Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Watching Documentary

Thomas Sutcliffe says "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" What he means by this is it is essential to hook the audience from an opening of a movie like it is to hook a girl/boy at the beginning of a date. But should we be hooking them by fast action straight away at the beginning or should we take things slow? I personally like to be hooked at the beginning instantly with speed and action.
However Director Jean Jacques Beineix says "After arousing your audience in the opening you must raise the question where do we go from here" He is basically telling us that if we start the film fast and action paced at the beginning then you have to try an top that throughout the film.

"A good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn't know too little" This means that if the audience know too much at the beginning of the movie they will loose interest because they know everything about the movie and whats going to happen and on the other hand if they know too little they loose interest because they dont understand the movie and are confused.

Critic Stanley Kauffman describes a classic opening:

  • city
  • building
  • go through the windows
  • inside the building
  • into an office
  • man on desk
This classic opening works sometimes because it establishes normality and later on in the film we discover nothing is normal

The opening to Seven is so good because it foreshadows the psychotic and sadistic theme of the film and character.

Film Noir means when the end of the movie is at the beginning. This entraps the audience instantly and shocks and gives the audience info but not too much because they still want to know how it happen to come to this dramatic ending

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