Monday, 16 December 2013
Top 5 Thrillers
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
- Wide range of victims with one major antagonist
- Tension building
- Females as victims
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
- Possibility of a non-chronoligcal time frame
- Urban Setting
- Fast paced editing
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
Cloud Atlas is an 'epic drama' released in 2012. It is based on the 2004 novel with the same name and at a budget of $102 million is one of the most expensive independent dramas to be produced. The film features different time periods all linking to there own drama 'sub genre'. The characters within each time period have their own story line but are indirectly liked to characters in other times.
What do I like about this film?
- The film is very original yet somehow manages to feel familiar and draws some similarities with other drama films such as Love Actually.
- The film explores different sub-genres and really turns the conventions of a drama film on its head.
- The films score doesn't change throughout even though the audience is being presented with a range of very different and contrasting images.
- Visual imagery is important. A bland scene and set will give 'bland' feeling to the viewer.
- There are multiple sub-genres to be explored.
- Costume, hair and make-up all contribute to the realism.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Mise En Scene
The Mise En Scene should directly mirror the film. Costume, location and props need to be relevant; the reasoning for this is people need to be drawn into a film and understand what they're watching.
For example, in the opening sequence to The Woman In Black three children are dressed in Victorian clothes in an old looking room. This automatically sets the time period for us as the Victorian era; furthermore the fact that three Children are playing alone suggests isolation which a theme mirrored throughout the film.
Like Mise En Scene sound often mirrors the the film. However, in films such as the Great Gatsby sound actually juxtaposes the movie. Sound is useful for drawing in an audience and adding another level to the film. Music is more useful to mirror the emotion of a film rather than the story line. Sound evokes emotion and can be used before and after incidents; however in an opening sequence it's more likely titles will just be used to introduce a film.
It's evident in this title sequence that the soundtrack illustrates story lines within the movie. The lyrics 'are you ready to die' gives us insight into the genre of the film and further hints at the story.
In an effective title sequence editing should not be overcomplicated. An audience doesn't want to be confused and hit with too much information at the beginning of a film. Nevertheless, editing can be used as a useful way to keep a viewer interested during a title sequence.
Pixar often use editing well in their title sequences. For example, in Monsters Inc there titles directly mirror the film. Furthermore they do not stay still for long and there is constant movement. The benefit of this is that a viewer stays entertained and is more likely to take notice of the titles. Contrastingly if white titles appear on a black screen although it is dramatic looking, the viewer can easily become bored and distracted.
Cinematography is the trickiest element to perfect within a title sequence. The main reason for this is camera angles and the way a camera moves is more beneficial to actual film; it doesn't effect titles. If titles are a major part of the film however it could be suggested that the cinematography is kept as minimal as possible. Whereas if the action taking place is more significant the cinematography will be a bigger part of the film.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
The scene is very jumpy. There are many reflections and mirror images and, the shots are often shaky and distorted. These themes meet the denotations of a thriller genre perfectly. The affect that this scene has on the viewer is one of confusion and intrigue - by leaving much of the action in darkness an element of wonder is created for the viewer. Smart techniques include pages falling and changing to a black screen; this is smarter as it is almost seamless yet it still contains ominous elements and forebodes to the future.
Often, the main character is seen holding a pen and writing. Smartly, the director has used a 'script' font for the title which is scribbly yet legible. This makes it seem as though the actor has written the titles himself. The font is also fairly shaky again mirroring the mind of the main character.
What does this tell me about editing within a film?
Editing is genre and story line specific. Different methods of editing is used in different films to set the story and stay within conventions. From this title sequence it is clear what type of themes will appear within the film. I now know to take into consideration what my film will be about when creating a title sequence.
Sunday, 17 November 2013
What does this opening sequence tell us about the film?
From this opening sequence a lot is suggested about the film. It's clear to us that the film will be set in pre-hidtoric times, the 'Ice Age'. Furthermore by the characterisation of a squirrel we are told that the film will involve animals and the narrative will surround them. As well as this, the elements of schaeenfeuder that surround the squirrel tell the audience will be be a comedy and uplifiting. Not only this, but the fact the squirrel is 'sabre-toothed' further connotes comedy.
Ferris Buller's Day Off
Alternatively Ferris Buller's Day Off has an opening sequence which does not take the viewer away from the film and literally begins the narrative of the plot.
What does the opening sequence tell us about the film?
The opening sequence to this film introduces us to the main characters. We are shown where and when the film is set and the beginning of the story line is shown to us. This approach at an opening sequence is useful as it's almost impossible for the viewer to find it boring. The viewer is given a large chunk of information about the film at the start and are therefor automatically involved from the offset.
Friday, 15 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Titles upon a blank screen.
This is the most basic way of presenting credis. Titles are simply superimposed onto a blank screen. This method means that font plays an important part as it will be the only hint or link to the film. Furthermore the colour background used will also set the tone. A black background is preferred over a lighted coloured one as it tires the eyes of an audience less keeping their focus; as a result a lighter font tends to take preference to complement the background.
Titles accompanied by still images.
An ellaboration of this is to use still images as opposed to a plain background. This is still reasonably simple to create yet much more interesting than a blank screen. The importance of a pictured background is that it can help the viewer understand what the film's going to be about as well as giving them an insight to what's happened to the characters previous to the film itself. This can be complicated to match a font colour with as constantly changing images may require a constantly changing font colour.
Titles accompanied with a series of moving images.
Titles over a series of moving images could ranged from a simple animation to a more intricate sequence that incorporate camera movement. By doing this, titles can appear along the narrative thread. This is a much more complex way of creative a title sequence. It's successful as it's interesting for the viewer as well as more individual and better suited to each individual film. In modern film this type of title sequence is much more common.
Titles bult around motion graphics and animation.
In the late 1990's animating text started to become more and more popular. These type of title sequences tend to be much more complex and difficult to make however they interest the audience and are both iconic and informative. A well renowned title sequence that follows this sequence is that of 'Catch Me If You Can'. The clever imbedding of narrative within the animation has been used over and over by other films and as a defining moment for credits within film.
Monday, 11 November 2013
What can we learn from this title sequence?
Location: Somewhere magical, enchanting and regal. Illustration of locations that would be familiar to the audience and relatable to the 'Wizard of Oz'.
Time Period: 1920's (specifically suggested by the black and white affect)
Costume: The costume further gives us suggestions about the time period. The idea of expensive clothes suggest that the story 'could' revolve around those with wealth or importance.
Behaviour: The flying of black birds could be an omen and presents a sense of foreboding. Although magical could this mean that there will be darker elements to the story?
Space: Changing field depth. Most action takes place in the foreground with the back being out of focus. Shows what's important.
From this title sequence the audience is able to break down and understand certain themes that will appear within the film. Before any action has taken place the viewer has notices that this film may closely mirror the Wizard of Oz. Furthermore the viewer has been offered the viewpoint that the film will contain a lot of mystery and magic. It will be set in the past and this is suggested through the use of black and white.
What does this tell me about title sequences?
From this it's suggested to me that title sequences are not just for 'displaying titles'. In fact, from this exercise I can diagnose that title sequences are vital for beginning the film and establishing the themes within the viewers mind. The title sequence must be of good standard as it introduces the film; the impression the viewer is given within the title sequence my influence the impression they have on the film throughout.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
The evolution of title sequences.
How have title sequences changed?It's predictable that as technology within the film industry changes, title sequences will advance. I was curious to see how title sequences had changed but to add to this I wanted to see what has stayed the same. By doing this, I should be able to breakdown what is vital to an opening sequences and therefor what I should contain in mine. A good way to see how title sequences have evolved is by looking at three of the twenty three James Bond title sequences; this is because they are all part of the same franchise but set in very different times.
Dr. No - 1962
The Living Daylights - 1987
Skyfall - 2012
What's changed and what's stayed the same?Changes
- More sophisticated animation
- More use of colour
- More incorporation of the films themes
- Non-diegetic sound throughout
- Basic titles
- Names of cast, film, directors, production companies etc.
What does this tell me?From this I learn a few things. For my title sequence to be affective I will need clear titles which are easy to read. Furthermore I will need some sort of backing music which can feature vocals. It's important to incorporate the genre of the film into the titles as well as aspects of the storyline.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Sound ResearchWhether or not my title sequence consists of diegetic sound, music will be needed. A soundtrack sets a mood and tone to the film. It gives the viewer insight as to what the film will be about and also connotes emotion within the audience. Sometimes, music is integrated into shots, for example a character could be dancing in their room whilst listening to a stereo. I took a look at different songs to see what emotions they gave me and how these feelings could be translated into ideas.
Syron - Waterproof
Bastille - Haunt
Sam Smith - Nirvana
Natalia Kills - Rabbit Hole
All of these songs are very diverse however I feel the fact that they contain lyrics restricts what they can be used for as the lyrics tell a story of there own. This thought chose me to look at instrumentals. Following this I found an instrumental which I fell in love with. It could be used for multiple genres and films and sparks multiple emotions within the listener.
Foxes - Echo (Instrumental)
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Reservoir Dogs - 1992Reservoir dogs has become one of the most iconic title sequences in history. It's simplicity is unforgettable and is both cinematic and dramatic. The sequences features a gang of well dressed me walking in slow motion. The titles appear on top of the clip. The shot changes only briefly to a black background where the names of production stuff etc. are illustrated.
The Devil Wears Prada - 2006The Devil Wears Prada opening sequence is very different to that of Catch Me If You Can. The Devil Wears Prada uses photographs of objects (the objects contrast greatly) that relate to the film and it's characters. The pace is reasonably calm. Serif fonts are used which connote sophistication and elegance.
Catch Me If You Can - 2002
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Opening Sequence To 'Jackie Brown':
My first task was to create a timeline of credits and titles that appear in a two minute opening sequence. My partner and I chose to look at Jackie Brown, a 1997 crime drama by Quentin Tarantino. The opening scene uses the song 'Across 110th Street' by Bobby Womack throughout. Once the production company credits are shown, the first shot is displayed and the following titles are projected on top of this. Bellow is the timeline and sequence.
- Interestingly I noticed that the names of 'co-stars' were displayed on screen for less time then the main stars.
- The music matched the pace od the sequence perfectly.
- The shots were not complex and changed rarely.
Mise En Scene
This clip is perfect for analysing Mise En Scene. The costume (that of an air hostess) perfectly gives us an insight to the character. Furthermore the location (an airport) clearly establishes where action will take place. Props all further connotes travel and security. The lighting is high key and suggests the film will contain light hearted themes.
The cinematography for this film is very basic. A tracking shot is used for the majority of the opening follow the main character. This suggests the importance and relevance of 'Jackie Brown'. Other than this the only interesting piece of cinematography is a tilt to reveal a man being searched.
The editing in the film is also very basic. However, the font for the logo is very bold and 'camp'. Being a Tarantino film this could suggest the film will be exaggerated and in your face. The colours also suggest fun and resemble that of superhero's.
The music used was calmly paced. It matched the airport environment perfectly. At no point was diegetic sound used within the first two minutes. This could be done to keep the viewers attention on the titles rather than the story.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Who Am I & What Is This Blog About?My name is Tyler Lewis Kilden and I am currently studying AS Media Studies at Ravens Wood School. On this blog I shall be documenting my journey to create a 2 minute opening film sequence with titles for my Year 12 coursework. Here on the blog I will display all my creative processes, important decisions, brainstorms, final piece and any other work I do on my way to create the finished product.
Wish Me Luck!