The Sixth Sense is a thriller movie from 1999. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film is about a young boy visited by the dead. Unlike the other film openings that I have previously looked at, The Sixth Sense shows no opening scene in the first 2 minutes but rather shows names of producers, actors, music artists and makeup artists…
00:00:00 – 00:00:13 : The first feature to the two minute opening is the ident for ‘Hollywood Pictures’. There is no sound behind the ident; this builds tension as often silence can create suspense effectively. The sequence then fades to black.
00:00:14 – 00:00:30 : The second ident sequence is for ‘Spyglass Entertainment’. Once again, the name of the company matches the theme of the ident. Once again, there is no sound. The scene then fades to black.
00:00:31 – 00:00:41 : The shot then shows ‘Hollywood Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment Present’ in simple font with a plain black background. On top of the shot, a subtle and quiet composed score is played. This calmness and simplicity adds suspense and tension. The shot then fades to black.
00:00:42 – 00:00:52 : The next shot follows on from this with the writing ‘A Kennedy/ Marshall/ Barry Mendel Production’. In the background the same subtle, quiet music is playing. This then fades to black.
00:00:53 – 00:00:58 : With the music continuing from the previous shot, the main actor’s name ‘Bruce Willis’ is shown. This then also fades to plain black.
00:00:59 – 00:01:07 : Suddenly, a tense sound effect is played when the title of the film ‘The Sixth Sense’ appears. The sound effect matches the movement of the simple title. This then also fades to black as the sound effect once again stops to continue the opening.
00:01:08 – 00:02:00 : From here in the opening, names of actors, producers, casting agents and music producers appear on the screen in the same simple way. The calm and simple music from before continues to play with the same plain black screen.