Monday, 24 January 2011

Structure of Thriller Openings

There are many ways an opening would be shown in a film. One example of this is:

A narrative opening: An opening of a film with titles running through it. An example of a film which uses this: The Shining. The camera follows a car from a high angle and from it you can see massive mountains. During this the titles are running through it.

A discrete title sequence:  A title sequence with the titles appearing in a different background, separate from the opening clips. Example of a film which uses Discrete title sequence: Se7en.

Titles over a blank screen: Titles running through a blank screen. An example of a film that uses this is Memento. After the blank screen, the blank screen disappears to the photograph and the title sequence still carries on.

Stylized Editing: When a film uses effects in an opening film. This is used to make the opening sequence look attractive to the audience. Example: Taking of Pelham 123.

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