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Final Storyboards…

Emelia and I spent a fair deal of time on completing our storyboards. However, we felt as though the storyboards were an important aspect of the planning as they would be so much help in future aspects of making our film opening. Although the continuity of our storyboards is not fantastic due to the fact that the split up the task between the two of us, we are happy with the flow of our film and can clearly picture the end product in our heads. Emelia and I are not the most talented of artists and so some drawings may not make as much sense to others as they do to us; however, we do not think that this is a huge problem as it is us who needs to understand the planning of the shot. If we were to have more time, I would be tempted to create a set of storyboards online using software such as http://www.storyboardthat.com where you can create a cartoon version of your storyboards. Emelia and I also did not include as much detail within the frames as we maybe should have done; however, once again we did not view this as hugely important as we are not 100% sure of these details now anyway and so the shot would be inaccurate. Overall, we are fairly pleased with our storyboards.

In order to be able to visualise the flow of our film opening to the maximum extent, we decided to animate the storyboards. To do this, I had to take individual shots of each frame. I then imported these onto iMovie and ordered them correctly. I then had to consider the timings and shorten/lengthen the shots until I was happy with the outcome. Emelia and I thought that the animation would be more useful if it was simply of the drawing itself rather than including the writing and dialogue etc into the animation. We decided this as then you can focus more on what is occurring in each shot. Now that we have an animated video of our storyboard, we can use this to our advantage and plan to bring the video with us when filming. We plan to do this as we believe that it will help us to concentrate on the flow, stay efficient and eliminate mistakes surrounding rules such as the ‘180 Degree Rule’. Here is our animated film of our storyboards…



The Sixth Sense Opening

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Purge: Anarchy Opening

In order to get an accurate idea into the structure of film openings, Emelia and I watched a few two minute film openings and decided to create timelines. By creating timelines, we could note down the various features, when they appeared and how long they lasted for. From doing this, we hope to have a better idea of the form and structure of film openings. Hopefully, this extra knowledge will help us to create an accurate and believable film opening. Due to our previous pre-production work, Emelia and I have already chosen our genre. Due to this, we have decided to look into the openings of thriller films only as this way we will know the specific features and how to relate them to the thriller genre.

Firstly, I watched the beginning to ‘The Purge: Anarchy’. This is an American thriller directed by James DeMonaco. I chose this film opening to analyse first as I felt the structure of the various idents and logos was fairly clear.

00:00:00 – 00:00:24 : Firstly, the Universal logo sequence plays. Over the top of this, a non-diegetic, tense and sinister composed score plays; this adds tension and immediately indicates what genre the upcoming film will belong to.  The sequence then fades to black.

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00:00:25 – 00:00:40 : The next ident sequence then plays for ‘BH Productions’. Over this, the same dark score is played; this connects the two and further builds tension. The sequence then once again fades to black.

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00:00:41 – 00:00:53 : The final company logo sequence occurs. The company is ‘Platinum Dunes’. The same score is played; however, it is less busy and more eerie. The sequence then once again fades to black.

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00:00:56 – 00:01:09 : The film then begins. However, an opening scene does not immediately begin. First, facts are given to give background and understanding to the film. The composed score is now fairly simple. This simplicity adds tension. This scene then fades to black.

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00:01:11 – 00:01:19 : The title of the film, ‘The Purge: Anarchy’, then suddenly appears. The composition’s dynamics increase as the title appears and then decrease as the sequence proceeds. This is a shock and draws attention to the title.

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00:01:23 – 00:01:31 : Then, the opening shows the time and date of the following scene. It also mentions the major event that will occur further on in the film. The eerie composed score continues to play and the scene fades to black.

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00:01:35 : Fade in to the opening scene. This scene begins with a close up and then shows a wide shot. There are emphasised diegetic sounds such as money and footsteps.

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00:01:49 : The diegetic sound of the news on the television begins; this introduces the upcoming major event in the film and builds tension.

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