Friday, 25 October 2013
During the inspiration phase, another opening sequence that caught my attention was from Fast and Furious 6. This opening sequence is very powerful and in many ways effective, benefiting both the film and the audience.
The first thing you see, as an audience member, is the two main characters from the previous F&F films. This is extremely effective. By instantly showing 'Dom' and 'Brian' (Main Roles) it automatically draws in the audience, causing them to feel engaged into the film right from the start. Benefiting the audiences attitude towards watching the rest of the film, painting a good image for the film before its even started. Another effective element of the opening moments is the first bit of dialogue that we hear. We hear 'Dom' say 'Let's go for a little ride' . This gets the audience excited and eager to find out what happens next, which is always a good trait for a film to have as it builds an instant atmosphere within the audience.
The background music used within this sequence is in some ways positive and in other ways negative. Positive, as it is suitable for the audience that the film is targeted towards and it was a very popular track at the time of the movie being released. Not only this, but due to the songs lyrics and its up beat pace, it gets the adrenaline of the audience immediately going, again causing them to feel fully engaged and eager to watch the film. However, if an audience member was, for instance, an older male or perhaps a female, then the music used may put them off of the film. As they could potentially think that the film is too common, resulting in a more arrogant approach when watching the rest of the film.
This has got me to think about whether or not the elements and techniques I decide to use within my opening sequence are going to match my chosen target audience and whether or not my sequence is going to be able to maintain an engaged audience from start to finish. I think that if the target requirements I set prior to practical work are all met, then my opening sequence will be successful.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
The title sequence above is taken from Spider-man, it is a non simplistic and very interesting display of opening credits. I think that it grabs the audiences attention straight away through the use of contents that will be within the film, also the music clearly indicates that the film is going to be action-packed. It is essential for the audience to feel automatically drawn into the film. This ensures that they will continue to view the film, therefore increasing the films status and benefiting the films distribution in the long run.
The first piece of text we see on screen is the production companies name. This is an effective technique to use, especially that the company in this instance is Marvel, as if the production company are seen as prestigious and behold a good reputation the chances are that more people will want to continue watching the film. This again compliments the film itself and its will lead to a positive increase in distribution figures.
Another positive about this opening sequence is that it is very unique. It isn't simplistic and it comes across intriguing and, in some ways, challenging to the eyes of the audience. One major thing that benefits the presold audience, is the fact that we instantly see the stereo typical colours of red and blue. This automatically entices the audiences attention as it causes the younger majority to get excited and eager to see more as the colours of spiderman are instantly used within this sequence. Using this element of mise-en-scene also benefits the film aesthetically.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
When looking for inspiration to benefit me when creating my opening sequence, i decided to browse Youtube to gather some different ideas off of others work. One that i did come across and took interest in was the 'Lord of War' title sequence (above). One reason why i think this sequence is effective is that the first text we see is 'Nicolas Cage'. This benefits the film quite drastically as Nicolas Cage is a very prestigious actor, therefore automatically indicating to the audience that the main character is Nicolas Cage, resulting in a larger number of demand to see the film.
Another reason as to why this sequence is effective is that automatically we can see, what seems like, the crafting of bullets. This instantly indicates that during the film there is a very good chance that there will be use of weapons, which usually would draw more attention to the film as its highlighting that the film is going to be action-packed. On the other hand, the way in which the title sequence is displayed isnt very entertaining as such, which could initially put the viewer off watching. However it does show great detail into the craft of the bullets, therefore relating back to the title 'Lord of War'. This could potentially be to indicate how detailed the battle scenes are going to be.
Another element I like about this sequence is that although it is quite simplistic, it causes you, as a viewer, to wonder about what the film is going to consist of. The best way to describe the sequence would be as a foundation of thoughts for the different possible outcomes of the film, which would cause the audience to feel somewhat interacted with the film from the very beginning inviting them to view more. Also, technically the chosen sequence isn't simplistic, which also benefits the viewers interest towards the film from the moment it starts.
I also think that another clever feature of this opening sequence is that it almost has its own separate narrative within it. the intentions of the sequence are to show the audience the craft of the bullets in detail, from start to finish. This is bemnefitial as it strongly represents the detail that will be shown in the film.