Presentation on theme: "We see a lot of recurring props in the sequence, they all seem to be focusing on photos, writing, books, small metal objects and cuttings from pictures."— Presentation transcript:
We see a lot of recurring props in the sequence, they all seem to be focusing on photos, writing, books, small metal objects and cuttings from pictures. Most of these objects are very detailed such as the books, suggesting the props relate to the antagonist who is perhaps planning something. The impression is given he is very methodical and intelligent with all the specific intricate details. Many of the props seen are small silver tools, such as tweezers and a razor blade, these connote toucher, possibly giving clues to what will happen to some of the victims later on in the narrative. The newspaper cutting of the word ‘god’ suggests the character is religious and his beliefs have a large bearing on his actions. The pens, papers and articles suggest a sort of document/file/ plan is skilfully being put together. We get the impression the location is in a home, secret place of someone's as the objects seen are typically found in these places.
We see a photo of a man who appears to be dead and also in the sequence we see a man developing photos, this implicates he was the one taking the photos and appears to be a killer. The props are very significant in the opening title sequence as they are shown very close up, taking up most the frame. This creates suspense as the audience are unaware of who is creating this work, this follows the typical character narrative of the antagonist identity being hidden. Most of the shots are dark, with a black and white colour scheme connoting danger. Although we do see a hint of red when the photos are being developed, implying blood and danger. The shots appear to be indoors, using low key lighting, which gives the setting a dull and suspicious feel. The cutting of the fingertips with the razor, suggests the person wants to hide his identity,which is typical of the genre and suggests criminal activity.
The shots in the opening title sequence consist mostly of close ups and extreme close ups showing specific detail of the props used. Perhaps the reason for the close ups is the antagonist isn’t featured, keeping their identity hidden which is typical of the thriller genre, it also creates suspicions and keeps the audience guessing. The close ups distract the audience from seeing the person who is doing these things, creating tension and suspense. There are no long shots in this title sequence so it doesn't really allow the viewer to see what's fully going on, reinforcing the mystery of it. Throughout the clip all of the camera angles are high angles or at eye level which could connote that the filmmaker doesn't want you to see anything of real importance yet.
The opening is in a montage format, its lots of different shots put together. This gives the sense that perhaps someone is making a file as the editing isn’t done in chronological order. The shots are very quick and frequent, with jump cuts from one shot to another giving the sequence a fast pace and portraying the film is fast paced and dramatic. The transitions of shots vary, some are straight cuts and some cross fade or fade to black. This gives the effect of the clips connecting and being linked together creating an eerie feel, in addition the fading to black reflects on the darkness and negativity of the film narrative. The text (typography) that’s edited over the shots, is in a handwriting type of font linking to what the character is doing especially in the shot of the pen and paper. In addition the font is clearly seen but is quit small, so the attention isn’t taken away from the detailed imagery. Insert shots are used to emphasize the detail in certain objects, which is engaging as the effect works well to engage the audience. the font is sharp edged and jagged which is harsh like the sharp props and suggestive of a negative narrative.
Near the beginning of the sequence we hear a high pitch screeching sound, with a sharp piercing tone, making the audience feel uncomfortable and creating quit a disturbing environment. Close to the beginning we hear a type writer, relating to the imagery we see in the sequence and giving an old fashioned feel, possibly relating to the character. A non-diegetic soundtrack is used throughout the whole of the sequence, setting the mood for the further development and gives an uncomfortable feeling. The song is very electronic, with ‘saw’ like sounds possibly relating to weapons, which will be used later on in the film. The soundtrack is dark and demoralising, it starts slow and quiet then reaches its climax towards the end of the sequence getting louder and faster paced. The only dialogue we hear is “you got me closer to God” this quotation points in some way to the seven deadly sins- relating to the films narrative.
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