These included themes, elements, clichés, conventions and more when we started rafting our film. As a collective, all of us agreed that to make our films as good as possible, we had to incorporate these wisely and strategically into our own production. We made sure we took into accounts the conventions and forms used in the films that we watched, such as American Psycho, Donnie Darko and Lost Highway. These are the three films we studied in the most depth and took the most inspiration from, because they are all perfect examples of psychological thrillers, and have very important aspects and elements that we wanted to use in our production.
Notable examples of forms and conventions we used from films included the style of shooting, especially from the film Donnie Darko. In the film, the main character peers down a long staircase in the darkness, and we tried to replicate this in our own production by having a very similar shot taking place on the stairs. Another example of following the conventions and forms in our film is a shot taken from American Psycho. In the introduction sequence to the film, there is blood dripping on a white screen while the credits play. We took inspiration from this and decided that it would be a good idea to include a similar shot in Torment: Dreamscape, and we replicated this by pouring blood onto a surface in the introduction to our film. Lastly, we took an idea from Lost Highway, in which throughout the film there are a lot of hallway shots. As a group, we thought that the ominous, foreshadowing and foreboding look of the sequences looked marvellous, so we thought that it would be a good idea to do something similar for our shot. Our production includes similar hallway shots to Lost Highway, and there are a number of shots that reenact the main character of the film.
|American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis adding intertextuality and verisimilitude to the mis-en-scene.|