Thursday, 27 January 2011

'Watching' Documentary: Research

1. What does Thomas suctliffe mean when he says "films need to seduce their audience into long term commitment. while there are many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible"

Thomas Sutcliffe is trying to explain that a viewer must know what is going to occur next in a film. That a film opening should be constructed at a certain pace so it isn’t rushed but on the construct dragged and slow, this will allow every moment of the film to be appreciated and savoured

2. According to director Jean Benineix, what are the risks of "instant arousal"?

It’s how you show instant arousal to the audience and if this is rushed or it becomes too intense the risk is instant grafication

3 Explain why "a good beginning must make the audience fell that it doesn't know nearly enough yet, and at the time make sure that it doesn't know too little"
It’s  to do with balancing out the way a film is displayed to the audience. A good balance which will allow a story to raise, where to much will give away the plot and too little will unconcern the audience as the film will become boring.
4. what does critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as a classic opening? why does  it work?
Stanley Kauffmann describes a classic opening with establishing shots. For example, high angle shots of cities e.g. New York City. It would than have shot angles like the top of a title building. This would than lastly end with shots through a window until it arrives at the main areas of the building for example an office in which the film commences.

5. Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film seven so effective?
Kyle Coopers seven title sequence is so effective in showing how the character is psychotic and this foreshadows what is going to happen in the movie, its part of the movie, woke you up.
here is the opening of the film seven:

6. What did Orson Welles want to achieve with the opening to the film A Touch Of Evil? What did Universal studios do to it? why?
Universal studios wanted to put the background music with the credits in the beginning of his film; however Orson Welles didn’t want this to happen he wanted no credits, no music, just dialogue. At the end Universal Studios won because they did not want to frighten there audience.
Here is an example from ‘Touch of Evil’:

  7. What is meant by "a favourite trick of film Noir" ? what is the trick?
The trick is start from the ending this will be giving something away, for example the film like ‘Casino’.
Here is an example from 'Casino':

8. How does the opening of the film The Shining create suspense?
The Shining creates suspense it by the aeroplane shots; this is where the audience is following the car from above, like a predator. It is a ‘bird of prey’ following the car; this implies the car is going in the wrong direction.
Here is an example from ‘The shining’:

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