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- 1. Textual Analysis -Variety of Film Openings
2. Blood Diamond
The next scene is brighter, showing that it is later on in the day. The father and son are walking home together; the music is still slow and calm showing that this is their normal daily ritual. It is captured in a medium shot, which gives us an idea of where they are and what is going on around them. Suddenly gangs appear, driving in their jeeps with the music blaring. This is a large contrast to the picturesque scene in which we just saw. The backing music speeds up, portraying a strong sense of urgency; the man and his son begin running. Now the cuts between each shot are much more abrupt, showing a strong sense of fear and chaos as many people in the small town are being mown down by the hooligans machine guns.
This scene is basically showing how sudden a whole town can change, a great difference to how calm and collected the town had been before their arrival.
Civil war rages for control over the diamond fields...
Genre: ActionDirector: Edward Zwick
The shot cuts to an extreme close up of a man lighting a gas light, goes to a medium shot of the man where we are shown his habitat. It seems like a hut, has little possessions within which shows theyre quite poor. The backing music is still quite slow, showing their calm family life and how they get on with things.
Cuts to an establishing shot, the sun is rising it is the start of their day. Each shot has water slowly running; this gives the audience a sense of calm.
The film begins with slow music and the titles fading onto the screen, a map flashes up indicating Sierra Leone. This shows up that this particular place is of great significance within the story. A few sentences play onto the screen, giving a bit of background information about Sierra Leone and blood diamonds. The music stops at a specific line, making that particular line cause more of a shock.
3. The Gift
The shot then merges into a close up of cards and a pack of cards on a table, a hand checks the time on the watch. The shot then cuts to a group of children walking home from school, getting on with their normal life and doing child like things such as throwing stones into a canal. The shot then cuts to tarot cards being revealed, 3 cards are turned over then the film cuts to a short clip of the river. This happens about 3 times, signifying a relationship between the supernatural nature of the tarot cards and what could possibly be in the river
Throughout this whole part of the film there is no dialogue used, we then are shown a woman doing a tarot card reading for a man. This is portraying that she is the one with The Gift. We are then shown her in bed at night, she is alone, and there is a close up of a family portrait. The woman wipes her eyes showing she is upset and sad; the background music is very slow which gives a sense of loneliness. The close up of the family portrait and her wiping tears away draws the audience in because we do not know what she is missing and why they have gone away. These aspects make the audience want to watch more and find out what happened to the man in the picture whom is now absent in the family house.
Genre: Thriller /HorrorDirector: Sam Raimi
Suddenly there is a clap of thunder, at this point a body appears on the screen only for a few seconds. It is out of the blue and quite jumpy, by something like this happening at the very beginning of the film it gives the audience a sense of what they have to come. Fades into a shot of the river again, but this time during the early morning whilst the sun is low and there is soft music playing in the background restoring some calm within the audience.
The film begins with a black screen, you can hear natural noises such as insects showing that it is set in quite a rural area and not a town where you would usual hear noises from cars and other industrial machinery. While the peaceful noises of the country are heard the titles of the film appear on the black screen in white writing. This signifies that things are seen to be very black and white it this town, portraying maybe older fashioned views and beliefs.
The establishing shot is a low level shot of a river at night; the water is flowing slowly and has a slight mist hanging over it. This makes the habitat look very eerie and causes a sense of uneasiness within the audience.
4. A police officer knocks at her door and informs her that her husband has been killed in a car crash, a series of over the shoulder shots are used and close ups on the womans face, which is portraying a lot of emotion. Once again a shallow depth of field is used, the police officer is very out of focus and his conversation turns to just noise. This is showing the event from her perspective and how she is in a state of shock. During this point I noticed that the background noise turns into what sounds like a steady beat of a heart, which fastens as the sad news is told.
Finally a low level shot, as if it is again from the womans perspective, is taken of a cluster of crows that are circling above her house. Crows are notorious for being a sign of bad luck
I hate surprises
Genre: Psychological ThrillerDirector: MennanYapo
Compared to the other opening sequences of films which I have analysed this begins with quite a fast pace, it makes the film appear to be more gripping. Once again the text is white against a black background, we hear numerous diegetic sounds such as car keys rattling etc.
The screen then fades into white, then to a shot of the woman in bed. The children jump into bed with her and they all go about their normal day, she drops the children off to school. On the drive home once again an overhead shot is used, in both car scenes so far overhead shots have been used, this turns out to be quite ironic. For the rest of the sequence all of the shots have the woman as the main focus. This gives quite a strong sense of uneasiness, it makes the audience aware that something is about to happen and her day is going to change for the worse.
The film then fades into an overhead shot of a woman in a car. She has her eyes covered with her hands, she says the words I hate surprises substantially surprises seem to be a bit of a theme within the film. Still with an overhead shot a man gets the woman out of the car, the lighting is quite bright making it seem heavenly and pure. It has been edited on quite a low saturation, which gives it quite a grainy effect; a shallow depth of field has also been used. This makes the main 2 characters stand out against the out of focus background, making them the main focus of attention.
5. The Strangers
The film begins with a black screen, the titles grow from the centre of the screen, and the text is in quite a light red colour. This colour has a lot of connotations, but in this particular case I think it could be signifying blood because it is very relevant to the film. In the same text and editing style, writing appears on the screen with a voice over saying the words at the same time; the text is basically saying how the film has been based on true events and some facts and figures about violent crimes in America.
As we approach the house in which they are staying at, the screen fades into a black screen, a sound clip is being played, and it is a 911 call reporting that there is someone in the house. The voice sounds terrified, as this is playing the shot pans onto a cars back window that has been smashed, there are 2 young boys in the background they are dressed in very traditional clothes and are wheeling quite old-fashioned bikes. This could give some idea of where they are situated?
The shot cuts to the 2 boys entering the house, the front door is open with everything looking a mess, and the police recording is still being played. A series of close ups are shown, firstly of a record player and then of a wedding ring box surrounded by rose petals then of a knife covered in blood, of a blood spattered wall and finally of a shotgun. The series of close up shots are all of significant objects; they all have a great meaning and give a very strong idea of what has happened in the house. Generally the lighting at this point is quite dim, we get the idea that it is early morning after all the horrific events have happened within the house.
The police call is from the 2 boys who have entered the house; the sound clip fades out as the shot fades into black. Finally the main titles appear on the screen the same way in which the beginning text had done at the beginning of the clip. This same clip is shown at the end of the film, this is a particular technique used to draw the audience into the film making them have questions about what has happened and therefore making them watch the rest of it to find out all of the answers.
The reason in which I chose to look into the opening sequence of this film was because of its genre, its genre is thriller as you can see therefore it is similar to the film as I am going to produce. The film is generally quite violent, our film contains violence also but not quite to the same extent as The Strangers, it is a far more dark and chilling film and you can tell that from the very beginning of the film.
The first set of shots is a tracking shot of houses, fading into black and then onto more houses, the shot gives the feeling that it is being taken from a car, this could perhaps be showing the scene from the passengers view. Giving the audience an idea of the location, but as more houses appear the sun is gradually going down telling us that it is nearing night time, creating a strong sense of fear because bad things generally happen at night in horror films.
The film begins with a black screen, small white text fades into shot in which