Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Film Openings..

During today's lesson we learnt about the importance of film openings, to give us a better understanding on the importance of film openings we watched a documentary which lasted for about 30 minutes. So we benefited from watching the documentary we was given a list of questions to answer whilst we watched the documentary. By watching the documentary I learned just how important the opening sequence of a movie really is. Film directors spend a lot of time planning and filming the opening sequence of a movie because they want the movie to be the best that it can be.
Here are some of the questions we had to answer:

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 instant arousal is almost irresistible." 
Thomas Sutcliffe means that by the time the opening sequence is over, the audience have to be already gripped into watching the movie. He is also suggesting that in the opening sequence the characters, story, place and tone have to be established. Some of the things you can do to grab the audience's attention in the opening sequence is by starting with and action scene.

What is meant by a favourite trick of Film Noir? What is the trick?
Film Noir is a term used to describe stylish Hollywood movies. An example of Film Noir is gangsta or black and white movies. The trick of portraying a good Film Noir movie is by starting the movie with an ending. A good example of this is the movie Casino. By starting the movie with an ending it makes the audience want to watch more so they can find out what happened in between the scenes.

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