Thursday, 27 January 2011

Documentary on Film Openings

This is from the lesson today when we watched a documentary about the openings of movies.
A 1) He is saying that you should not go all out with the opening and make it amazing from the start. even though it is very tempting to capture the audience from the start with a explosion or something. instead of doing that you should have a slow start and build the audience into the climax 
A 2) It will result in the rest of the film trying  to live up to the the start, and often the film can die out because non of it was as good as the start. 
A 3) It must make them feel like this so they have a reason to watch on, they need to feel like they know a little bit so they can discover the whole picture. no one wants to know nothing and enter the first 5mins still not knowing anythin, they would find this fustrating and boring.
A 4) The classic opening is where we get a long shot of the area in which the place is set, then the camera goes up the side of the building past the secertaries desk and into the executive office. This is a good classic opening because it tells us everything we need to know, where it is set and who the person is and what status they have.
A 5) Because it uses at lot of close ups and extreem close ups and is totaly seperate from the film, it also shows us the man is slightly crazy as he is cuting himself to put in a book.
A 6) he wanted to achieve doing the whole opening in one shot, with no cuts or edits, just a straight run through.
A 7) The trick is to put the ending at the start of the film and have the rest of the film lead up to the events that unfold in the beginning 
A 8) It creates suspense by tracking the car from a high point view like it is a predetor waiting to pounce on its pray.

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