Monday, 24 January 2011

Day 7 : Structure of Thriller Opening

In class, we learnt about the four basic structures to a thriller opening. they are

  • Narrative opening with titles running throughout
  • A discrete title sequence
  • Titles over a blank screen, followed by the narrative opening
  • 'Stylized editing'- which is a mixture of the first two.
From watching the title sequence of the movie 'se7en', it is clear that it is a discrete title sequence. There is no narrative and there are lots of extreme close ups. by using the extreme close up technique, we (the viewer) only see parts of the main focus (i.e.- part of the newspaper, scissors cutting out photographs ,we see the hands of a person but not the face). This technique makes the viewer fill in all the gaps.
What I liked abut this title sequence is the combination of music and editing (drums, ear-y instruments, sounds that you would find on a keyboard). This helps the viewer determine that it is a psychological chiller. I wouldn't f my group was to make our title sequence based on the structure of a discrete sequence, I would definitely keep the frame of using a lot of the extreme close ups.

Mesrine (killer instinct)
Mesrine (a french movie) title sequence, i an example of a narrative film opening sequence. The narrative starts immediately, we are shown the locations, and after 40 seconds. we are introduced to the first character. The title sequence is shown in '2' split screen,( with either two parts of the screen playing, but one of them are moving in a slower pace tan the other) or a '3' spilt screen( with the same bottom screens rolling and the top one is wider showing us another character). The split screen technique was often used in television in the 1970's. Using this technique in the film helped set the genre and context of the film. The use of close-ups, extreme close-ups and mid shots being shot at different angels create a range of perspectives for the viewer. this helps the viewer realise that these two characters that are shown in the title sequence are important and helps the viewer know what type of role they are playing. It also uses the technique of a false plateau (in the car with the dog barking). The non-diegetic stringy music in the background also helps the viewer predict something happening and understand that something suspicious is going on.

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