Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Structure of Thriller Openings

Every film opens with either 3 structures. These  structures are:
  • A narrative opening with the titles running throughout
  • A discrete title sequence
  • Titles over a blank screen, followed by the narrative opening
We watched a few openings of films which were great examples of the different structured openings.

  • A narrative opening with the titles running throughout
I personally think The Shining's opening was quite suspenseful and creepy. I think the music allows it to do this.
The titles run play as the film begins.

  • A discrete title sequence
A discrete title sequence is when the titles stand separately from the actual film. Seven's opening shows close ups of very mentally disturbed actions, such as a person scraping their own skin off their fingers using a blade and sewing paper. The titles are small and the font looks as if a child has written them, which makes it more psychotic. 

  • Titles over a blank screen, followed by the narrative opening
I think this structure is very plain and boring. Therefore it is the most ineffective structure. However, if the opening is short, like Donnie Darko, it still has a suspenseful effect. It is also quite eerie.

  • Stylized editing
These openings stand out and a lot of work is put into them, which means a lot of time is also put to them. An example is Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3.

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