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  • 1. Assignment 6 – Opening Sequence Analysis By Gledis Dedaj
  • 2. The Opening Sequence from ‘Gattaca’ !
    • Genre: Science fiction
    • How it meets conventions of the genre:
    • The use of images such as body parts and medical equipment allow
    • the audience to know that the movie will have something to do with science.
    • These different shots tell the audience that the movie is about identity and someone trying to hide theirs.
    Finger nail Human hair Packets of blood and urine
  • 3. Font/titles of Gattaca!
    • The text/writing in the opening sequence fades in sync with the music.
    • The text is small at first- this represents looking through a microscope.
    • This links to the Science Fiction genre of the film.
  • 4. Camera Shots!
    • The opening sequence consists of mostly close-up shots and extreme close-up shots.
    • These extreme close-ups are done to hide the identity of the character in order to reflect what the film is about- Hidden identity.
    • Extreme close-up of hair
    • The characters face is always hidden to create mystery and enigma
    • The close-ups give the audience pieces of a puzzle from the movie – this creates enigma.
  • 5. Camera movement!
    • The camera movements are very slow and smooth in order to calm the audience and put them at ease .
    • The movements flow from shot to shot to relax the audience.
    • The camera moves swiftly and gently along to show the strand of hair.
    • The camera moves with him as he slowly shaves.
  • 6. Sound and Transitions!
    • Sound:
    • The music is non-diagetic.
    • Its starts off slow then high violins come in.
    • It is very slow pace throughout the opening sequence.
    • After a while the noise of the characters movement can be herd-this is diagetic sound.
    • Transitions:
    • The images overlap each other and fade into other images.
    • No cuts, it keeps flowing.
    • The minimal movements from the character and lack of action creates a slow pace
  • 7. Images!
    • The opening sequence consists of different shots of the characters body.
    • It shows an experiment going on but its not explained.
    • The images are pieces of a puzzle that create enigma.
    • From the images we know the film has something to do with the human body.
     Trying to hide his identity with a false finger print
    • We can be identified through our blood and urine.
    • He is using someone else's – trying to hide his identity
  • 8. The Opening Sequence From ‘Seven’
    • Genre: Thriller
    • How it meets conventions of the genre:
    • It does this by flashing random and disturbing images.
    • This makes the audience uneasy – common in thrillers.
    • The randomness of the images create enigma for the opening sequence
  • 9. Camera Shots!
    • Images overlap each other and fade away in time with the music.
    • Close-ups of characters actions emphasis what it is that they are doing. 
    • Their face is not revealed, we only see body parts like their fingers and finger tips. 
  • 10. Narrative and Images!
    • Narrative:
    • The character is getting rid of his fingerprints.
    • He wants to hide his identity.
    • He doesn’t want to be found.
    • Images:
    • Images of photos and weird random pictures.
    • The images make the audience uneasy.
    • They send out a cold medical feel
    • Torture instruments and money represent crime, greed and evil.
  • 11. Editing/Pace and Transitions!
    • Editing/Pace:
    • The pace is quite slow but the camera shots and flashes of images make it seem a lot faster.
    • Transitions:
    • Small pieces of information are revealed .
    • This creates enigma.
    • The overlapping and fading disorientate the audience.
    • Fast flash of the title
  • 12. Special Effects!
    • Echoing:
    • Ghost trail:
    • Flashing:
    • Black and white:
    • Sepia:
    • Slow motion:
    > >
  • 13. Font/titles!
    • Hand written 
    • Appear and disappear 
    • Flash with tempo of music 
    • Slanted sideways 
    >
  • 14. Opening Sequence from ‘The Ring’!
    • Genre: Thriller
    • How it meets conventions of the genre:
    • Terrifying and thrilling images used to scare the audience.
    • Terror in her facial expression
    • .Common in thrillers and horrors.
  • 15. Fonts/titles!
    • The font appears hand written 
    • The ‘O’s in the text match the ring of the well in the film
    • This emphasise the theme of the film.
    • The text moves in sync with the music.
     
  • 16. Camera Shots!
    • Low angle shots to emphasise actions of the character.
    • Close-up of her hand on the door knob. 
    • Close-up of facial expression. 
    • 15 second long shot
    • creates tension. 
     Slowly walking up the stairs.
  • 17. Camera Angles and Movement!
    • A low angle of her feet as she walks to the door 
    • The shot of her feet in the water is an uncomfortable cold image and emphasises fear. 
    • Fast pace movement.
    • Quick shots of images moving in time with the music.
    • Lots of flashing
    • images. 
  • 18. Transitions and Narrative!
    • Narrative:
    • The narrative is non-linear.
    • There is no real story-line.
    • Transitions :
    • Everything is included.
    • Random images and photos to disorientate the audience and put them in a state of panic.