Friday, 21 January 2011

Watching documentary: RESEARCH

“All great beginnings are a kind of premonition.” – Thomas Sutcliffe

During this media lesson we watched a documentary, by Peter Sutcliffe, about film openings.

1) When Thomas Sutcliffe says, “Films need to seduce their audience into long term commitment” he means that the opening needs to grab the audience in order for them to watch the whole film.

2) According to the director, Jean Jacques Beineix ‘instant arousal’ y the audience could lead to directors giving all the information to the audience, then there’s nothing left to give.

3) The camera shows a tower block, then goes through a window then an office an so on. It is basically an establishing shot , then a close up repeated until we get see the character, this makes life seem normal, however later in the film something occurs to show that its not as normal as it seems.

4) Kyle Cooper’s Se7en’s title sequence is so effective because it gets the viewer ready for the type of film, it sets the tone. It also foreshadows events which may happen in the film.
5) In a touch of evil, Orson Wells wanted to push the typical opening sequence boundaries. He didn’t want music or credits he wanted to get straight into the film. However Universal Studios added music and rolling credits to it.
6) ‘A favourite trick of Film Noir’ is starting the film with the end, so it goes in a circle so by the end your back at the end
7) The opening sequence of The Shining creates suspense by following the car like a predator. Also there is nothing or anyone about it looks like its somewhere people don't go, this creates tension, it seems like something is going to happen/ go wrong.

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