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Introduction analysis

  1. 1. American Sniper Introduction Analysis
  2. 2. American Sniper Film Genre: Action Directed by Clint Eastwood The film beginning began with an establishing shot of a tank with the war-infested landscape in the background. This introduces to the viewer to where they are, and for what purpose they are there. There are many shots of soldiers working alongside the tanks, moving from house to house, clearing the inside of any terrorist or civilians. There is no music in this beginning section, only the ambient sounds of tanks and mechanical warfare. This is to show that it is a serious environment and the viewers’ attention needs to be on the movement and dialogue. The first shot we see of the ‘American Sniper’, Chris Kyle is of his rifle, which then pans to the actual person. This could infer that he is not seen as a person but for his talents with a sniper, how many people he can terminate with it. The first dialogue in the film is off Chris Kyle and a marine talking about the negatives of the country they are in which is followed by some banter between the two, trying to make light of a negative situation. After this, there is a sighting of a “military aged male” who is on a cell phone on the rooftops. There is a shot through the sight of the Sniper rifle with his cross hair on the body of the man whilst he is trying to distinguish whether he is a threat or not, this is important as it suggests the men are under constant threat from locals and need to take precautions to whether or not he is a terrorist. This is emphasised by the dialogue from the marine “ maybe he’s calling his wife”, which shows how paranoid the men are forced to be when dealing with civilians as they constantly keep them in the sights of their rifles. The transition between taking a shot at the young boy with the bomb, and the deer in the forest is really good as it transitions between a really intense scenario and a more relaxed one. This hunting scene gives reason to Chris Kyle’s upbringing and his father’s tuff parenting attitude. Editing The shots used in the introduction are quite long lasting and then the transitions are very quick between them. This is good as it symbolises the theme of war as it suggests it is long and slow but it is very quick finish with death. I would like to use the lack of music in my film, and the ambient sounds as it makes the viewer seem like they are here too, creating a connection with the main character
  3. 3. Fast & Furious 7 Introduction Analysis
  4. 4. Fast & Furious 7 Film Genre: Action Directed by James Wan The introduction begins with Jason Statham by the side of his brother’s hospital bed, talking to his injured and unresponsive brother about their childhood together and how he knew that he would end up like this. This is done with intense background music. The music is there as it shows that their childhood was not one of a normal child but it was dark and dangerous. The gun is an example of their dangerous attitude and when it is handed to his brother, you could infer from this that someone is trying to kill him and he needs to protect himself even when he is in hospital. As he is leaving, he threatens the nurses who are looking after his brother without even looking at them in the face, this shows how he thinks he is better than everyone (as he doesn’t believe he should have to look at people as he speaks to them), which is constant in the rest of the film and is the reason for his downfall in the ending. The juxtaposition in the music between the sad hospital bed scene and the rest of the intro exaggerates the destruction he can achieve which is a main aspect of the entire film. The destruction is exaggerated for only one man to achieve; this shows the audience that this man is not the normal criminal but a well-trained and very dangerous person. In the elevator, Jason Statham’s character starts to clean his glasses wearing a clean, smart suit and this costume contrasts the surroundings showing how skilled he is to not even get a mark on his suit. At the end of the intro, his killer-like character is shown as he attaches a live grenade to a SWAT member and doesn’t react at all when it blows up, this is the classic “Cool guys don’t look at explosions” characteristic. As if it wasn’t already noticeable to where he is and how much destruction he brought, at the end the camera pans into an establishing shot of a hospital completely destroyed, on fire and debris falling. Camera Work This entire introduction is one shot which reinforces the sense of anarchy in the hospital and that these events occur on a daily basis in sequence in Jason Statham’s characters life. It could also infer that his life will be prolonged and he will be hard to kill during the rest of the film. The camera is nearly always moving, which gives the impression that the character will also be always on the move and will be an extremely hard person to catch or to find.
  5. 5. Mad Max: Fury Road Introduction Analysis
  6. 6. Mad Max: Fury Road Film Genre: Action Directed by George Miller The beginning of Mad Max starts with a blank, black screen with the main actor narrating over it, describing his life as what it used to be. Th e blank screen is done to keep the audience focussed on what he is saying and not distracting them with any visual effects. When the landscape is eventually shown, it is a desert, empty and deadly. At the same time it also explains to the viewer’s why the world is like this, as there is a news report on how important the ‘Gusaline’is and that people are killing to get it. We don’t see the mains characters face until later on in the opening scenes, as we are introduced to the back of his head. This gives the persona of a very secretive character and one who doesn’t want to give any personal information away as it might be used against him. From this quiet and still scene, it takes a sudden turn as he then enters his car extremely quickly and drives of with some speed. The camera shots in this scene are very fast and are quickly transitioned between them to keep up the intensity it started at. The change in scenes creates a contrasting effect that emphasise the atmosphere that the characters live in now. From a tranquil environment to a sudden chase scene in a split seconds notice. When ‘Max’ gets caught by the ‘War boys’, they are more interested in the ‘Gusaline’ in the car than the actual rider, showing how deformed the lifestyle is at this time. There is a shot of the place that all the ‘War boys’ live and then the squad of the chasers who caught Mad Max drive into shot which shows they are going home, with Mad Max being dragged behind. All of this gives vital information on what the film will be about and reasons for their actions. The War boys are all painted white with black eye sockets to de-humanise them and portray them as a ‘thing’, painted as skeletons. In capture, Mad Max begins the de-humanising stage too, by cutting his hair, tattooing his body as a ‘Universal Donor’ and Branding him with a hot iron. The tattoos on his back are informational, stating his blood type and other important factors; this is because he has become a donor for the war boys, so they can transfuse blood loss and regenerate their health. The scene is done in a black dark room but with a light source from the fire on his face. The fire that is used for the light source as well as the furnace to heat the branding iron shows the situation he is in is deadly and will bring a lot of pain and suffering. This introduction ends with another failed attempt at escaping due to his visions of the deceased victims he failed to save, further emphasising his ‘Madness’. The shots were again very fast, quick and followed the action vigorously which worked really well along with the subtle intense music in the background. Camera Work: This opening scene consisted of many shots at a very fast pace. This was done to emphasise the speed of the actions occurring and to make sure the viewer does not get bored with the many chase scenes. I would like to use this fast paced type of shots in my Opening scene as well as using the camera shot from the characters back when introducing to give him a secretive persona.
  7. 7. Avengers: Age of Ultron Introduction Analysis
  8. 8. Avengers: Age of Ultron Film Genre: Action Directed by Josh Whedon The Introduction to this film begins with the ‘Avengers’ taking on a small army of soldiers defending a strong hold. The introduction is one long camera shot without any transitions but lots of panning, this gives the impression that the ‘Avengers’ are used to this action and that it happens on a daily basis in a particular order. It also shows how the team work effectively together as their actions flow seamlessly with each other, working as a great team. The laser FX from the guns shows how advanced the enemies have become and is more of a challenge to the team than previous films. This gives vital information about the work ethic of the ‘Avengers’ and the disorganised enemy they are facing. Obviously the CGI in this opening scene is far beyond anything that can be achieved in my film introduction, but the shots and actions they use can be re- enacted by actors. The one camera shot used to film this introduction scene moves from one person to another, following the action, which keeps the audience on the edge of their seat constantly. The fast paced action comes to a slow motion shot (still without transitions) when the entire team jump over a barricade together. This emphasises the team’s efficiency as they are in sync with each other. The longshot comes to a finish when Iron Man flies into a force field and the camera goes to a new shot inside Iron Mans suit where the first lines of the film are said. After the long lasting shot finishes, the director used a more average approach cutting shots after dialogue etc. This is good as it gives a break from all the action so the viewers can understand more of what is happening. Jarvis, an AI created by Iron man is watching the entire action packed scene from above as a satellite helping the team to defeat the enemy and the overlay used in the scanning of the force field shows how advanced there technology is. This is good and I would like to include some of this more futuristic editing in my final piece. The final shot is of the ‘Hydra’ base with text in the bottom right “Hydra Research Base, Sokivia, Eastern Europe”. This editing gives an insight into what is happening in the base and where exactly they are, giving the action some content which is also a good editing aspect I would like to include.