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  • 1. Aims
    • To have a clear knowledge and understanding of film opening sequences
    • To confidently construct a film opening sequence
    • SEAL/PLTS: To be independent learners
  • 2. Opening Sequences
    • List 10 things that we usually see in the opening of a film.
    • What is their purpose/effect?
    • Why are they there?
  • 3. Opening Sequences
    • Roland Barthes – Enigma Codes
    • Syd Field – Paradigm – Opening Image
    • The Set-Up
    • Extension: What else do opening sequences need to do/include?
  • 4. How do opening sequences work
    • They start with a hook, enigma, mystery or question
    • They set the tone of the film
    • They set up the film’s visual/aural style
    • They include genre expectations
    • They provide something distinctive and new
    • They set up the narrative and introduce characters
    • They may subvert conventions deliberately by starting with disruption, going back/forward in time and so on
  • 5. The purpose of the film’s opening is:
    • To captivate and stimulate the audience
    • To intrigue them so they care about what is going to happen next
    • To encourage them to predict/ guess ahead
    • To provide something familiar
    • To provide something new and different
    • The opening may deliberately shock or disrupt the audience in some way and may not conform to their expectations
  • 6. Opening Sequences
    • Watch the following opening sequences.
    • Which conventions do you feel are the most important within the sequence and why?
    • List up to five – 1 being the most important, 5 being the least important.
  • 7. Your Opening Sequence
    • List 10 conventions/ingredients that you are going to include in your film’s opening sequence.
    • Remember that you can be as conventional, or experimental and unique as you want.
  • 8. Homework
    • Fill out the shot list for your opening sequence.
    • Opening sequence – first 3–5 minutes.
    • Include technical detail such as camera angle and shot type, as well as a description of the shot and details of any sound.
    • You should aim to include at least 30 shots.
  • 9. Reviewing the Aims
    • To have a clear knowledge and understanding of film opening sequences
    • To confidently construct a film opening sequence
    • SEAL/PLTS: To be an independent learner

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