for my literary analysis is “One of Us is Lying”, which is a murder mystery that happens in a high school setting. I feel like this would be easier and better for me to analyze since the story is something that could happen in reality and is something more relatable. I have also started reading “Crazy Rich Asians”, which is also a book that is realistic fiction, and this book is also an option for writing my literary analysis.

Horror Film Success Criteria

“Lights Out” Success Criteria

Success Criteria Reasoning My Critique of “Lights Out”
Get from situation to story as quickly as possible It is important to introduce the situation (characters, setting, etc.) and get to the plot as quickly as possible as there is no time to develop characters or to develop an elaborate backstory. The first shot shows the building which the character lives in, and that it’s rainy and dark outside, presumably during night time. The next shot reveals the main character, and the plot begins immediately.
Only a single moment is described The time period that the film takes place in should be relatively short and shouldn’t take place over a long period of time, as there is no time to include details of the plot. The film takes place over a very short period of time, maybe a couple of minutes, and only shows the character getting ready for bed.
The character and situation that they’re in is believable Creating characters and a situation will make it relatable to the audience, which has the effect of evoking emotions from the audience. The character and environment she’s in is familiar and realistic, and although monsters may not be real, her situation of being afraid of what’s in the dark is relatable.
It is very visual and there is little to no dialogue Because there is only a limited amount of time, using the technique of “show not tell” will be effective in developing the plot and telling the audience information. There are no words spoken at all in the film, and the audience is able to easily and completely understand the plot only through visual elements.
Using unique perspectives and camera angles to help with story telling This can give the audience more information about the plot as well as make the story more interesting and captivating. There are interesting shots ranging from looking down the hallway from both perspectives, as well as seeing from under the covers that helps with the story telling of the film and makes it captivating.
The composition of a shot to show the importance of people, places, or objects Since there is limited time in the film, the composition of a shot can be useful in giving the audience more information, as well as making the story interesting and captivating. The film includes interestingly composed shots that helps the audience understand some parts of the story and the creature, but leaves some of it unknown, adding to the eerie atmosphere.
Atmosphere with suspense and tension is created This helps set the tone and mood of a horror film, and makes the audience captivated and invested in the story. The film is able to create an eerie atmosphere with suspense and tension, which is what gives this horror film it’s “scary” element.
Atmosphere builds over time Having the atmosphere build over time will help create tension and suspense that the audience can feel, and leads to the climax of a film. Although the film starts out eerie, the tension continues to build throughout as the creature continues to pursue our character.
Lighting creates appropriate mood and atmosphere of film Lighting heavily affects the atmosphere, mood, and tone of a film, and creating the appropriate one is essential to help make the audience react how you want them to react. The lighting in this film is overall pretty dark, even if the lights are on, which gives the eerie atmosphere and creates tension in the audience.
Use of sounds to help create the appropriate atmosphere The use of sound in horror films helps build suspense and tension, and heavily impacts a scene as it can help the audience feel the mood and atmosphere of a scene. Sounds of everyday things (such as tape ripping, light switch) makes the film realistic, but the eerie sounds in the background as well as the sounds of the creature adds to the atmosphere and tension.

 

 

“Attic Panic” Success Criteria

Success Criteria Reasoning My Critique of “Attic Panic”
Get from situation to story as quickly as possible It is important to introduce the situation (characters, setting, etc.) and get to the plot as quickly as possible as there is no time to develop characters or to develop an elaborate backstory. The first shot of the film immediately shows the character and the setting that she’s in (attic), and after a few seconds the plot continues to develop into the story as she realizes she’s trapped in the attic.
Only a single moment is described The time period that the film takes place in should be relatively short and shouldn’t take place over a long period of time, as there is no time to include details of the plot. The film takes place in “real time”, and there aren’t any jumps to a different point in time, showing that the entire film takes place over just a few minutes.
The character and situation that they’re in is believable Creating characters and a situation will make it relatable to the audience, which has the effect of evoking emotions from the audience. The character and the environment that she’s in is realistic and relatable, and being trapped in a dark small room is believable which makes it more scary for the audience.
It is very visual and there is little to no dialogue Because there is only a limited amount of time, using the technique of “show not tell” will be effective in developing the plot and telling the audience information. There are no words spoken at all in the film, and the audience is able to easily and completely understand the plot only through visual elements.
Using unique perspectives and camera angles to help with story telling This can give the audience more information about the plot as well as make the story more interesting and captivating. Unique perspectives in the film helps depict what the character is feeling during the moment (for example a close up can make it feel claustrophobic), and shots get more shaky as the character becomes increasingly uneasy.
The composition of a shot to show the importance of people, places, or objects Since there is limited time in the film, the composition of a shot can be useful in giving the audience more information, as well as making the story interesting and captivating. The film includes interestingly composed shots that lets the audience know some things that the character might not, and is able to create suspense and tension.
Atmosphere with suspense and tension is created This helps set the tone and mood of a horror film, and makes the audience captivated and invested in the story. The film is able to create an eerie atmosphere and environment with suspense and tension, which is what gives this horror film a “scary” element.
Atmosphere builds over time Having the atmosphere build over time will help create tension and suspense that the audience can feel, and leads to the climax of a film. The film starts out with an eerie atmosphere and a dark setting, but suspense and tension builds in the atmosphere over time as the plot develops and the character becomes more uneasy.
Lighting creates appropriate mood and atmosphere of film Lighting heavily affects the atmosphere, mood, and tone of a film, and creating the appropriate one is essential to help make the audience react how you want them to react. The lighting in this film is overall pretty dark, even when there’s lights on in the environment, and gives it the overall spooky and eerie atmosphere in the film.
Use of sounds to help create the appropriate atmosphere The use of sound in horror films helps build suspense and tension, and heavily impacts a scene as it can help the audience feel the mood and atmosphere of a scene. The sounds of what the character’s doing makes the film more realistic (key, metal doors), but the eerie sounds in the background that builds as the atmosphere builds as well as the heavy breathing of the character adds to the suspense and tension in the film.

 

Connecting with Horror

The Horror Genre:

In a short film, some key elements and components include it being very visual and having very little dialogue, as well as only describing a single moment. A short film being visual is important because there is a limited amount of time to tell a story, and showing not telling information can help the audience understand more in a shorter amount of time. You also want to only describe a single moment and not an event that lasts over a longer period of time, so that the story can be told with more details and the audience is able to follow along. A short film should also have a main character with a goal but obstacles and challenges in the way to make the story and interesting, and the plot should progress from situation (context or the circumstances the character is in beforehand) to story as soon as possible.

In a horror film, composition, camera angles, lighting, and sound is important, because it can help create the atmosphere and suspense that is often in a horror film. In a horror film, typically the lighting would be darker, or lighting up only specific things can create an eerie atmosphere. For example, in the movie Annabelle: Creation, a scene shows Annabelle in a closet that’s slightly open, lighting up part of her face, which focuses the attention on her. In addition to the eerie and unsettling sound that is added when the closet is open revealing Annabelle, a creepy and disturbing atmosphere is created which creates suspense that has an effect on the audience. Sound is also important when filming a horror film, because it can add to the eerie and unsettling atmosphere, and can show when tension is building up in a scene. When the camera shows Annabelle in the closet, and the girl is walking closer to it, you can feel the tension building up through the sound. However, once the girl shuts the closet, the creepy sounds stop, and you can feel the tension drop again. In a camera angle, the Dark Voyeur, the perspective of an entity that is haunting or watching a character can be shown. This creates the In the camera angle the Dark Voyeur, can be used to show the perspective of an entity that is haunting or watching a character. This could show the effect of the character being more vulnerable, and gives the audience the impression that a character is being hunted by something that is unknown to them.

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

 

Horror in Context:

In different cultures, horror is presented in different ways and settings, which can influence the way horror is no presented in films and movies. When we think of horror films, most people often think of dark and eerie haunted houses, ghosts, demons, or possessed little girls, which are all associated with the supernatural in some way. This is mainly because we’ve been affected by the things we see in mainstream media, and mostly in the western world. However, there are things that different cultures would find scary or unlucky, while others would not. For example, in the western world, 13 is considered an unlucky number, and in Chinese culture, the number 4 is considered an unlucky number because it is associated with death. These things from different cultures can impact what is scary or not to someone. But typically in most cultures, things that are related to death, demons, or the supernatural are usually considered to be scary.

Many horror films are also based on true events that have happened. Examples of this range from The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Psycho, etc. In the case of the infamous Lizzie Borden, her murder of both her mother and father with an ax had gone on to become a popular nursery rhyme for children. Many other historically “haunted” locations such as ships (The Queen Mary) or prisons (Alcatraz) have also had movies made about them.

My view of the horror genre has largely been made up of watching famous and popular horror movies, so my perspective on the topic of horror would mostly be quite generic. However, I do enjoy watching murder documentaries or shows talking about true crime and the supernatural (I promise I’m not a psychopath ), which has impacted my view on the horror genre.

 

Inspiration for My Film:

One idea I have for my short horror film is for some sort of dark entity to be haunting someone, which is actually just an embodiment of the person’s own fears and insecurities. Another idea I have for my horror film is for some sort of toy or doll to keep showing up in someone’s house, even though they’ve gotten rid of it multiple times. Some things I would keep in mind while filming my short horror film is making sure that the camera angles, composition, and lighting are able to capture the atmosphere, suspense, and tension of the shot.

5 Shot Story Script

This is the script for my 5 Shot Story:

Dance. The dictionary’s definition for dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. But for me, dance is so much more than that. The meaning of dance for me has evolved over my entire life from being just a hobby to a passion that my life now seemingly revolves around. Standing in front of a wall of mirrors in a dance studio for over 20 hours each week, criticizing even the smallest of movements. From training the strength and control to holding my leg up in the air to practicing how each finger should look like, all in hopes of placing top three at a competition, Although dance challenges the human body, both mentally and physically, it’s my creative and emotional outlet, and is part of who I am today.

My Story in 5 Shots: Storyboard

For creating our “My Story in 5 Shots” film, I created a storyboard to help me better visualize what my 5 shots were going to look like.

My Story in 5 Shots

For my film, my focus will be dance. The first 4 shots will show me getting ready in various ways, while the final interesting shot can show me dancing. Some ideas I have for some of the shots is that for the first extreme close up shot of my hands could show me putting on my shoes. The second shot can show a close up of my face while I’m tying my shoes. For the third shot, a wide shot could show me warming up. In my film, I want to be able to clearly communicate what I’m showing in each shot, and for the overall video to feel calm and peaceful.

For all of my shots, I will be using a 25 mm lens and I will start with a white balance of 3200K. However, I might have to adjust it accordingly to the room I’m filming in.

In the first shot of my film, I will show my hands putting on my shoes for dance. I will make sure my hands and feet are in focus, and I will try to keep the background out of focus. I will use an aperture of 2.8.

For the second shot, I will film my face. I will make sure that my face is in focus, but especially my eyes. I should have a calm and relaxed expression on my face, and I will also be using an aperture of 2.8 .

For the third shot, I will film myself warming up at the barre. I will make sure that everything including the background is mostly in focus. I should have a relaxed and calm expression on my face, and I will use an aperture of 5.6.

For the fourth shot, I will film myself sitting on the floor with my legs in front of me warming up my feet and ankles. I will make sure that my feet are in focus, and that my shoulder and the background is out of focus, and I will use an aperture of 4.

For my fifth shot, the camera angle will be a ground level shot that is slightly tilted upwards (could be considered a low angle shot) of my lower body while I am turning. I will make sure my feet and my body are in focus, while the background is out of focus, and to do this I will use an aperture of 2.8.

A Story in 5 Shots

In a 5 shot sequence, the 5 different shots are an extreme close up of the hands, a close up of the face, a wide shot, an over the shoulder shot, and an interesting shot. The purpose of the close up shot of the hands is to show what the subject is doing, but not to give away everything. In this shot, the hands are in focus to keep the attention on what they are doing. The second shot is to show who the subject is, and the subject’s eyes should be in focus. In the third wide shot, the purpose is to show the environment and surroundings that the subject is in, so everything including the background should be mostly in focus, if not completely in focus. In the fourth shot, the over the shoulder shot is for the audience to really capture what the subject is doing, so both the shoulder and the background should be out of focus. The final shot can be any camera angle that is interesting and creative, and will help tell the story.

1: ECU, hands in focus, background is out of focus

2: CU, eyes and face in focus, background out of focus

3: WS, everything mostly in focus

4: OTS, hands in focus, shoulder and background out of focus

5: Interesting shot

 

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