Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Catch Me if You Can Opening Title Sequence

This opening title sequence makes a different approach to an opening sequence, with the use of animation used throughout the sequence, with no appearance of a, actual person. This therefore separates this movie from the crowd of other movies from the outset. As well as this, the animations are based on themes within the film, such as airports and also undercover cops, along with high-heeled women that are toned in order to give the viewer an insight of what is going to happen within the movie. The credits also are related to each clip, and are not an eye sore to the viewer, which would otherwise put the viewer off of the movie before it even starts. The act of a figure being chased and acting covertly also indicates to the viewer another theme within the movie, with the act of a character running from the law prevalent, as well as giving a thrill to the viewer as to whether or not he will be caught. The absence of dialog also allows the viewer to wonder as to what the characters would actually do and say in that situation, which in turn makes the viewer intrigued to watch on. The music is also very suspenseful with the high tones and that in turn relates to the highly suspenseful film. 

Zombieland Opening Sequence

This Opening Sequence gives a slight back story of what happened before the film was set as it tells you how bad things got. As well as this, it also tells you where the film is set right at the start by showing the American flag on the black overturned car. Although Jesse Eisenburg isn't shown in the opening scene, he is narrating, which gives the viewer an inclination to who the main character is. The Opening Sequence also tells the viewer of who died first and tells you the 'fat guys' died first, which therefore suggests that the genre is Comedy, which is supported in the slow motion section where various comedic scenes, such as the father-son three legged race. The Opening sequence also makes use of slow motion in order to let the audience enjoy their comedic undertones fully. The introduction of the rules also act as a unique selling point for the movie, leading to the audience wondering what the other rules not in the Opening Sequence are, leaving them hooked on the movie. The credits are offset from the center, which indicates that producer thought the actual opening is more important than telling you who stars, prioritising the film. However, the Opening Sequence does not reveal any of the vital characters visually, which could be viewed as a bad thing as the rest of the film has much to do to get the viewers to fully understand the film. It doesn't set up any of the vital characters back stories either, which could be seen as an important trait as it not only allows viewers to create a relationship with the characters, but also increases the chances of them viewing the films possible sequels.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Forrest Gump Opening Sequence

Forrest Gump is a 1994 Comedy-Drama film. I believe that this opening scene is simplistic, yet still a strong opening sequence as it sets the scene for the rest of the film. For instance, It shows Tom Hanks as the first actor to be focused on, which suggests that he is the main character. As well as this, it shows Tom Hanks waiting for a bus, which indicates to the audience that he is waiting to go somewhere, which is quite vague, but still sets the scene. This is supported by the fact that he has a present on his case, which supports the point that he is going somewhere to visit someone. As well as this, the music that is used, along with the slow feather being followed in freehand, sets a calm, soothing tone, which therefore Suggests that the film is a Comedy-Drama and not, for example, a Thriller. The way that the credits fade in and out not only backs up the fact that the opening has a soothing tone, but also suggests to the audience a theme of the film, which is loved ones coming in and then fading out of Forrest Gumps life, such as his mother or Jenny. The opening scene doesn't, however, show any other character in the scene, which leaves the viewers unclear of the overall plot of the film or the relationship between characters. As well as this, the scene does not tell the viewers or even give a clue to who Forrest Gump is waiting for. The opening scene also only shows one scene and does not, for example, show any time lapse or different scenes to show different characters, which is why this opening is quite vague.