Saturday, 5 February 2011

Documentary of Film Openings

In class we watched a short documentary about film openings and why certain films are made in certain ways.
 Thomas Sutcliffe said "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". he basically means that when watching a film, the audience need to be drawn in, in order of them wanting to continue watch it. He's also aying that the temptation to instantly catch the audience is almost irresistable because, they want the viwers to enjoy the film and maybe even go and tell some one else about it so they too can then go and be "seduced".

There are certain risks of 'instant arousal': e.g, "if you erouse the audience too early it may get them bored because its almost as though already know whats going to happen"- says the director Jean Jaccues Beieix.

"A good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesnt know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesnt know too little". This is because if the audience know basically the whole plot to the story it loses their concentration, just aswell if they know too little it makes them feel as though the story isnt getting anywhere, which then again loses their concentration.

Kyle Cooper's opening to the film Seven is so effective because it wakes everyone up. it has the effect of making the audience feel as though they are part of the film. the story told introducesus to a weird character; having that opeining alerts the audience that something strange is going to happen.

Orson Welles wanted people to be plunged before watching his film " A Touch of Evil". the studios didnt like that arrangement as they thought there would be no poin in doing it.

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