The opening title sequence starts straight in with the music.
There is a sans serif text and a grainy film shot. This I think gives the
impression of prison and possibly crime because the letters look to me like
they could be the bars of a prison. The colours are dull and beige. The
connotation for this to me would be again an impression of confinement as
you mainly see these types of colours in old run down prisons again this is
from my cultural back ground so I would understand this link a bit better
because being born in England we are used to this sort of colour scheme to
associate with this because of our western culture.
The first filming shot is a slow zoom shot and there is a man with his shirt off. The
connotations could be that he is a powerful man because his muscles are showing as
he is without a shirt. The Man is standing alone. The connotations of this is that he
could be that he is an outcast or prefers not to have company, you also get the
feeling he could be the kind of person who is a nobody. The only lighting is coming
from a backlight which we presume is the sun as it is coming through the window
but it is also going through a rag and causing scattered light. The connotations of
the scattered light could be that this place is quite a dark place as that is what you
associate torn black objects with also that this man won’t have much money.
Here you have the title of the film. It is in the sans serif font and in the same beige yellow
colours. This title looks as though it could connotations prison criminal sort of feeling because of
the bar like text and the colours being dark and dirty it makes you think of bad people. There is a
block of light behind the character figure. The connotations of this are that it could be an
explosion from a gun which could then link to the slight blood splatter on the character’s
shoulder. The character is standing in a position holding guns in either hand. The connotations of
this is that this man is very dangerous and he is ready for a fight, also his stance shows that he
doesn’t sort of care what’s going to happen to him as he is going into a fight without protective
clothing. The Character figure is animated. Connotations of this is that the characters muscles are
more defined which gives the character a lot more power about himself. The sound is also that of
a film reel spinning round and this relates to the grainy effect of the animation.
The animated character in this shot goes into the real life character in a smooth
transition. The connotations of this are that you could say the comic strip has
ended and now we are into real danger. The man is wearing a suit and tie, the
connotations of this is that he is a suitably well off man but with the look on his
face he is a man in power. You find out this is the man who has been narrating the
story so far so obviously he is a man with a lot of useful knowledge. With the
music still going you know there will still be more info coming up. The dull
colours are changing from yellow brown to dark greys and dark browns.
The back lighting is very strong in this through the windows in contrast to the
man in the middles black suit and sunglasses. Connotations of this are that he is
an important man and the men in front could be body guards. The Sun glasses
and tie are different to the men in front it makes him stand out more.
Connotations of this could be that he wants to look good yet at the same time
conceal his identity from people as not to get to close and possibly link to the
stereotypical gang lord of a mob. The narrating in the background also tells us he
is a high up and important person within possibly the mafia or a mob of some
kind. Also with the Narrating you have the diegetic sound of the men walking.
A wide shot from the camera to get everything in .Not much back lighting but a lot
of side lighting, highlighting the run down building site on the building. There is a
man standing up on a higher floor with a folder. This could show that he could be a
business man or considering that it’s a building site , an estate agent. He is lit up by
he lighting and is high up, this could mean he could give someone something good
as you could refer the position to some sort of heavenly reference with the light
shining on him. The credits are in a blocky font, which goes well with the bricks.
They fit it into the building work this shows to the audience that they can still see
them but they are not in the way of what’s going on. The sound has gone from the
non-diegetic sound of the narrator to the diegetic sound of this man speaking in the
This camera shot wipes across different shots of London showing all of London.
This tells the audience t is going to be set here. The big buildings could give
connotation of some wealth possibly from some characters and that it is going to
be about property. By showing the vastness of London it makes the audience feel
quite small as they might think they will have to understand what’s going on
everywhere in London. Also with the narrating going on in the back ground they
might feel a little bit alienated as he is breaking the fourth wall by speaking to
them. All lighting is natural lighting by the looks of it to give the picture of typical
not so special London.
This scene you have to man talking with a businessman behind his desk. The
amount of paper on the desk could give connotation that he is a busy man and has
been doing lots of work. The book case behind him would suggest that he is a
well-educated man so it tells us as the audience he should be capable of what these
men want doing. The man might be well known for his success, as the two men
look rather relaxed as he talks. There is low key back lighting but quite a lot of side
lighting which shows the expression on his face more which is always giving the
audience information on how the meeting is going. The credits slide across the
bottom of the over the shoulder shot still being concealed that you can still watch
the businessmen but bright enough for you to notice it. This could show the
director wants a lot of the people who worked on the film to be recognized and
get their names known.
In this shot the two men are looking depressed and unhappy. This tells
us as the audience that maybe something went wrong in the building
planning and they are in a dilemma. The back lighting is very bright
and this emphasises the characters in the foreground that aren’t in
much light and blurs out the men in the background putting the main
focus on the two characters at the front. The sound is diegetic as it is
just the hustle and bustle of the place and the two characters talking.
They are slumped in their chairs which tell us as the audience that they
have given up and can’t really do much more.
Here you have an over the shoulder shot of the two characters talking with
the main important character Lenny. Lenny is in the centre of the shot and
this gives him the main focus. Because of this the audience can see his
expression more clearly and he obviously doesn’t look happy. Connotations
are that he is upset that the characters haven’t done something and he is
having to compromise. The lighting is made to seem very natural and the
grey clouds form the background of a stereotypical Britain. The two men in
the background are standing upright on looking. Connotations of this are
that they are his guards to make sure nothing goes wrong.
The final shot after the meeting. It is made to look as though it is natural lighting. The
shot is a medium close up with Lenny in the focus more. This could be because he has
a higher social rank than Archie sat next to him and that he is talking so the audience
focus on Lenny more. The expression on Archie’s face is that of concern, this tells the
audience that he wasn’t really happy with what happened. In contrast to Lenny’s face
which is stone cold of expression and emotion, this tells us that he doesn’t really care
and it’s just business. The sunglasses are a clever use as to conceal his identity as the
audience you don’t feel as though you quite know him unless you can see the characters
eyes. The interior of the car is leather and this again suggests the wealth of the
character Lenny. The fact that the intro is ended is brought about by the final credit of
the director over the big man Lenny, this shows importance and the introduction is