Tuesday, 25 January 2011

"Watching" documentary

When 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 an instant arousal is almost irresistible", he is referring to how film directors should try to create suspense throughout the film, rather than give a way too much in the first scenes. The creation of suspense throughout the whole film will give the audience a better outlook towards the film as 
opposed to if only the first half was suspenseful.

According to director  Jean Jacques Beineix, there are risks to films which use "instant arousal". To him, "instant arousal" will leave the audience bored for the duration of the film. The lasting impression of the film will not be 
related to the aspects of the film that were good, but of the whole film itself. 

Orson Welles "A touch of evil"
"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". This in vital in openings as some aspects of the storyline should be given so that the audience's interest is kept. However, if too much is given away, the audience may feel they already know the outcome of the film and will not find the film suspenseful.

To Stanley Kauffmann, a classical opening is when the camera shows the tall buildings of a city, then moves into a building, then through a window of that building and into the setting of the scene. To Stanley, a classical opening is used to show the audience the surroundings of the scene. It gives the audience an idea into what sort of surroundings and 
atmosphere the scene will be set in.

Orson Welles wanted his film "A touch of evil" to not have credits and to plunge the audience straight into the 
story. However Universal Studios put in it's indent which went against 
Orson's wishes.

The "favourite trick of Film Noir" is when films start with the ending from the film. The situation the character in the film has gotten into, is shown by the events that lead to the situation.

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