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Dracula changing over time to Twilight

Dracula V’s Twilight

I am going to talking about how the vampires for Dracula have changed into the modern Twilight vampires over the years.

Dracula. 1931 directed by Tod Browning and Karl Freund.

Count Dracula kill his victims by staring at them wildly and spreading his fingers out by the side of him. At the beginning of the film Dracula is living in Transylvania his native homeland, but he moves to England thus making him have to take dirt from Transylvania to England.  Dracula’s nails are made to look pointy just like Nosferatu the first vampire.

When Dracula is in England trying to get Mina a cigar box is opened and his reflection doesn’t show in the mirror inside the box. As most vampire tales go Dracula has to sleep with the dirt from Transylvania during the daylight. If Dracula was ever to go out in the sun he would most likely burn and turn into ash. In the film the other characters talk about how Dracula looks wild like a wolf with the hunger for human blood. Dracula also has fangs that leave marks on humans when he bites them.

Twilight. 2008 directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

The Cullen family do not hunt humans. They call themselves vegetarians and kill animals instead for blood. They live in a big house so they can fit in with humans. The house is just outside of Forks so they can hunt easily without being noticed. The Cullen’s may have a big house but in their bedrooms they do not have coffins or beds as they don’t sleep at all. Edward, Jasper and Alice have special powers that make them more powerful. Edward has the power to read anyone’s minds apart from Bella’s, Jasper has control of human mood swings and Alice has the power to see the future.

All the vampires are able to go out during daylight but prefer to stay where it is  cloudy as if they go out into the sun their skin sparkles and attracts humans. To go with the skin they are also cold to the touch.

The Cullen family likes to fit in with the humans as most look young so they go to school to collect graduation caps. Also Carlisle works in the hospital to help people out as he doesn’t get hungry with the smell of human blood.

The vampires in this film have different eyes to a human. The vampires that drink human blood have red eyes and the Cullens eyes have an orange look to them, but when they get hungry they turn to a dark brown/ black colour. The vampires don’t have any fangs they just have sharp teeth that will bite into human flesh easily.

Comparing vampires.

Vampires have changed from Dracula who was made to be a monster and people were afraid of him so old tales were said and spread around Transylvania. Now today’s vampires are welcomed to join the humans around them as they think that there not that bad and not scary any more as they fit in with what humans do on a daily basis.

Starting in 1931 with the Dracula movie people viewed vampires as a monster that comes out at night to devour the blood of a human. When vampires of 1931 bite a human that human will be infected and become a vampire. One of the main part of a vampire is the two puncher holes on the neck of a person. Now in 2008 with the Twilight movie vampire are now shown as caring people but stay with their own kind. Some of the vampires have powers like reading minds, seeing the future or controlling people’s emotions etc. The Twilight vampires don’t have fangs their teeth are sharp and can penetrate through skin but the bite puts venom into the person and can change that human. This shows how we view vampires from when they were created as monsters to what they are now living with humans.

The viewers attitude towards 1931 vampires was after watching the film they would walk out of the cinema looking over their shoulder to make sure there was no one there. The attitude towards 2008 vampires was totally different people were welcoming them wanting the vampires to be with them and change them so they can live a immortal life. This is showing the viewers have got use to the vampire idea and now most people fantasise about getting bitten and changing into a vampire.

The acting in Dracula 1931 was big movements so unrealistic to the point where each movement was big and bold to make the vampire more of an animal that is so blood thirsty. The acting in Twilight 2008 is more subtle and has less dramatic facial features but they still have a little wild look to them as they don’t eat humans.

From the beginning vampires have been very sharp, bold and animal like to what they are now which is more human but still having a little of the wild animal in them.

Film makers over the years have changed vampires but they still keep their reputation. They have weakened from being the scary monster that everyone thought was real enough to be scared of at night. Now vampires don’t even need half of the stuff they were first thought to need. Vampires today are more humanised than what they were over fifty years ago.

To sum this all up Vampires are going to evolve more over the years to come in the film making industry. There is still more within the film industry that could be changed with regards to vampires. Vampires are more accepted in today’s society than what they used to be. Today people like to dress up and become vampires themselves. Anything to do with vampires is accepted as there are many different versions of vampires that has been either filmed or in books. Anyone can take little parts of a vampire and put them together to make their own kind of vampire. Modern day vampires are not shown as monsters any more as they have become more human like and able to fit in with society easily. Not many people are afraid of them anymore and would want the vampire to change them so they could live a vampire lifestyle.


Audience profiling

 

Production companies use audience profiling  when they need to investigate  a potential audience for their program. They do this to make sure the program is suitable for the target audience with correct content that will keep them interested.

The categories they use are:

Psychographics is helpful as it allows the company an insight into the audiences viewing and spending habits.

Demographics including socio- economic scales to help the company understand the income level and job types the audience would have.

Geodemographics is another way as it allows the companies to look at where the audience lives i.e. council estate, crowded city or rural area as these audiences would probably watch different types of programme.


Qualitative audience research

The techniques used to gather qualitative research are individual interviews, using small focus groups of no more than 10 people and observational techniques to gather precise and direct answers that are required. Qualitative research is more reliable than quantitative research as the data is more accurate.


Quantitative audience research

Quantitative research is when companies gather information in large amounts. They do this by collecting information from  surveys of large groups. The techniques used are mail surveys, telephone surveys, internet surveys and face to face public surveys.


Production Research

The purpose of production research is to gather together research into sections that are needed the most and sections that are high priority for starting a production for TV or film.

The methods used to research locations, equipment and finance would be done on the internet to get prices of equipment being rented out for a day. Getting location shots from all around the world to see if two different towns can match up to make one for the show/film. All of the finance researched to see what it may cost so everything can be monitored to avoid going over the budget.

The sources of information that are used to gather up would be finding out all the prices for equipment, flights, hotel, mobile homes and food costs. All this information put together will help plan out the rough amount of money that will be used in the making of the show/film.


Audience research

The purpose of audience research is to gather information from the target audience for a product to get more in depth analysis of what the audience is. There will be questions like age, gender, ethnic origin, county, income, job role, etc. This is just for the company to get a better understanding of what type of person buys their product.

The methods used to find a target audience are using qualitative and quantitative research. Qualitative research can find out the opinions and views on what the target audience think of the product ideas. Quantitative research is used to find data of previous products similar to it to improve and evolve, so the target audience will want to buy it. This will help out to find the target audience for the product.

The sources of information used to gather up a target audience would be seeing the reviews and ratings on previous products and looking on websites/YouTube to see what people had to say about that product. All the gathered information from this will help to find the target audience and create a questionnaire for them to see what they have to say about the evolving product.


Secondary

Secondary research is when you use data already collected from other peoples work. They have done the questionnaires or experiments with people. You then use this research to find out what you need to know to complete your own research. This research is then publicly put out by the internet, news papers, news on TV, libraries, etc.


Market Research

The purpose is to identify what the public wants and if any other companies have similar products that you are going to make, if so then to gather the information to help you to find out other ways to make it better than the existing products.

The methods used to collect this information is surveys, focus groups, personal interviews, observation and field trials, sometimes you can use one of the methods but it is safer to use a couple more. Another way to help with getting all the information you need is to get a larger group of people to complete the task you are giving them.

There is different sources of information that is collected for market research. such as secondary data that is information all ready collected in reports, statistics and anything that can be found on the internet. This is used to get a better understanding of the target audience.


Primary

Primary research is a way of collecting new data from the public and then taking this data back to the companies who gather it all together, analyse it and then put the research into action using it for their own benefits. The data is collected from the public through questionnaires, surveys and interviews with small groups of people.


Qualitative

What is qualitative data?

Qualitative is personal views. Questions asking why and how.

With everyone of these answers they are different as people have different views on Dark Night Rises.

For example

– I like how the hero theme has a dark side to it.

– Bane

– How it is better than the other Batman films like the one in the 80’s

These are different answers that will help with what is good about the film.