Transcript of "Analysing the opening sequence of a film"
By Tia-Reisa Apaloo-Clarke
• Run is an action short film based on assault. A woman's daily
run in the park gets disrupted when an unexpected event
leaves her running for her life.
• The beginning of the short film uses text to explain the main
inspiration for the film and how its based on assault.
Mise – En – Scene
• Location/Setting: The director has set this film in the
present(2012) in a park this makes it more realistic as all age
groups can relate to this setting. This is a location where every
day people go to a numerous amount of things such as
exercising, which fits in well as the main character is seen
running. In the opening scene the main character is seen as
young and innocent, she is unaware of what is about to
happen and is happily running.
Mise – En – Scene
Make-Up/Clothing: There are two main characters shown within
this short film. The woman running and the male capturer.
Woman: She is seen wearing
• Man: He is seen wearing
casual gym clothes such as
trousers and an army print
leggings, trainers and a hoody.
jacket with his hoody up
This adds to the verisimilitude as
covering his face. His clothes
she is wearing everyday casual
are dark and convey mystery
clothes that a runner would
and danger. His clothing tell
wear. The pink conveys her
the audience his menace and
youthfulness and innocent and
will pose a threat to the
highlights to the audience that
something may be about to
happen and the status quo will
soon be disrupted.
Mise – En – Scene
• Lighting: At the start of the film the lighting is bright and
vibrant. It also looks like a good day as the sun is shining , this
shows a happy atmosphere and a normal, everyday mood.
• But, the film changes and the becomes dimmer, this then
shows a true reflection of the film and how the film is about to
be situated. The darker lighting creates a mysterious and
worried atmosphere. Leaving the audience unsure of what's
going to happen next.
The shots used in the opening sequence
are a variety but are mainly wide shots
and close ups. Wide shots are used to
show the woman is being
watched, location and what she’s
close ups and medium close ups are
used to show the audience her facial
expressions and emotions while running
and highlight how scared and frighten
A high angle looks down on the woman
and highlights how vulnerable and
powerless she is.
A point of view shot is used to show the
audience what the women is seeing
while she runs, its shaky as she's running
Editing & Sound
The use of slow paced editing highlights to viewers how
vulnerable the woman is running. An eye line match showing the
protagonist’s headphones shows how close the man is to the
victim and how eager he is to find her.
Fast paced editing was also used with a variety of camera
movements and angles to make the scene more captivating for
The non-diegetic score music used consisted of instruments such
as drums which grew louder as the credits and titles of the film
appeared. Non-diegetic screams can be heard which set the
scene and alert the audience that the protagonist is in trouble.
The diegetic scream the protagonist shrieks out while swinging the
hammer and the use of blood on her face connotes to the
audience that protagonist may have killed the stalker. This is then
followed by non-diegetic score music which is melancholy and
saddening, the beat then kicks in and it connotes a sense of
hope that she may be free from her stalker.
• Many enigmas are placed within the film, when the women is
caught why does the man walk after her instead of run? Why
is there a focus on the women’s headphones? And why does
the women never scream for help once the tape on her
mouth is ripped off?
• The man looks like his walking instead of running because his
bought the girl to a secluded forest. He knows that its likely she
wont escape and find help. He may also be walking as it adds
a sense of suspense of whether his going to catch the girl or
• The focus on the headphones may be because the women
ran ahead it helps the man to see what direction she's run
in, so he can follow and find her.
• The woman may also not scream for help as it makes the film
During the opening sequence the audience can relate as the
park is a realistic location, this also hints the status quo will soon
be disrupted as the audience are unaware of what's about to
happen to the women. The man is a believable ‘Villain’ as his
dressed in dark clothing and his face is covered which makes him
look frightening. The film has many stereotypical thriller
convections such as the audience finding out information at the
same time as the woman does, this helps viewers engage
emotionally. In addition to this, the ‘Villain’ takes the victim to a
secluded place to be tortured or killed. In this case the man takes
the women to a forest. The women is conveyed as brave and
daring when she gets a chance she pushes the man and gets the
hammer, you then see blood on her face which may make the
audience think she's killed him unfortunately later on we figure out
this is not the case. At the end of the film after a black screen a
new girl is seen running in the exact same place along the same
path and a wide shots shows she's being watched, this conveys
to the audience this woman is about to go through the same
torment and danger as the last woman.
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