Monday, 11 November 2013

Mise En Scene in the title sequence.

Mise En Scene plays a vital part in any film. However there is a strong significance to mise en scene in a title sequence. As the title sequence often opens the film much of the mise en scene cant be contained within the short sequence. From the title sequence the audience should be able to establish the genre, location, time period the film is set in. The only time this may not happen is when a film is set over a vast period of time. Even so, a title sequence could be the perfect opportunity to animate a montage exploring the different times and locations that the film is set in. 

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. 

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