Evaluation 1 - In what ways does your opening sequence use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real opening sequences?
Luke Chillingsworth (8017)
An establishing shot is key to the opening
sequence to give the viewers an idea into
where the movie will be set. This is shown
from the panning shot which sets the scene
as the house for the Opening Sequence and
throughout the movie.
It is important in the Opening Sequence to show
the characters which will feature throughout the
movie. I have introduced them to the protagonist,
Jordan, and antagonists Sam and Luke during the
opening which is a key characteristic of Opening
Sequences in general. I have focused predominately
on Jordan and Sam which signifies their importance
in the sequence and in the movie.
We have challenged the conventions of the
genre by making our protagonist, Jordan of
black ethnicity. Other films which we have
seen in the past have stereotyped the black
ethnicity as a negative thing and made them
the antagonist. This is therefore one way in
which we have challenged the genre we are
representing and the film industry overall.
After watching the Opening to Welcome to the
Punch and sections from Taken. We decided to
include a dramatic Opening to really put viewers on
the edge. We also really enjoyed the style of
Memento, even though it is from a different genre
we really enjoyed the style of the reverse narrative.
We therefore decided to include a glimpse to this
with our Opening being based several years in the
future to the rest of the movie.
Welcome to the Punch
We decided to make an Action –Thriller movie
very similar to films such as Taken. We
believed this would be an exciting genre to
reproduce. We represented many aspects of
this genre in our Opening. The use of guns
and balaclavas as guns are key in this genre
and we have matched it in our Opening. The
use of a chase scene is also representative to
In order to create our own Visual Style to our
film we have decided to use balaclavas and
guns. The dark lighting effect helps create a
very realistic effect as it portrays the
darkened thoughts of the criminals we have
portrayed. These effects would all be used
again through later productions from the
studio in order to create this visual style as a
Throughout the Opening Sequence we are put
on the protagonists side. We are made to feel
sorry for the woman and Jordan who have
been vandalised throughout this sequence.
We are placed on the protagonists side and
this will be shown throughout the rest of the
movie when we follow what has led up to this
We will see it from the protagonist
view later in the movie.