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From Dusk Till Dawn Continued . . .

Distribution:

When the film came to being released it was first released on VHS then when DVD’s came about it was released on there, so back then the only ways to watch the film would be to purchase a copy, or to go to the cinema, or to wait for many years until it became suitable enough to be shown on T.V. But now with all the latest technology audiences can watch it through DVD/Blu-Rays and on their personal devices (phones, laptops, tablets, IPods etc) that links to the Internet, i.e. with sites such as Netflix and Love Film. Sites likes these allows the audience to pay a monthly charge so they can watch as many films they like that range within that package deal, but just for a tester they also allow the audience to have one month free.

This film is based on a multi strand narrative, this is when the film is focusing on more than one character opposed to a single strand narrative where this only focuses on one character i.e. Spiderman. This film focuses on both the brothers and how they get to Mexico, so even though they take a family hostage they are still the main characters as it’s based on them, (getting to Mexico and surviving).

A stranger comes to town’ this is used a lot within films/shows (equilibrium) for example in ‘The Strangers’, ‘Chocolat’ etc. This is when people would come into the certain location i.e. in ‘Chocolat’ Johnny Depp comes into the town where people are not happy about the occurrence.

Uncanny Valley is when the content i.e. people closely look like humans but are not they are created through animation i.e. with ‘The Polar Express’ the contents are closely animated so they look close to real.

Stereotyping: This happens a lot within films and shows and life in general, i.e. for films like Adulthood they are stereotypical about the youth of London, showing them as gangsters, wearing baggy clothes, carrying weapons etc. But for this film the two main characters are shown to be the typical small time gangster on the run, who needs a hostage in order to get away from the law, with possession of a gun.

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From Dusk Till Dawn, Genre

Content:

This film was created for thrill seekers who like varied genres, basing around horror (with the vampires and the gore), the crime, (the men are bad men) and the action (the family and the men fight to try to stay alive, with all the shooting and stunts). In a lot of horror based films women within the story are always made to be weak and unable to fight but in this one, the female is taking the lead and defending herself and her family from the dangers, if she fell down she wouldn’t cry and moan and struggle to get up, she got back up and fought. The film had the typical action package, with the amount of fire then the petrol station blowing up as they walk away towards the camera. With the crime they use the typical hostage situation, but turns it around so instead of the bad guys just needed them to smuggle them out, the family needs them just as much when they are facing death.

Style:

Within this film there are many camera angles used that influence the shots for instance in the store when George is talking to the clerk the shots get closer as his voice gets more deeper, but smoother “you be cool”, then again as the camera pans with the officer going into the toilet it still keeps panning which then reveals George is in the same location. When they are in the bar the colour of the theme suits really well, as bars tend to be dark and musky, and it’s the same with this one, however this one was dark for a reason.

Technical:

This is based on the shots used, and angles and the ways it’s edited, for example when the trailer was created it used fast paced cuts to match with the music, same with a lot of horror type films. The shots and angles all match the theme, so if there was something happening, i.e. when the son threw the water bottle at his father you see his reaction before you saw the fathers face, showing the audience that his father may look distraught or scary.

Symbolic:

This is when there would be meaning within the shot, so when all the action was brought in within the bar fights; there was blood all over the place (red meaning danger). Also with the character and their expressions, which then determines whether the audience likes that person or not, i.e. with Quentin’s character he’s seems quite shy and very quiet (lost), so this could make the audience want to believe his character is not all bad.

Cultural:

This is based on what should and shouldn’t be included i.e. with the horror genre, there’s an increases with all the gore and blood that added to films, for example the Evil Dead remake, as there are a lot of gory bloody aspects. Again with women in horror, crime or action films they used be known for being weak and easy targets, to not fight back, but there are more female strong characters who are easily defendable and can do as much damage as men, i.e. Buffy: she is a strong character who defends the world of vampires, Planet Terror: when the women loses her leg she fights back and in From Dusk Till Dawn the daughter is defending herself and her family.


From Dusk Till Dawn

This film was created in 1996, by Robert Rodriguez with screenplay by Quentin Tarantino (who also stared in the film). This film was created for crime, horror and action seekers, with all the action packed crime, with the two brothers seeking a way out, whilst robbing banks, using hostages, then gore with the overpowering load of vampires taking over the a bar. This film has a rating of 7.2 (according to IMDB) where viewers who have watched the film placed their opinion in a statistical manner (Quantitative). Also looking at the stats, more men were appealed to this film, as the votes for males reached 93,182 views mostly ranging from the ages of 18-44 but only 12,300 women voted from the same age group. This is then proving that the film is more aimed at men from a wide age group. Again looking through Facebook statistics I have found that more men from the same age group liked the film more than women with 30,200 likes from men and only 19,980 likes from women.

The actors and characters used can appeal to different audiences, i.e. some women could be watching so they can see George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino and again men could be watching to see Juliette Lewis or Salma Hayek. Or the audience could be watching to see their idols, which can be a number of people as there is a fair few actors in this film.

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Is T.V Bad for Children Questionnaire and Feedback!

Age: 16-20 = 10       21-30 = 3       30+ = 1

Gender: Male = 10   Female = 10

Ethnic Origin: White British = 14

Q1. Do you think that children at an early stage should be watching T.V?

Yes = 9          No = 2

Three people had answered both answers (debating whether it’s good or not)

Q2. From what age do you think children should be allowed to watch T.V?

1-3 = 6           4-6 = 8           6-9 = 0           10+ = 0

Q3. Do you think children can learn from watching T.V?

Yes = 13        No = 1

Why Yes:

  • They can learn life skills
  • Colours and actions influence development
  • Educational programmes can help develop children x2
  • There are specific channels that involve learning
  • Educational x2
  • Cbeebies have new shows x2
  • Enhance their learning

Why No:

  • There are few educational shows

Also some people did not answer these questions, to which is why the results are varied.

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Comparing My Primary Research to What I Have Found . . .

Comparing both my primary research I had conducted and the secondary research I had searched out, I have noticed that the new Evil Dead trailer is responding well to their audience, as there are a few people who have liked and preferred the remake trailer, as overall 10 people (included the person who liked both), liked the remake trailer, to which looking at the statistics on YouTube there are 2,749 likes showing that people like the trailer.

I also checked on Facebook to see what other responses are, for students that study at Bridgwater College there are less then 20 who like the trailer/film, this can be due to the amount of people actually going around and liking products, and or there are not a lot of people signed up to Facebook, which then those people have a disadvantage as they are not able to like certain things basing on Facebook to share socially. However I also checked to see the amount of likes that are just based in the UK and I have found out that 56,800 people have liked Evil Dead. Even though this is a big gap difference between my amount of research and the secondary research I am finding, I can say that from both I can see that the trailer is reaching to their audience. I can see this as when I was researching the trailer on YouTube and the amount of likes on Facebook, it also showed me what other people had liked or similar features for what I am looking for, showing that the trailer is appealing to horror seekers as they watch or like other gory films.


Questionnaire Feedback Evil Dead Continued . . .

All of the feedback from the people answering my questionnaire is very important as they show opinions about specific trailers and the general horrors. I ended up only asked around 16 people which I felt will give me a good enough input for all the information I am looking for. I created the questionnaire to determine who and why people watch trailers, but also if they like horror films, which then linked in with the difference between the generations, i.e. when Evil Dead came about in 1981, audience back then would have thought it was something different and new, but people now especially younger audiences would think that it’s bad regarding the story the shots and quality, which is why a lot of people stated they preferred the look of the remake trailer. That is why I wanted, and got older people to answer the questionnaire to see if they would be able to link it to when they may have watched it when in the previous years, or when it came out. But only 3 out of 16 people liked the original trailer, which did not give me the feedback I hoped as the ages for this feedback there were varied ages ranging from teenage, young adult and older adult.

If I was to conduct this type of questionnaire again I would think more about who I want to target and get feedback from basing around ages, locations, backgrounds etc. To do this I would need to either create an online survey to which more people can then fill out, depending on where I would distribute the survey (Facebook), or go round more places and ask people personally to fill out the questionnaire, to which I can almost have a discussion with the person, but also watch their responses, (if they do end up watching the trailer in front of me).

As I only managed to get the questionnaire out to a small group of people, so I only have a small amount of feedback, but it still gives me a slight estimate on all the feedback I am looking for. My results are both quantitative and qualitative, as the feedback is both statistical and opinionated i.e. for the questions that are answered with a Yes or No will be quantitative as I can then turn the answers into a physical statistic piece of evidence, then with the questions that are answered with a follow up from a Why, will give me multiple opinions and would be qualitative.

By doing this questionnaire I have found out even though there was 16 responses for my questionnaire, a lot of people like to watch Horrors as most of the responses agreed with the question, “Do you like to watch Horror featured films? Yes = 13/No = 3”. So as from a small percentage of people answering now, this can be representing the amount of people linked around the United Kingdom. But then as I got into more depth about horrors i.e. asking, “do you think horrors today have changed from the way they used to be” and “do you think that the horror genre is quite repetitive”, I got more opinionated responses, to which if there a productions at the post production stage they could then think about creating questionnaires for their target audience, as they can get feedback to see what may or may not work for their film.


Evil Dead Questionnaire and . . . The Feedback!

Age: 16-20 = 11       20-30 = 2       30+ = 3

Gender: Male = 9     Female = 7

Ethnic Origin: White British = 14   Chinese = 1 Other  =1

Q1. Do you watch trailers before you watch a film?

Yes =16                     No

Q2. What was the last trailer you watched?

  • Anchorman 2 – x3
  • The Hangover Part 3
  • Man of Steel – x3
  • Agents of Shield
  • Kick Ass 2
  • Pacific Rim
  • Evil Dead – x2
  • Fast and furious 6
  • Mama
  • The Purge
  • Gravity

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What Would You Do?

When watching a film, do you as the audience put yourself in their shoes and think what would I do in that position?

So I went round and asked 16 people and all but one said that they do think about what they would do, but that they also interact with the T.V especially if there are horrors/thriller (tense atmospheric products) on.


Evil Dead 1981 VS Evil Dead 2013 (Trailers)

As this film is created as a remake from the original Evil Dead that was created in 1981, the producer can then look for all the research based on that film as well, i.e. within questionnaires they could ask what worked well or didn’t, in the old film, to help improve theirs (unless they have to stick to the original story).

They can do this by looking on sites such as IMDB and YouTube where they can see rates/votes but also comments how many people liked it and others who did not approve of it.

Evil Dead 1981

IMDB: Overall rating of 7.6/10. More males had rated the film with ratings of – 59,440, this film back then would have been more suitable for men as this film would have been created with the thought that men would want to watch it with the slight action and the gore, but women have also rated showing they have a keen interest as well with a rating of – 6,660 rates. The only problem with this is that when the film was created IMDB did not exist so viewers couldn’t rate, back then, which means that there is a big time gap where more people who may have watched the film and wanted to rate couldn’t. The film appealed more to the younger generation as more 18-19 year olds rated/watched it.

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Trailers – Evil Dead!

Trailers are created to promote the films to give their target audience a taster on what’s to come. Within trailers the producer can choose to add as much or as little as they like, some trailers are created to throw the audience, i.e. in ‘The Perfect Getaway”, this trailer is created to throw the audience into thinking that it’s a different couple that kills people so when they watch the film they will then realise it was the other couple, (shock factor). Trailers overall are created to grasp the audiences attention to make them want to go and watch the film, then leading to the film making profits with all the cinema, DVD/Blu-Rays and download sales.

Evil Dead:

This trailer is created to promote the film, but as this is a remake the target for the audience would be wider as people who may have seen the older version may become intrigued and want to see how this one turns out. The trailer would be used to give the audience a sneak preview of what’s to come, so if the audience likes to see gory, freaky looking people then this is one trailer to see!

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