Thursday, 27 January 2011

Structure of Thriller Openings

There are three specific structures of openings typically used in films, such as:

    •    A narrative opening with the title running throughout
    •    A discrete title sequence
    •    Titles over a blank screen, followed by the narrative opening
An additional opening: Stylized Editing.

In narrative films we are introduced to the location, setting and then the characters with the picture in the background and the titles running over it:

Discrete openings are heavily edited, overly stylised and support almost all of the opening credits and film:

Titles running over a blank screen often have sound effects before introducing the image:

Stylized editing is all done in post production. Therefore, if we wanted to achieve this we would have to be well planned and organised:

Out of these particular structures, I found the discrete opening in Seven the most intriguing as it built suspense perfectly through the quick editing. It gives us small clues to interpret what the film will be about, which has given me inspiration for our own opening. I think in order to achieve a thrilling sructural opening we will have to be well organised and plan thoroughly.

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