what draws your attention to the rest of the film?• The storyline is quickly established.• The use of high profile, popular actors.• Humour is used.• The anti-climax of seriousness makes it funny for the viewers to watch.
what visual aspects stand out?• The colourful scenes at the news report and then how that contrasts to the dark, secretive meeting.• The spot lights that are looking down on each person in the meeting, but you can’t see their faces. Clearly this shows that the meeting is secretive and this makes the audience ask who they are and what they are doing.
what sounds are used?• Voiceover for news report to give outline information.• Dialogue to explain the situation in the meeting.• Dramatic music in the meeting to create tension and drama.• More upbeat music when change in scene to show less serious atmosphere.
The use of text• Text is used to show where the news report has taken place, it is white, small and down the bottom of the screen, like a real news report.• In the credits, the blue text matches the sea.
Introduction to characters• We are introduced to a few of the main characters:• The Malaysian Prime Minister – we learn of his actions and how they put him in danger.• Mugatu – we find out he is a designer. He is sat on his own in the meeting with his dog to show he is the main character in this meeting.• Derek Zoolander – we discover that he is a male model, he is very dumb and will be targeted to assassinate the Malaysian Prime Minister.• Matilda – we see she is a journalist who is involved in the fashion industry.
Does the opening help you guess the genre of the film?• Yes, the opening is funny and the genre is a comedy, so simply it helps guess the genre by using comedy in the opening minutes.
How do you think the opening is supposed to make you feel?• Simply, the opening is meant to make you laugh. As it is a comedy the main aim is to basically impress you with humour.
Why is the film opening so powerful?• The opening shows a serious storyline with the aspect of death and murder but it also mixes it with comedy. This makes it interesting and unique.