Planning our opening sequence

After our preliminary task, everyone was introduced to the main task. For the main task, we have to create an opening sequence to a film. We have to decide on which genre we want our film to be – this will establish a captivating narrative through using mise-en-scene, camera angles and techniques, sound, lighting and editing. Like my preliminary task, my group involved Megan Smith, Alex Collins, Megan Spear and myself.

Planning our opening sequence

Before we start to film our main task, we decided to create a brainstorm of idea’s. From this, we were able to create a storyboard, which will help us to produce and film our opening sequence. Using a storyboard would ensure we filmed the opening sequence in the correct order and would save us time as we will know exactly what we need to do, where we need to do it and when it needs to be done. Whereas if we jumped straight to filming, we may film something then realise we needed to film something else first – this would be a waste of filming and editing time. Plus, it could cause further problems such as, continuity

Character Analysis

For our plot, my group and I decided to use the idea of two teenage girls being followed by a man in the woods. We decided to use teenage girls as this makes the characters look more vulnerable and also because we feel that more teenagers would watch this film and may relate to it more if  their own age group was involved.

We chose to have a man follow the two girls as this makes it seem more frightening and makes the teenage girls look even more vulnerable.

To make the audience want to carry on watching more of the film, we are planning to end the opening sequence on a black screen, just after the man catches the girls.

Characterisation

The protagonists (two girls) – we planned for the two girls to wear everyday clothes such as trousers, skirts, a top and flat shoes in order to make it clear to the audience that the girls were the innocent protagonists who were being chased through the woods after taking a short-cut.

The girls will be shown walking across a field at the start of them film and the audience will be able to hear them debating whether to cut through the woods due to the recent prison escapee. This also makes it clear to the audience that the girls are the innocent characters in this film.

The antagonist (the man who escaped from prison) – we planned for the man to wear black trousers, a red hooded jumper and black shoes. We thought of using dark colours for the antagonist’s clothing as they represent ‘evil’ and ‘scary/shadowy’.

The audience will also be able to understand that the male character is the antagonist as they will hear the teenage girls talking about a prisoner who escaped from jail recently.

Clothes worn by 'male' character - the antagonist

We filmed our opening sequence in Eye in a woodland area. Eye is a quiet village and we chose to film there due to the appropriate woodland area and also because it is close to where Alex and Megan live. This will help us to feel a little safer whilst filming.

We hope for the filming to take place in the evening as we want it to be dark in order to make it look like the teenagers were cutting through the woods on the way home.

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Sound

My group and I plan to use a variety of dfferent sounds – both diagetic and non-diagetic. Diagetic sounds are sounds which are heard whilst filming, the ones which you may hear during our opening sequence are people talking and screaming. The non-diagetic sound which you will hear (sounds which are added in after the filming) whilst watching this opening sequence will be the background/theme tune.

Camera

We are hoping to use a wide variety of camera shots, anges and movements in the duration of our film as this will show our opening sequence from a variety of different perspectives. The camera shots, angles and movements we hope to use are:

• Establishing shot  – to allow the audience to see where the film is set

Close-ups – to show the different expressions being used by the three characters – anger, fear, shock, etc.

Mid-shots – to allow the audience to have a better view of the characters when having a conversation or using dialogue

• Long-shots – to provide the audience with a better view of what is happening in the distance. For example – running

Hand-held camera – to make certain scenes look more authentic and to make the audience feel as though they are in the film

Props

My group and I have decided  that we only want to use one prop as we feel that we do not need anything else. The prop we have decided to use is a metal object which represented a murder weapon. We hope that this weapon makes the antagonist look even more frigtening and empowering. We have chosen to use this metal object as it looks very heavy and weapon-like.

Editing

We do not have a thorough plan of what we are going to edit and how we are going to do it as we will need to know exactly what we have filmed. However, we have had a few ideas which we have made into a rough plan. The ideas we have had are:

•  Cutting to a black screen at the end of the opening sequence

• Play sound on top of the black screen in order to give the opening sequence a sudden ending, leaving the audience in suspense

• Cutting to black screens between each scene and have the credits showing on top

• Moving the sound of the bottle smashing in order to ensure that the sound and images match

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Research into Title Sequences

A title sequence is the method used by cinematic film or television programs to present their title, key production and cast members.

Kyle Copper is one of the most talented creators of title sequences in the world. In the early 1990’s, Kyle created the title sequence for the horror film ‘Se7en’, this is when he was first noticed. He has created many more title sequences, these include: The Mummy, Braveheart, Iron Man and The Orphan.

Title sequences are important for presenting the characters, production team and the directors.

Below are two images from the title sequence for the horror film ‘Se7en’.

Research into the ‘Thriller’ genre

We carried out some research and watched the opening credits to a film called ‘Se7en’, in order to gather some idea’s for the opening credit’s in our own film. ‘Se7en’ is an American based thriller film and was made in 1995.

‘Se7en’ is about a group of detectives that investigate a series of murders, and find out that they are chasing after a serial killer. We chose to watch the opening credits to this film because if we continued to make the rest of our film, we would have liked our plot line to be similar. If we did continue to make the rest of our film, the idea of the stranger following the two girls would have developed into him being a serial killer, and the girls being just two more victims out of many.

We also chose to look at this film because we would like the editing in our opening credits to be similar to the editing in the opening credits in this film. We would like the credits in our opening sequence to be appear in jumpy, hand-written like text due to it being associated with thrillers, and therefore would be very appropriate.

Also, we would like the writing to fade in from a black screen as we feel that this adds suspense and indicates a jumpy and/or scary film.

The sound/music you can hear whilst the opening credits are being shown also suggests the genre of the film. As soon as the sound starts on ‘Se7en’, I could tell it was a thriller genre, as the sound was uneven and mysterious.

Location report

Location - Eye Lake