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Today's lesson - BLOG 12 

You have 1 hour to create a short analysis of a title sequence.

Prompt questions:

Focus now on how you are made to feel at different points in the opening title sequence.

How are you drawn into the world of the film story? 

How is this developed?

How do you know that the opening titles are over and the film proper is starting?

How much of the actual film story do you know from the opening 2-3 mins - this is a key element as you will be marked down for an opening that tells the whole story in the opening 2 minutes.

Please think of a way of presenting this work on your blog - I suggest Vlogs or voice overs - however if you do not have the skills to complete the work in this way make sure that you do use screen shots. 

Analyse the film opening that you have been given in terms of the following:

  • Shot types/angles/movements 
  • Visual Style - Lighting/colour
  • Editing - fast/slow/pace/long takes/exposition of narrative - character - setting - time?
  • How does the opening suggest the genre or the themes of the film? 
  • How is sound/music used to draw us into the world of the film?
  • If the film is part of a franchise - how does it fit with the conventions of previous title sequences in the same franchise? 

Throughout/or at the end of the analysis make sure that you are reflecting on what aspects of the opening are inspirational in terms of the creative process - how are the openings that you are analysing building into your ideas for film openings/title sequences.

For each film make sure that you have also done the title exercise below: 

  • Now - watch the film - just focus on the titles - what they say and when they appear.
  • For each title write down what it says - when it appears e.g. 3 sec, 15 sec etc 
  • For each title also say what is shown or what you hear when it appears - how does this add to the effect of the opening.
  • You may also want to consider the pace of the titles.

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