Quite a while back now I watch a documentary called ‘Watching’ which talks about the conventional thrillers and also the strengths and weaknesses of each. A critic named Stanley Kauffmann was giving his ideas on what makes a classic opening and he believes that “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.”
Our thriller opening and the one described by Stanley Kauffmann share same similarities and also differ from one and another in the sense that our one included more still shots rather than a ‘tilting shot’ going from ‘bottom to top’. They are mainly similar as they both begin with an establishing shot going closer and closer to the house, where the story begins.
Below you can see the title sequence in 'The Stepfather' and those are the nine shots which show credits and above is the title sequence from the Deadfall showing the nine shots which show the credits.
My group and I watched many thriller openings and I noticed the fact that title sequence going in a particular order firstly begging with the production company, two main actors, the film title, two other actors, casting director, music producer, Editor and lastly the producer. This is the structure in which I and my group also implemented and was also very similar to the one in ‘The stepfather’. However the stepfather uses a black font, which we were also going to use, but the colour black faded in to the opening of our thriller and therefore was invisible. Consequently we decided to go with the colour white which was clearer and visible.