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AA14

  1. 1. Aims <ul><li>To have a clear knowledge and understanding of film opening sequences </li></ul><ul><li>To confidently construct a film opening sequence </li></ul><ul><li>SEAL/PLTS: To be independent learners </li></ul>
  2. 2. Opening Sequences <ul><li>List 10 things that we usually see in the opening of a film. </li></ul><ul><li>What is their purpose/effect? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they there? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Opening Sequences <ul><li>Roland Barthes – Enigma Codes </li></ul><ul><li>Syd Field – Paradigm – Opening Image </li></ul><ul><li>The Set-Up </li></ul><ul><li>Extension: What else do opening sequences need to do/include? </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do opening sequences work <ul><li>They start with a hook, enigma, mystery or question </li></ul><ul><li>They set the tone of the film </li></ul><ul><li>They set up the film’s visual/aural style </li></ul><ul><li>They include genre expectations </li></ul><ul><li>They provide something distinctive and new </li></ul><ul><li>They set up the narrative and introduce characters </li></ul><ul><li>They may subvert conventions deliberately by starting with disruption, going back/forward in time and so on </li></ul>
  5. 5. The purpose of the film’s opening is: <ul><li>To captivate and stimulate the audience </li></ul><ul><li>To intrigue them so they care about what is going to happen next </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage them to predict/ guess ahead </li></ul><ul><li>To provide something familiar </li></ul><ul><li>To provide something new and different </li></ul><ul><li>The opening may deliberately shock or disrupt the audience in some way and may not conform to their expectations </li></ul>
  6. 6. Opening Sequences <ul><li>Watch the following opening sequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Which conventions do you feel are the most important within the sequence and why? </li></ul><ul><li>List up to five – 1 being the most important, 5 being the least important. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your Opening Sequence <ul><li>List 10 conventions/ingredients that you are going to include in your film’s opening sequence. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that you can be as conventional, or experimental and unique as you want. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Homework <ul><li>Fill out the shot list for your opening sequence. </li></ul><ul><li>Opening sequence – first 3–5 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Include technical detail such as camera angle and shot type, as well as a description of the shot and details of any sound. </li></ul><ul><li>You should aim to include at least 30 shots. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reviewing the Aims <ul><li>To have a clear knowledge and understanding of film opening sequences </li></ul><ul><li>To confidently construct a film opening sequence </li></ul><ul><li>SEAL/PLTS: To be an independent learner </li></ul>

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