Thursday, 17 February 2011

RESEARCH: Watching a Documentary

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's attention in order to make them watch the rest of the film.


2) According to the director, Jean Jacques Beineix ‘instant arousal’ by the audience could lead to directors giving all the information to the audience in the opening, then the rest of the film becomes rather pointless..

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 to 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 from the ending of the film, so the end is the beginning and the beginning is the end..
7) The opening sequence of The Shining creates suspense because the camera's  following the car like a predator. The car is the only one shown, this gives it an eerie feel to it because it seems very obvious that what happens next is about the the people in the car.

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