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Sunday, 13 February 2011

My Response To The 'Watching' Documentary :Research

Whilst watching the movie, i think that the beggining needs to be more interesting so it'll catch the viewers attention and make them carry on watching. Thomas Sutcliffe mentions that "Films need to seduce their audience into long term commitment. While there are many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible." By mentioning this Thomas Sutcliffe wanted to give the idea that the beggining must attract the audiences attention. By saying 'instant arousal' he means starting the film with something big.

However, different directors have different views such as Jean Jacques Beiniex thinks that there are risks to an 'instant arousal'. Jean thinks that the viewers should accept that they have to wait for satisfaction. He also thinks that if you start the beggining really interesting and entertaining and then you start to introduce the film, the audience that is watching would be disinterested and wont enjoy the film as much. The begining of a film should never have too much information. As stated "A good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure it doesn't know too little." Alfred Hitchcock once said that it would be alot better if the audience knew more about the character, this leads to the audience in watching the rest of the movie.

Critic Stanly Kauffm describes the opening of an establishing shot. The movie, Panic Room begins off with showing us New York City followed by people and buildings and then Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart who are the main important characters in the film.
The title sequence for the film 'Se7en' was very effective, this was because of all the wierd images and the unsettling music, also the cutting of hands. In the opening the titles are small, handwritten and so therefore it looks like film is broken. Also the opening has a psychotic feeling and tone, so the audience gets more interested, and some of the images are clear foreshadowing of what is to come in the film. Orson Wells who is the director of Citizen Cane craved to achieve the feeling of being in the movie, and give you a feeling of forgetting that your watching a film such a in his "A Touch Of Evil". He didnt want any titles in the beggining but Universal Studios thought otherwise. They were being too catious and decided to add titles to the opening and 'blunted' Orson Welles orginality.

A vast amount of directors create fantastic openings by using the trick of 'Film Noir'. This is basically when you start the beggining of the movie with the ending. For example films such as Pulp Fiction, Memento and Casino. The film casino begins off with Robert Di Niro walking towards his car, then after he gets into his car the vehicle blows up. I believe that this was such an amazing opening to the film and that it draws the audiences attention straight away and leaves them with questions to why it happened, this makes the audience want to watch the rest of the film.
Another film with a great opening is the film 'The Shining'. There is a build up of suspence in the beggining due to the camera work and also mise en scene. We are shown that the camera is following the vehicle like a predator. This gives us, the audience that the car is heading in a bad direction. This leaves the audience wanting to know what is going to happen and where the car is going to.

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