Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Watching Documentary on film openings

In the lesson we watched a documentary called ‘Watching’. This documentary was based on the significance of Film openings. There were questions which had to be answerd that where on the documentary.
Below are some of the questions which where constructed to be answered:

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"?
Thomas Sutcliffe is trying to explain that a viewer must know what is going to occur next in a film. That a film opening should be constructed at a certain pace so it isn’t rushed but on the construct dragged and slow, this will allow every moment of the film to be appreciated and savoured.

2) According to Director Jean Jacques Beineix, what are the risks of 'Instant Arousal'?
It’s to do with balancing how you display instant arousal towards the audience and if this is rushed or it becomes too intense this can be a huge risk as it will affect what to do next and how momentum will be established throughout the film.

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"?
It’s all to do with balancing out the way a film is displayed to the audience. You want to have the audience questioning themselves and what they see as this will interest them and cause creative thinking to happen in the minds of the audience. A good balance will allow a story to grow whereas to much will give away the plot and too little will disinterest the audience as the film will become predictable.
4) What does Critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening? Why does this work?
The critic Stanley Kauffmann describes a classic opening as a film with shots which are establishing examples of this would be high angle shots of cities like New York City, this would then follow a title of building which would have a shot from angles like the bottom or top. This would finally conclude with shots through a window until it reaches the main areas of the building for example a reception or office in which the film begins.

5) Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven so effective?
It‘s effective in showing how the character is psychotic and in addition to this it foreshadows the characters in the scene of a story line in the film.

7) What is meant by ‘a favourite trick of film Noir’? What is trick?
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?
With his opening scene the studio wanted to achieve background music which would have credits in the beginning of the film, however Mr. Orson Welles on the contrast wasn’t keen on this happening nevertheless the studios got what they wanted in the end.

The trick with this is basically the introduction of the film which is the beginning sections is actually the ending of the film; a film with this sort of set out is casino.

The trick with this is basically the introduction of the film which is the beginning sections is actually the ending of the film; a film with this sort of set out is casino.


8) How does the opening to the film ' The Shinning ' create suspense?
The way in which a helicopter i used to capture the vast area of land below and the moving car which is travelling endlessly. The helicopter bird’s eye view acts as if was a presence which is lurking and tracking the movement of the vehicle makes the scene suspenseful, thrilling and sinister.

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