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Director Case Study
WES CRAVEN
“Horror films don't create fear.
They release it.”
Wes Craven
“If I were interested in reality,
I'd be making documentaries.”
Wes Craven
The Man
 Wesley Craven was born August 2nd 1939 in
Cleveland Ohio to Caroline and Paul
Craven.
 He was bought up a in a ...
The Career
 Craven started left education and made
many X rated pornographic films under
different names.
 His first dir...
On horror films…“Its like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human
beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, ...
Cravens Style
 Wes Craven has always loved shock value.
He enjoys evoking a physical reaction from
his audience.
 He fre...
Cravens Style
 Wes Craven has always loved shock value.
He enjoys evoking a physical reaction from
his audience.
 He fre...
Craven’s Style
 Seen below are some of Craven’s signature
scenes, the first of which is the opening to one
of his masterp...
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  1. 1. Director Case Study WES CRAVEN
  2. 2. “Horror films don't create fear. They release it.” Wes Craven
  3. 3. “If I were interested in reality, I'd be making documentaries.” Wes Craven
  4. 4. The Man  Wesley Craven was born August 2nd 1939 in Cleveland Ohio to Caroline and Paul Craven.  He was bought up a in a strict Baptist family and his father died when he was four years old.  He attended John Hopkins University and achieved a Masters in Philosophy ad writing.  First film job was as a sound editor in a post production company in New York
  5. 5. The Career  Craven started left education and made many X rated pornographic films under different names.  His first directing job was ‘The last house on the left,’ a film met with equal amounts f praise and controversy. It was later remade in 2009 with Crave in the producer role.  Craven has made two of the best loved horror franchises in history, ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ in 1984 and ‘Scream’ in 1996.  He has gone on to direct 29 piece spanning film and tv.
  6. 6. On horror films…“Its like boot camp for the psyche. In real life, human beings are packaged in the flimsiest of packages, threatened by real and sometimes horrifying dangers, events like Columbine. But the narrative form puts these fears into a manageable series of events. It gives us a way of thinking rationally about our fears”
  7. 7. Cravens Style  Wes Craven has always loved shock value. He enjoys evoking a physical reaction from his audience.  He frequently tries to push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in media, especially in terms of violence/gore and sexuality.  He favours jump cuts and loud jump scares as methods of creating tension.
  8. 8. Cravens Style  Wes Craven has always loved shock value. He enjoys evoking a physical reaction from his audience.  He frequently tries to push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in media, especially in terms of violence/gore and sexuality.  He favours jump cuts and loud jump scares as methods of creating tension.
  9. 9. Craven’s Style  Seen below are some of Craven’s signature scenes, the first of which is the opening to one of his masterpieces ‘Scream.’ That scene in particular is what got him known for his shock value. The scene in question had to have frames cut out of it so the intestines were not seen to be moving. If they had not done this, some cinemas will have refused to show the film due its explicit violence and gore.

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