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Memento openingsequenceab

  1. 1. MementoMemento An analysis of the openingAn analysis of the opening sequencesequence By Anoushka
  2. 2. Introduction to the opening sequenceIntroduction to the opening sequence The opening sequence begins with the title sequence followed by the beginningThe opening sequence begins with the title sequence followed by the beginning of the narration of the storyof the narration of the story The titles include the names of the director Christopher Nolan and the mainThe titles include the names of the director Christopher Nolan and the main characters played by Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantolianocharacters played by Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano They appear in a blue font over a plain black backgroundThey appear in a blue font over a plain black background
  3. 3. The name of the film is then presented and soon overlaps a POV+CU shot of a photograph being held in a person’s hand The photograph consists of a dead person lying on the ground with blood spilt all over the walls This instantly introduces the conventional thriller concept of death/murder in our minds in addition to other themes such as mystery, violence and goriness The fact that is it a POV and CU shot makes the audience draw attention to the photograph
  4. 4. We understand that the photograph is taken from a Polaroid camera since the actor continuously flicks it in order for for the photograph to develop. Also, the Polaroid camera is later on used by the actor, which makes it more clear What raises questions in the audiences minds is the fact that the colour of the photograph fades every time the actor flicks it instead of it becoming more vivid. This adds the ‘mystery’ element to the thriller.
  5. 5. This idea is taken forward when the photograph goes back into theThis idea is taken forward when the photograph goes back into the camera, the blood on the walls travels upwards, etc. This makes uscamera, the blood on the walls travels upwards, etc. This makes us understand that the motion of this clip is reversed.understand that the motion of this clip is reversed. This establishes the psychological aspect of this film, thus classifying it as a psychological thriller in terms of genre.
  6. 6. Distressed/anxious expression which is conventional in a thriller Blood/Injury adds to the violence/goriness of the sequence
  7. 7. These shots establish the killingThese shots establish the killing These frames build up on thriller conventions that we as an audience can identify Bullet Blood stains on wall Dead person Killer with a gun
  8. 8. SoundSound The background score in this sequence is composed of a slowThe background score in this sequence is composed of a slow rhythmic tune that gradually fades into a very soft and ratherrhythmic tune that gradually fades into a very soft and rather creepy score which builds the tension in the scenecreepy score which builds the tension in the scene The sound effects in this sequence are very significant: theThe sound effects in this sequence are very significant: the camera clicking the photograph, the bullet rolling, etc.camera clicking the photograph, the bullet rolling, etc. These sounds become louder towards the end and result in aThese sounds become louder towards the end and result in a blaring gunshot and scream which shakes the audience. Thisblaring gunshot and scream which shakes the audience. This adds to the ‘thrill’ effect.adds to the ‘thrill’ effect.
  9. 9. ConclusionConclusion In general, Memento very successfully introduces the keyIn general, Memento very successfully introduces the key themes involved in a conventional thriller such death, blood,themes involved in a conventional thriller such death, blood, mystery and anxiety.mystery and anxiety. In addition to that, the reversed motion concept plays withIn addition to that, the reversed motion concept plays with the audiences’ minds thus giving them a bit more than athe audiences’ minds thus giving them a bit more than a regular thriller.regular thriller.
  10. 10. ConclusionConclusion In general, Memento very successfully introduces the keyIn general, Memento very successfully introduces the key themes involved in a conventional thriller such death, blood,themes involved in a conventional thriller such death, blood, mystery and anxiety.mystery and anxiety. In addition to that, the reversed motion concept plays withIn addition to that, the reversed motion concept plays with the audiences’ minds thus giving them a bit more than athe audiences’ minds thus giving them a bit more than a regular thriller.regular thriller.

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