Tuesday, 1 February 2011

'Watching' - Documentary on film openings

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 meant that the film needs to grab the audiences attention within those five minutes or less of the opening of a movie- because audience are easily distracted and critical.  

2)According to director Jean Jacques Beineix , what are the risks of 'instant arousal'?

He says that suspense needs to build up throughout the movie or it needs it needs a highpoint at the end before breaking it; because if you start with a strong suspense in the beginning then the audience are going to lose interest during the film, instead of building interest. 

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 "

He states that you can't give away the plot in the beginning of the film, he says that you need to get the audience thinking they need to catch up, because if knew what is going on then they are going to just assume that they know what's going to happen throughout the movie. So you need give them little information and expect them to figure out the movie as it progresses.

4)What does critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening?

Stanley Kauffmann describes the opening: 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. This classic process you are told where it is going to take place. when the camera goes in the window we are revealed to the hero character. 

5)Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven so effective?

The title sequence tunes the audience in, it is descriptive. The movie Seven's sequence told the story better than the movie itself. the movie psychotic 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?

He 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, a good movie has to always have something to reveal. 

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, the Mise en scene conveying big mountains and trees, but the camera sets its views fixed on the little only man made object- the car. This builds suspense in the viewer as it gets you thinking why this car is so important and is it safe in its surrounding. 

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