Friday, 28 January 2011

Watching Documentary.

Whhilst watching this documentary I realised that Thomas Sutcliffe is trying to establish the two ways in which you can seduce your audience; either by going straight into a film or right from the beginning of the film to seduce your audience with instant arousal. In my opinion i believe as part of an audience i prefer a film to instantly catch my attention from the beginning and seduce me into the film so that i can keep watching.

The risk of starting a film with such energy and high expectations is that the expectations are hard to keep up. It has to live up to the rest of the film so there won't be any disappointment. By having an explosive first scene at the beginning the rest of the film may be a bore, however as part of the audience i think i'd be very anxious to see what will happen next, and what caused such an explosion at the beginning. At the same time you don't want th opening to give away too much, but you don't want to give too little.

Some classic film openings are long shots of a town, city or area. Buildings, receptionists, officies etc. This is effective because the mise en scene can be easily and quickly understood. Also, you have to establish your characters and introduce the important roles in the films so that the audience can get a clear understanding of the story line.

'A favourite trick of Film Noir' is a trick which has inspired many thriller films to date. The trick is, to show the end of the film at the beginning. In other words to show the outcome before how it actually happened, how it came about to occuring. This can be confusing however also very effective because it leaves the audience at the edge of their seats wanting to know more, and how the outcome came about, drawing them into the film.

The opening of the film 'Touch Of Evil' creates suspense with all the different high and low angle shots creating interest as well as tension, making you see everything from different points of veiw. The whole of the 4 minute scene is the longest ever scene known which was shot in only one take. (See below video.) This was done by tracking, which must've taken over a few weeks to master, and occured alot of plannning.

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