The colour palletwithin the shot isthat of a sepia tone,giving it a warm yetdrab effect, Shot 1indicating to theaudience from thestart that this is athriller. The extreme close up shot, gives a The way in which the font sense of mystery and creates an enigma appears to be shaking, gives the to the audience as they are left to illusion of instability, something wonder what the importance of the that is old and broken, leaving book is and why it is being used. the audience unsure of the events that lie ahead.
The lighting within thisshot highlights thesinister and grotesquehands portrayed on the Shot 2screen. Once again, there is the use The hands suggest the of the shaky font, with the gruesome nature of the inevitable sense that film, the audience then something within the film is get an idea on how unsure. In this case, the dreadful the events are knowing of who is the cold that lie ahead. blooded murderer.
There is a ghost like The number ‘7’ replacing theshadow within the letter ‘V’ not only representsbackground of the shot, the title of the film ‘Seven’,indicate theconnotations of ghosts Shot 3 but also the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ in which is the mainin which relate to the driving force behind the filmmurders in the film. This as this is how the murderergiving the opening an kills each of his victimseerie sense of mystery. according to each deadly sin. The title of the film is bold and large, however changes shape to keep the audience engaged.
Within this shot, the The audienceaudience is left to instinctively will thinkwonder who it iscrossing out the Shot 4 about what the implications of thiswords from what particular newspaperappears to be a article will be and whatnewspaper cut out, relevance this will haveand why it is they as the film progresses.are crossing outthese particularwords. They are leftto consider whatsignificance this willhave within thefilm. The dark, sinister theme continues throughout this shot, as once again there is an obvious sense of mystery, due to the dark shadow on part of the shot.
The lighting The hand holding thewithin the shot mysterious picture is clearlyhighlights whatcould be a crucial Shot 5 the forefront opart to the film.The audience isleft to once againfeel a sense ofmystery withinthis shot. The close up shot once again creates an enigma to the audience as it is yet unknown to them what these pictures are and why they are being cut up.
The sepia tone is continued throughout the opening, continuing the dull effect that Shot 6 indicates to the audience that it is a thriller.Once again, there is a ghost like Within this shot there is what appears to be ashadow as the character male hand writing down something in whichprogresses to write. This is seen the audience is left to wonder it is that is beingthroughout the opening, indicating written down and who it is who is writing it.the connotations of a ghost, Could it be the protagonist itself or anfollowing the sense of mystery in investigator?which is seen throughout.
The lighting in this shot is particularly important as this is what gives the focus on the mysterious hand, Shot 7 highlighting it to the audience. This shot is also the brightest shot, which is evidently unconventional of the opening as the sinister hand is what conveys the mystery in this shot rather than the color pallet or lighting.The shadow seen behind the page is the clearfocus of this particular shot, giving the audiencea sense of the unknown as to whose hand thismay be and what it is they may be writing andmost importantly, what significance this willhave as the thriller progresses.
The lighting could have beenused in such a way to conveythe dark mysteriousness of thisparticular shot and the thrilleroverall. Shot 8 The lighting in this shot is particularly interesting as the entire shot is black apart from the spotlight in which indicates a mysterious face being crossed out with a marker pen.
The audience are left to wonderwhat this piece of writing signifiesand what the word itself meansand what this has to do with the Shot 9thriller itself. The hand-writing is noticeably messy therefore this could indicate the anxiety This particular shot only appears briefly and worry behind the person who wrote within the opening, suggesting the mystery it, leaving us to suspect the protagonist and secrecy behind this hand-written shot. himself.