Task 2: thriller opening scene evaluations

Task 2:

Batman: The Dark Knight:

The opening scene to The Dark Knight is very conventional of the thriller genre. One example of this is the non-diegetic sound used in it. The music is an orchestral song that starts off slowly and quietly as one instrument and over time builds up to a whole orchestra that is playing very fast and loud upbeat and suspenseful music. This builds up suspense for the rest of the film and gets the viewer exited. The vibe of the music reflects the whole film in how it is action packed and mysterious which is shown through the build-up in the music. The diegetic sound in the scene is of a clock ticking, showing the passing of time, this helps build suspense as it makes the viewer think about what is going to happen at the end when the clock stops ticking. Another key element in the sound to the opening sequence is the way that the antagonists maniacal laughing is in the background. This sound is diegetic and builds on the characters personality, showing the audience that he is clearly insane, which makes the film seem a bit creepier and therefore fits in well with the thriller genre by building suspense and tension.

The font used in the titles is a thick font that looks grand and bold, making it stand out, they fade in and out with an effect on the words that make them look as if they were burning paper. With the holes burning into the text. For emphasis on the words the text has been edited to slowly grow a little which would catch the viewer’s eye and get them to read it.

The colours on the title screen in the background are all blacks and greys, of concrete on the floor. This is very typical of the dark thriller genre as it is quite gothic. On this dark background however there is fire, which is a bright and vivid colour, which foreshadows all of the action that happens later in the film. Another part of the title sequence that doesn’t match the dark colours that primarily make it up is the way the jokers purple and green clothes contrast this, they are brightly coloured clothes that look like they have since been dirtied, showing the characters personality as a criminal, the same as the makeup does. The makeup the joker wears is messy and dirty, it looks like the character has just put it on himself which builds backstory to the character. The makeup is dark around the eyes and pale in the face making him look ill and psychotic, which builds interest for the character in the audience.


James Bond: Casino Royale

The Opening scene to Casino Royale is not typical of the thriller genre. It starts off typically however because it is in dark colours, having a black and white hue over it, it makes it seem like an old film, like how the first James bond films were, it looks as if its going to be starting off calm with James going to pick something up, then you see someone go and pull a gun on him. This is very sudden action, foreshadowing the huge amount of action that happens through the film. The black and white is massively contrasted with the red that drips down from the point of view shot, as if the viewer was the criminal and Bond had just shot them. This allows for the editing to swap to a red background as if it was the blood. The next part of the title sequence is unconventional as it is all red on the screen. This means that its mostly quite a vibrant colour scheme, rather than the usual black and grey one.

The text is all in white which helps it to contrast with the red and black on the rest of the background helping to show the text more clearly, helping the viewer to read it. It is in a block capitals and in a very uniform font. This kind or reflects on the spy files that feature a lot in the James Bond film franchise, due to the focus of the genre being a spy film as well as a thriller.

The rest of the title sequence is in a cartoon drawn animation with a heavy focus on playing cards and guns over a patterned background. The guns demonstrate the spying nature of the film and the action that the genre brings with it, which is normally conventional of the thriller genre as well. The playing card symbols are foreshadowing the semantic field of casinos and card games that the film is involved with. All the characters in the opening scene are silhouette, the enemies represented as red while bond is represented as being a black one, the silhouette only fades into looking like the actual James Bond in regular colour for a second at the end, which raises suspense and adds a sense of mystery.

All the sound used in the opening titles is Non-Diegetic as there is no other sound apart from the background music that is used, other than the gunshot in the very first seconds. The music starts off very grand and orchestral and then quickly fades to electric guitar and drums, which is more of rock music. This suits the action that’s going on in the scene, as its very upbeat and dramatic. Towards the end of the scene the rock music merges with the orchestra for a dramatic exit to the opening titles.

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The Nightcrawler Title sequence is quite typical of the thriller genre through its use of dark colours, contrasted with the bright lights of traffic and the lights on cars or street lights. The camera work is very different as it is lots of quick shots of driving in a car, with the inside of the car in focus while everything outside of the car is out of focus and very blurry. This creates a sense of the unknown and mystery. The editing is very short quick cuts between these shots, never leaving them on for any more than a second, which helps build suspense.

In the way of sound there is very little music. There is some strings music with a beat on it to start off with but that fades out after about 30 seconds and leaves the rest of the title sequence silent. This helps build suspense as it is silent and therefore the viewers don’t know what is going on and what’s happening. There is absolutely no diegetic sound in the opening sequence which means it gives very little away about the scene that the film is set in.

The Titles used in the scene are all in block capital white letters and are clear and easy to read, they contrast against the dark of the night and the streets. The Nightcrawler title at the end of the sequence is very large and clear. It is just above a bright city setting on the horizon and the title is white against the black of night. This emphasises it and makes it stand out more to the viewer. Another way that its made to stand out is the way that the title slowly grows as time goes on and as it gets bigger its more in the view and this catches the attention of the viewer.



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