I chose to ask this question so I could see the rough age of my audience. I found
that ages ranged from 16 to 17 with one anomalous result, knowing the main
age of my audience will help me in choosing an age rating for my film too. As
all of the participants were over 15, I will give my film a rating of 15.
I asked this question so that I could see the dominant age of the audience, I
found that the answers were more or less 50/50 so I will not use the information
from this question when I make the title sequence because I do not need to suit
it to a specific gender.
I wanted to know what type of horror the participants found the most scary so
that I would know which one to make my horror film. The results show that
they find psychological horror scarier than gory horror, so I will aim to make
my horror film a psychological horror.
I asked what the
participants pay most
attention to when watching
a horror film to see what is
the most important element
we need to focus on. The
majority of people said that
they focus most on the
storyline. Even though the
opening wont have much of
a storyline, I will aim to end
it with a cliff-hanger so that
the audience will be
intrigued and will expect a
good storyline to follow.
I asked the participants
whether they prefer
vampires, zombies, dolls or
ghosts in horror films.
Many said zombies, this
contradicts with my
previous question about
whether they prefer
psychological horror or
gory horror. As the answers
were less spread out in the
previous question than this
one, I am going to stick
with psychological horror
and ignore this question as
the results in this question
are less specific.
This was a very important question because it will help me determine the main
theme of the horror film. I asked the participants which setting is most scary for
a horror film: current time or olden times. Around 54% said current times and
around 46% said that olden times is more scary. These results are very close so
we will chose the setting based on our other answers.
We wanted to know if people preferred well known actors in horror films or
unknown actors to see what would appeal to the audience most. The answers
again were very close (almost 50/50). As this is a small production, we will be
unable to have well known actors in our opening so we will use unknown
I wanted to know what the typical clichés were in horror films so that I could
stay away from them to make my horror film more original. Many people said
cliché deaths are typical in horror films, knowing this, we will avoid killing an
Asking what the participants would say to a cheesy and fake actor gave us a
good idea of what they would want to see in acting. Many said they would say
“be more genuine” so we will make our actors as genuine as possible.
Lastly, I asked the participants to name
their 3 favourite horror films. Asking
this would allow me to see what popular
horror films are liked by my audience
so I can take key elements from those
films and incorporate them accordingly
into my opening of the film. Doing this
will appeal to my audience because it’s
elements they enjoyed from other films.