Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Researching Film Opening Sequences 2

The Devil Wears Prada - 2006

The 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.
The major strength of this opening sequence is that it illustrates the themes of the play from the beginning (contrasts being a major one). Furthermore, at the end of the scene if flows into the film; this is significant as the sequence is boring as a stand alone clip however interesting as part of a film - it doesn't make the viewer overthink. A split screen is used with serif font. The colours of the font are red and black and the pace is slow, this all illustrates sophistication but the colour red suggests danger. The images portrayed to us suggest the film will be about fashion and business. Furthermore, the song playing in the background is also calm (and in French) further alluding to passion, elegance and fashion. Pans and tilts are used to slowly reveal to us the pictures on show.

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