A Tale Of Two Sisters.AKA the film that is so great at buildingtension and suspense that the slightestthing makes you want to die and makes you forget that there was ever a time when you weren’t terrified.
The Opening.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SDsl8YwDgM
The Wallpaper.• The majority of the credits are set on a wallpaper background. This wallpaper is old-fashioned and traditional, which links in with the character of the father in the film. This wallpaper also gives you a glimpse of the home that the film is set in.• The wallpaper always reminds me of a person (with the white things being eyes), which gives the impression that the story (there appear to be two of them, such as the two sister) is part of the house’s history and is a tale passed down generations. That might just be me seeing things that aren’t really there though. But it is based on a traditional Japanese folktale.• The white flowers floating away can be seen to represent innocence floating away, but also establish the illusion vs reality tone the film presents later on.
The Credits.• The credits are very small, and in white writing against (mostly) the wallpaper background. They float in and out quite delicately, most likely to make them stand out, as other wise they would just blend in with the wallpaper.• The only credit that is not in white is the title of the film. “A Tale Of Two Sisters” is in red, which represents the violence and danger in the film. This establishes the tone of the rest of the film.
Camera Angles.• There are very few changes in shot in the opening scene. There is a shot of the wallpaper, to allow time for the credits to roll, and then there is a close up of a washing basin, and then a final, slightly off centre, long shot of the table, basin and two chairs.• The close up of the basin does not give anything away really, but the clinical whiteness of it and the table it stands on give a hint of where the characters are, which is then confirmed in the long shot.• The long shot is almost uncomfortably long, which I believe to be intentional, because the scene itself is meant to be quite uncomfortable.
Editing• Just before the scene in the hospital is shown, there is a fade to black. This shows that the thing shown in the first part was important, but this is the part we have to look at now to understand that first part. There is also the sound of footsteps in the black, to keep the audience interested and want to know what is going to happen.
Mise-En-Scene• The clinical whiteness of the hospital scene help the audience to understand that the scene is set in a mental hospital, and not just a regular one.
• I think it was quite an effective opening, because it sets the tone for the film with the music and the things that are shown. It doesn’t give too much away, and doesn’t give the twist away, but it leaves the audience wanting to know more.
In Comparison With Our Film• Our opening is very, very different to this one. The main focus of this opening scene is the credits, which can be seen from the way that there is just a wallpaper behind them.• The music used here is also different from the music we intend to use. Ours will have more of a horror feel to it, and less of a traditional feel to it.• Our film opening establishes character, develops some narrative and includes speech. This one doesn’t have any of those things.• This generally has a different feel to it than ours. The old-fashionedness (nice word use there) of this scene is completely different to ours, as it is noticeably set in modern day.