As a class we watched a documentary on film openings. It gave us a brief information on the ideas and plans the directors have for film openings and what makes good openings.We were given a set of questions to answer and think about while watching the documentary.
1) What does Thomas Sutcliffe mean when he says "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 means that they need to interest the audience not giving to much at the beginning or getting their hopes up too much and later disappoint them.The opening has to be like a taster to temp the audience to carry on watching.
2)According to director Jean Jacques Beineix , what are the risks of 'instant arousal'?
-Jean Jacques Beineix believes that the suspense must be built up gradually making the audience more interested as the film progresses and not to start strong and the leave the audience feel disappointed.
3)Explain why "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 "
-If you start very strong you have to top that later on in the film. If they don't know enough they want to find out more , not knowing enough makes us more interested.
4)What does critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening?
-In the opening the audience is making an adjustment to what kind of movie it is and whether they are interested or not, and the director is establishing many things at once. Stanley Kauffmann describes the classic opening that the film began with an establishing shot , then a close up of a building camera going up the building to a window, the in the window taking us through the characters and their occupations.The journey of the camera let the audience know all that they need to know at the opening of the film.This is what Kauffmann calls the simple classic opening.
5)Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven so effective?
-It was designed to tune in and wake the audience up and get them ready for whats going to happen, the title sequence introduce the audience to the character and the psychotic feel to the movie becoming the first scene of the movie. The title sequence was so effective it was more influential than the movie.
6)What did Orson Welles want to achieve with his opening to the film A Touch Of Evil? What did Universal Studios do to it? Why?
-Orson Welles wanted to create a opening sequence with a evil side creating tension, without credits wanting to plunge the audience into his story.The universal studios put the credits and title music losing the effect Welles wanted to achieve.
7)What is meant by "a favourite trick of Film Noir"? What is the trick?
-The trick is that the film starts with the end, then throughout the rest of the film we are shown how a character got to that particular event which we were shown at the beginning.
8)How does the opening to the film The Shining create suspense?
-The opening of The Shining creates suspense as a view of a helicopter shot of the camera fixed on that object pursuing the car like a predator suggesting that evil is upon this in the car.