Inspiration from real film openingsequencesSe7enMontage styleopening sequence.Enigmas arepresented to theaudience, as to whothis character is.Cast names flickering on a blackscreen, emphasises the sinisteratmosphere of the sequence.
Inspiration from real film opening sequencesZombielandStarts with aclose up of anAmerican flagand a narratorsvoice can beheard.Cinema Verite –handheldcamera style anddirect addresstowards thecamera.
Enigmas created – theaudience wants to know thecountry got into the state ofbeing known as ‘Zombieland’.ZombielandThe titles are interactive withthe images of the openingsequence. For example, theletters in the names areaffected by the movement ofthe characters.
Inspiration from real film opening sequencesTo Kill A Mocking BirdClose up shot ofa box – theaudience doesnot yet knowwhat thecontents are.http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/to-kill-a-mockingbird/
The title of the film isdisplayed as part of thediegesis of the film. Thechild prints in the wordsonto the paper.Montage style openingsequence, with names and creditsdisplayed over the images.Each shot fades into thenext.Creates an enigma because theaudience doesn’t know whatthe film is about, and thechildlike imagery of crayonsand the lullaby-like music inthe background contrasts withthe harsh title of ‘To Kill AMocking Bird’.
Real film opening sequence ‘Psycho’My inspiration from this film opening sequence is the use of the tense music. Theviolins made the opening sequence give a sense of anticipation.The use of the dark background gave off a gothic mood.The style of thecredits/fonts comeacross the screen andfix the letter together.
Real film opening sequence ‘Se7en’This films opening sequence was inspirational because it used the conventionfrom a thriller and that is montage editing.The style of the credits/ fonts areflickering on and off of the screen.The style of theopening sequence isenigmatic. It makes theaudience curious as towhat the character isdoing throughout thesequence.
Inspiration from real film openingsequencesSucker Punch : My thoughts on the opening scene.. I liked it because it was very dark and sinister. It introduces the main character and creates enigmas likewhat happens to the girl after she is taken away? I liked how the sound combined with the video created anintense atmosphere and the volume control was used reallywell.
Inspiration from real filmsStory/plot/theme:- Online social interaction- Control over another character- Emotional manipulationHard Candy
Inspiration from real filmsStory/plot/theme:- Obsessiveness- Captivity- Stalking of a personMisery
Inspiration from real filmsStory/plot/theme:- The making of a social network- Life changing invention- Online interactionThe Social Network
Inspiration from real filmsCharacters: Hayley Stark (Ellen Paige).With the consideration of the age ofthe character, her representationconnotes her vulnerability.This stereotype is challenged becauseshe soon appears to be the moredominant role in the end.The colour used inthis scene was verysterile
Inspiration from real films Phone Booth:This film is very intense and suspenseful as the villain is unknown. In the film the manhas to stay on the phone with the villain, or the villain will kill his loved one however,ultimately the man knows he will die. When a stranger calls:This is a thriller film which also has a villain who’s identity is unknown and this relatesto our opening sequence. In this film a teenaged girl goes over to babysit at somepeoples house and while there she starts getting calls from an unknown number.There turns out to be a masked man in the house, and the girl has to save herselfAnd the children she is babysitting.
Genre and conventionsConvention Explanation Example from real film1. Perception of reality The main character is unaware or hasno sense of true events that occur inthe reality outside their mind.Shutter Island2. Death of a loved one The death of a loved one causes orspurs the main character to go throughseveral actions or events, such as theneed for revenge.Memento3. Mystery/enigmas The opening sequence shows anunknown person going through variousunconventional actions, eg. Cutting theskin off their fingers.Se7en4. Mental danger – to do with the mind The main character has hallucinationsor sees things that happened,differently causing them to think certainthings have happened, when in factthey have not.Black Swan5. Identity The main character is seen to havemultiple personalities, struggling tomake sense of their true identity. Thismakes it unclear to the audience,presenting enigmas such as what theirtrue personality is.IdentityPsychological Thriller
Genre and Conventions• Genre: Psychological thrillerConvention Explanation Evidence from real filmTension music The music makes the openingsequence seem eerie andsuspensefulPsycho(the violins gets higher pitched andgives a sense of anticipation.Flashbacks Flashbacks are used to show athought or memory. Commonlyshown in black and whitelightingMomento(Momento is not filmed inchronological order –Montage editing Connotes the juxtaposition ofseemingly unconnected imagesin order to create meaning.Se7en
Genre and conventionsConvention Explanation Example from real film1. Incorporates elements ofmystery and dramaMystery to keep the filmsuspenseful and drama toconnect with thecharacters emotionsSeven2. Deep focus on thecharacters state of mindto be able to understandthe characterPhone booth3. The film is usuallynarrated.Usually first personnarration to get an idea ofwhat is going through thecharacters mind.Momento4. The music used withinthe film is usually highpitched and eerieTo set the atmosphere of atypical thriller film.A woman in black
Research on topic/themesDangers include:- Fraud- Identity theft- Stolen information- Exposure of personal information (twitter, Facebook etc.)The dangers of social media
Research on topic/themesOnline relationshipsMany people in onlinerelationships (romantic andplatonic) lie about their realidentity.These people areknown as ‘Catfish’ –the term used todescribe someonewho creates fakeprofiles using otherpeoples informationand/or picturesThe TV show ‘Catfish’ which sets outto discover if people in onlinerelationships are genuine or not. Source: wikipedia.org
Research on topic/themesOnline communitiesMore and more peoplenow have access t theinternet, which meansonline communities cangrow quicker than in thepast.Some online canbe beneficial topeople, becoming a place ofsupport andfriendship.However, some onlinecommunities can be quiteharming to people - mostlymentally. E.g.. Onlinecommunities for people witheating disorders looking for‘thinsporation’ and ‘support’from other who share thesame disorders.Source: wikipedia.org
Research on topic/themesCyber stalkingSource: wikipedia.org
Research on topic/themesReality/ Real life situations: Our Opening sequence is based around socialnetworking and the ‘bad side’ to it. An example of this in a film is the film ‘Hard Candy’. The reality within these films makes themall the more scary, as it means that the thingsin the film can happen to people in real life.
Research on topic/themesIdentity: Our opening sequence also includes the theme of unknownidentity. An example of this is in the films Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacreand Friday the 13th. This theme is used regularly in thriller films as it creates a lot ofsuspense as the audience doesn’t know who the villain is andcreates an enigma
Research on topic/themesMind: Our opening sequence is based on the psychological thrillergenre and will include a character who is fixated on anothercharacter. The mind plays an important role in psychological thrillers as itis mainly about the villain being mentally unstable and thisleads them to become villains and be evil. Some examples of these characters are, Jigsaw(Saw), Scarecrow (Batman), Anton Chigurh (No Country forOld Men)
Research on topic/themesDeath:Characters either fear or are fascinated bydeath.This can also link to the theme of the mind asbeing fascinated by death links to the idea of apsychopathic villain.Some examples of these characters areJigsaw(Saw)
LocationsFirst Location (FLASHBACK):On a bus going towards/ past an area with business buildings.Second Location (FLASHBACK):A busy café, probably in a shopping area like Whiteleys. The character would be sitting in the areaoutside the café.
LocationsThird Location (FLASHBACK):Outside an office building – the character will be coming out of the building in work clothes.Forth Location (FLASHBACK):On a busy normal street where the characters will be crossing the street on opposite sides.
Inspirational charactersCatwoman- She is strong andindependent.- Her identity is anenigma- She goes against thestereotype that womenare weak- She emphasises thatwomen can be just astrong as men
Inspirational charactersLisbeth Salander (The girl with the dragon tattoo)Lisbeth is an inspirational character because: She overcomes her fears She is a strong character She saves the second main character from theVillain
Inspirational CharactersSarah Connor ( terminator 2: Judgement day)Sarah is an inspirational character because: She is a strong character She tries to help protect others She is selfless She fights against evil
ActorsThe people acting in our opening sequence will be Rosie and Laura. They areavailable often and good for the role because.......Strengths WeaknessesHard working and reliable. May fall behind in workStrengths WeaknessesHard working and sensible Find it difficult to meet deadlines
ActorsActor of the stalker?I wanted the stalker to be played by a girl because a commonstalker is a guy.I planned on using the same plot of the characters like hardcandy (girl is the psycho in the end).Strengths:Good actressCapable of hiding identity
ActorsActor playing Danny Archer:We wanted to challenge the stereotype of avulnerable girl.We wanted the victim to be a brunette instead of ablonde character.
Costume and props• Costume of stalkerI wanted the stalker to wear all black clothing to give a senseof mystery. This connotes that I am reinforcing a stereotype.
Costume and propsCostume of victim:The costume I want the victim to wear would be something basiclike a plain white t-shirt and denim jeans with white converses.
Titles and creditsThe fall: The tile appears withinthe smoke in the movie.It the disappears as it is fannedaway by the character, along withthe smoke.Paranorman: The title of the filmstays within the genre of spooky, yetmild comic horror and gore.The creepy hand andthe ‘N’s being biggerthan the other lettersemphasises this.
Titles and creditsTwin Peaks: Very basic, butallows the audience to at leastunderstand that the title is alsothe name of the setting of thefilm.Red Lights: also simple, yetaffective teamed with thesinister music.The title on a black background createsemphasis on the flickers of red light thatmomentarily surround the title.The name of the main character isalso the name of the film.The presentation of the title fits in withthe high school theme of the film, byshowing the audience the title on astudent ID card.
Music/sounds‘Disembark’ – under category of dark/brooding –freeplaymusic.com- Creates mysterious and enigmatic atmosphere- You don’t know where the music is going at first, leadsthe audience to question what I going to happen next‘City Cranes/ - under category of ‘eerie/ethereal’ –freeplaymusic.com- Sounds very eerie- Not knowing what to expect- Creates a chill in the atmosphere
Mainstream or independent• Mainstream films are big budget films whereas independent films have asmaller budget.• Our film would be a mainstream film as it is not a hard hitting film whichconsiders issues within society, it would be a film which appeals to a wideraudience and so would need to have a bigger budget to be able todistribute to many places.Some examples of mainstream films are:AvatarTitanicThe Girl with the Dragon TattooSome examples of independent films are:A separationTrain spotting
Target audienceOur target audience would be a mass audienceas it would be a mainstream film we would itexpect it to attract many viewers.Also, our chosen genre (psychological thriller)usually attracts a large audience.
BBFC and film rating• To understand what BBFC and film ratings were we researched it and found the official site.• We found the different types of ratings which are U, PG, 12A, 12, 15, 18 and R18.
BBFC ratingOur opening sequence is rated 15.Here are the different types ofratings:
Production Company #1• Hammer Film ProductionI chose this as one of my possible productioncompanies to produce my film because this type ofcompany specialising in producing psychologicalthrillers.
Production company #2• Lions Gate EntertainmentI chose this as one of my possible productioncompanies to produce my film because this particularcompany produced one of my inspirational films ‘HardCandy’.
Production companiesBefore choosing our production company we researched our genre to see whichproduction companies were most commonly used.BLACK SWAN: Black Swan is a thriller mystery film which used the Fox SearchlightPictures as their production company and also as it is aconglomerate they used it for their distribution company.
Production CompaniesSE7EN:Se7en is a crime/mystery/thriller film which only has twoproduction companies which are Cecchi Gori Pictures andNew Line Cinema.
Production CompaniesMEMENTO:Memento is a mystery thriller film that had four productioncompanies and only the Newmarket company was used as adistributor out of the four.
Production Companies• After doing some research we decided that the would have two productioncompanies which would be Cross Creek Pictures and New Line Cinema.• We decided to use these production companies as they are very successful andwell known.Click here to watch the New Line Cinema logoClick here to watch the Cross Creek Pictures logo
Distribution companies• As New Line Cinema is part of the Warner bros. Corporation it alsodistributes its own films.• For example, New Line Cinema was both the producers and distributers ofSe7en.• So for our distribution company we decided to use New Line Cinema as itwould mean we would pay less.• Another distribution company we could use would be Paramount Pictures,which produced and distributed the film ‘Shutter Island’ starring LeonardoDiCaprio.• This would be a good distributer as it is well known and has a goodreputation.
New Line CinemaNew Line Film Productions Inc., often called New Line Cinema, isan American movie studio. It was founded in 1967 by RobertShaye and Michael Lynne. It became a subsidiary of Time Warnerin 1996. It was merged into the bigger studio Warner Bros. in2008.New Line has produced films such as:- The Golden Compass- Nightmare On Elm Street- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy- Final Destination