Wednesday, 9 February 2011

My Response To The 'Watching' Documentary

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 said 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." What I’ve understood from his statement is that any film must announce as much ambition at the beginning as it will do throughout the movie to maintain the interest of the audience. There should be a good sharp shot and that the accelerator (for the movie) must be pressed to the floor, suggesting that actions should hurry 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"

According to the Director Jean Jacques Beineix, there are risks of 'instant arousal' because he thinks that the audience must wait before they get complete satisfaction.
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 contrast images that are not logical.
So if I was to create a film opening, I would have to make sure that it starts off strong and I would have to maintain a high standard throughout. With this, I’m setting the ‘bar way to high for myself from the beginning which puts more stress on me to make my film more successful.

"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 agree with this statement that the Director made. He talking about being able 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.

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. I loved how the camera uses a lot of extreme close-ups and establishing shots to show the connection between the character and the props the character uses.

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 continuously in the middle. We suspect a Thrill because of the stressed 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 into its prey.
If there is one thing I would love to take from the film ‘se7en’ is the use of over the shoulder shots, extreme close-ups and the fact that there was no use of dialogue in the film opening. I feel it makes the film more interesting if there is no dialogue or ‘false dialogue’ (murmuring, using sounds from the mouth, stuttering) it makes the film more exciting and intriguing for the viewer.

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