Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Documentary on Film Openings

During class I watched a Documentary named ' Watching ', it was about the importance of Film Openings. Whilst watching it I had to answer some questions that reflected the Documentary. Below are the questions and answers to them.

1) What does Thomas Sutcliffe mean when he says "Films need to seduce their audiences into long term commitment. While there are many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible"
I believe he means that films need to make the audience very interested in the film so they become cautious about what is yet to come. That the film openings should be slow but no fast, just like love making, you just want to savour every moment. Ultimately the its saying that the producer need to make the audience feel aroused in order for them to carrying on watching the film, Rather than letting the audience know what is going to happen instantly which I believe is tedious.

2) According to Director Jean Jacques Beineix, what are the risks of 'Instant Arousal'?
The risk in this is that if you start off too strong then you won't know what yo do next, how to keep this momentum up. This is because the film should gradually become more interesting rather than be magnificent to begin with and subsequently become less interesting.

3) Explain why " a good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn't know too little "?
This is because of what is going to capture the audience even though you give little away. You have to get the balance right, rather than giving too much away which could result in the audience becoming less interested as they can predict subsequent scenes.

4) What does Critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening? Why does this work?
The classic opening to a film is first the Establishing Shot of the city like New York, followed by the tilting shot of the Building from bottom to top, and then through the window to the reception to the main office where the story begins.

5) Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven so effective?
It is effective because it show the state of mind of the character that is psychotic. It also foreshadows the scene of the characters and the story of the film.

6) Why did Orson Welles want to achieve with his opening to the film ' A Touch Of Evil' ? What did Universal Studios do o it and why?
The studio wanted to put the score (background music) with the credits in he beginning of his film, but Orson Welles did not wish for this but Universal Studio won in the end.

7) What is meant by ' a favourite trick of Film Noir '? What is the Trick?
The trick is where in the beginning of the film is actually the ending of he film like 'Casino'.

8) How does the opening to the film ' The Shinning ' create suspense?
It does this by the Helicopter shot where we are following the car from above like a predator about to kill its prey; the scene has omens full of them. It shows that his car is going to the wrong direction which will later result in conflict throughout the movie. 

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