Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Day 7: Documentary on Film Openings

In our media lesson, we watched a half an hour long documentary which allowed us to listen to the views of different directors about Thriller film openings.

Thomas Sutcliffe says that "Films need to seduce their audience into long term commitment. While there are many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible." With this statement I think he means that the film must announce as much ambition at the beginning as it will do throughout the movie to maintain the interest of the audience. There must be a good sharp shot and that the accelerator (for the movie) must be pressed to the floor, suggesting that actions should be speeded up and have an effect straight away. He also says that the film opening must "satisfy" so that with the audience there is "immediate gratification"

However according to the Director Jean Jacques Beineix says that there are risks of 'instant arousal' because he thinks that the audience must wait before they get complete satisfaction, and that if you start strong you have to maintain a high standard throught, so you are setting the bar way to high for yourself from the beginning.

"A good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn't know too little." I think with this statement the Director wants to capture the audience and make them want to know more about the film, for them to be able to get on the same wavelength as the director to lead the story.

Stanley Kauffmann describes the classic opening with an establishing shot of New York City, then following with a close up shot to a tall building, then zooming to a window, a close up of what is inside it then tracking past the 'receptionist.' This opening shows us where the 'hero' is found and suggests that everything here is related which is why it works. However a thriller film is different, it presents us with juxtaposed images that are not logical and disfunctional

Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film 'Se7en' is highly effective as it tells us a story and foreshadows future events. It also does a thing called "Show don't Tell" this is where we see what could happen but it doesn't tell us, it also reveals a lot about the main character the 'killer' however we are not even introduced to him yet.

With his opening Orson Welles wanted to plunge the audience into the story without preparing themselves, however Universal changed this because they didn't want the expectation to be too high for the rest of the film.

The very simple opening to the film 'The Shining' is very effective although it just shows a car travelling along the mountains with the credits rolling continously in the middle. We suspect a Thrill though because of the tense drumbeat and loud music increasing in volume, and it presents the car to be like a predator though we have a feeling that it is going completely the wrong way leading to its danger.

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