Extension Task – ‘WatchingDocumentary on Film Openings I will be answering the questions in the extension exercise within this presentation
1) What does Thomas Sutcliffe mean?• Thomas Sutcliffe means that Its part of the way humans are to have immediate gratification in life generally; and the same applies when watching a movie. When making a film, the main target is to make the plot easy to understand for the audience to be entertained without losing interest for the film. By ‘seducing’ the audience, it is guaranteed that they will not stay disinterested as a seduction is only a glimpse of the real thing.
2) According to director Jean Jacques Beineix, what are the risks of ‘instant arousal’?• According to Jean Jacques Beineix, the risks of ‘instant arousal’ is that the questions asked by the audience about the film are not always answered in a way they would understand. He mentions that that’s the problem about making films. The beginning has been shown which arouses the viewer, but then the question is what can you do next in order to keep the viewer aroused for the rest of the film.
3) Explain why “a good beginning must make the audience feel thatit doesn’t know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn’t know too little”• A good beginning must be able to sustain the same level of interest from the audience throughout the entire film. In the beginning, enough information and entertainment should be shown to the audience in order to keep them wondering about what’s to come throughout the film as the beginning really surprised them and made them want to keep watching. The opening of a film is really important.
4)What does critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening? Why does this work?• Stanley Kauffmann describes as the classic opening as an establishing shot of New york city, seen from the east. Then having a close up of a building, then having a camera go up the building, onto a window, then going inside the window until passing the reception office, ending in the beginning of the plot. This told the audience the organization of the world, how everything fits together.
5)Why is Kyle Cooper’s title sequence to the film Seven so effective?• Kyle Cooper’s title sequence to the film Seven is so effective because it gives the audience a glimpse about what they would experience if they watch the entire film. Also, the editing really gets the audience’s attention. Furthermore, the title sequence also introduces the plot to the audience, which makes it easier for them to understand.
6)What did Orson Welles want to achieve with hisopening to the film A Touch of Evil? What did Universal Studios do to it? Why?• Welles wanted to achieve full attention from the audience without any distractions such as sound, titles or anything else which could bore the audience.• Universal studios re-edited the opening in a way that was more understandable. For example, credits were introduced in the final cut in order to make it more usual.
7)What is meant by “a favorite trick of Film Noir ”? What is the trick?• A favorite trick of film noir means starting the beginning of the film with the end. A technique used a lot nowadays. This technique introduces the plot in a bizarre way which later can be understood because as they watch the film, they will understand it better. Also, this is another way to keep the audience entertained.
8)How does the opening to the film The Shining create suspense?• The opening of The shining creates suspense by having different types of shots and camera techniques which slightly forces the audience to keep watching as they have to understand it in order to also be able to understand the opening.