I want to leave the audience guessing in my opening
sequence in order to create suspense an enigma.
Close up of hand reaching into crib Draws the audiences attention to what she's doing. . Allows imagination to run wild .It never shows what Making the audience uneasy she sees only her reaction. . Close up of Creates tension Rosemary’s face, emphasises her shock and horror at what she sees.
Main character fell asleep during detention and is awoken by a noise at 8:00pm, the building is empty. This is when she discovers a body in a cupboard (opening sequence). After student’s body is found and removed, an investigation to find the murderer begins. More students are murdered but its not revealed what’s killing them only their reactions before they die.
Main character is curious about what she herd in the hallway (whispering) -does research on building before it became a school (mental hospital). She discovers there was a fire and someone died (but this was a cover-up for a murder).
The main character tries to tell others and warn them but they think she’s crazy and don’t believe her. She then begins to be tormented by the spirit haunting the school and thinks she's going insane.
At the end of the movie the main character discovers that the body was buried in the basement (creepy and eerie and no one goes down there). She has to dispose of the body for it’s spirit to leave permanently.
Whilst in basement she realises the body is behind the wall and knocks it down to find it is no longer there. She desperately looks for the body and heavy breathing and footsteps are herd coming from behind her. She turns around and screams.
The main character (a student) runs up the staircase to the top floor of the school. (close up of feet running) A long shot from the end of the hallway of the character as she reaches the top
As she walks down the hallway, incoherent, but loud whispering can be herd coming from the walls and the lights start flickering.
In between shots flashing images of newspaper articles will appear revealing that the school used to be a mental institution and something happened involving a patient.
She continues walking. At this point the character is very frightened and shaking. All the doors begin to slam by themselves. The students drops her folder from the shock.
She notices blood on a door knob, opens it with her sleeve and follows a trail of blood to the cupboard. As she opens the door, high pitched music plays, what she sees is not revealed you only see her reaction.
How my opening sequences creates enigma and suspense
In my opening sequence enigma will be created through the second character whom is not revealed. (inside the cupboard)
The fact that it is not shown to the audience what the main characters sees and is horrified by creates enigma because the audience will then become curious as to what it is she is reacting to.
Their curiosity towards the mysterious character will lead to my audience wanting to see the rest of the film in order to find out what happened to them