The opening starts with the film company logo.They have adapted the logo to suit their opening.The music is synchronised w...
The music quickens and is synchronised with thetitle movement. There is a 180 degree turnfollowed by a slow zoom in. The c...
The Music tones down and is synchronised withthe credits, they’re slow transitions betweeneach shot which match the music....
From the fourth and fifth print screen there is afade from the two which for a momentintertwines the images. The audience ...
After this shot, the screen quickly cuts to blackand what looks to be shortbread cut outs taketurns in lighting up until t...
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Opening sequence - Edward Scissorhands

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A deconstruction of the opening 2 minutes of Edward Scissorhands, by Tim Burton. Focusing on how the credits are presented.

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Opening sequence - Edward Scissorhands

  1. 1. The opening starts with the film company logo.They have adapted the logo to suit their opening.The music is synchronised with the titles thatcome up, it is an orchestra with young voicescreating a choir. It sounds like a nursery rhymewhich has a dark nature. When the second shotcomes in a piano starts to play which sounds verysweet and delicate.
  2. 2. The music quickens and is synchronised with thetitle movement. There is a 180 degree turnfollowed by a slow zoom in. The choir becomeslouder too.
  3. 3. The Music tones down and is synchronised withthe credits, they’re slow transitions betweeneach shot which match the music. Most thecolours and objects being shown are tinged blue.This suggests a dream state also, blue isassociated with being relaxed – like the music.
  4. 4. From the fourth and fifth print screen there is afade from the two which for a momentintertwines the images. The audience isbeginning to see the building of someconstruction. The writing that fades in is in whitewhich makes it stand out against thebackground.
  5. 5. After this shot, the screen quickly cuts to blackand what looks to be shortbread cut outs taketurns in lighting up until they all come on (seenext shot). This is again synchronised to themusic as we hear a chiming with each show. Thebiscuits are also turning on the spot in bothclock wise and anti. This enhances thedizzy/dream effect.The fades onto the screen at an angle and thenstraightens itself out. This turning has quite adizzy effect – similar to being hypnotised. Thislinks with the idea that this is a dream.This was the first 2.08 minutes of the film.

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