Savages crossing

Jarrett, Cody (2010) Savages crossing. [Film/Video]


For a screenwriter, the key challenge of writing genre movies is balancing formulaic convention (familiar plotlines, character types, themes) with generic invention (introducing novel generic elements or devices). The thriller genre is built around the elements of tension and suspense, and plot devices such as twists, red herrings, and cliff-hangers evoke uncertainty, anxiety and anticipation from the audience.

For the feature film Savages Crossing, the question driving the screenplay was “How can the psychological thriller genre be renewed through elements of the family drama to challenge audience expectations?” While there are numerous sub-genres, each with thematic nuances, the psychological thriller typically revolves around a central antagonist. Taking this element as the focal point, the screenplay turned to family drama to revise this convention.

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ID Code: 48921
Item Type: Creative Work (Film/Video)
Refereed: No
Measurements or Duration: 90 mins
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 22 May 2014 05:04
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 05:04

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