Sunday, 6 February 2011

Response To 'Watching' Documentary

1) What does Thomas Sutciffe 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". 
-What he means by this is that the most effective way to catch and keep the audiences attention is by making the first scene dramatic. This hooks the audiences, making them pose questions, therefore making them want to continue watching the film to answer those questions.

2) According to Director Jean Jacques Beineix, "What are the risks of 'instant arousal'?
-Director Jean Jaques Beineix says that the risks in 'instant arousal' is that you have to live up to the opening. If you have a dramatic opening then the rest of the film has to 'live up' to the same expectations, therefore answering all of the audiences questions.

3) Explain why "a good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn't know too little"
-'Dont give away too much, however, keep the audience engaged'.

4) What does critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening? why does this work?
-Critic Stanley Kaufman describes a classic opening to be the camera establishing a New York building, going up following the sky scrapper then into the setting of the building. This is good because the audience are shown the location, the class of the character and also where and who he works for. This allows the audience to feel like they are following the characters life. 

5) Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven so effective?
-It is a Discrete Opening Sequence and therefore we do not see the characters, simply close ups of someone. These closeups were speciafically made to allow the audience a first person view into the mind of someone who is obsessed, and is possibly 'crazy', through very intricate sewing, scribbling. etc.
6) What did Orson Welles want to achieve with his opening to the film A Touch Of Evil? What did Universal Studios do to it?
-Orson Welles managed to successfully shoot an entire 4 minute opening in one take, with no cuts. Although he wanted this scene to be left 'untouched', Universal Studios placed credits and music over it and to Orson Welles ruined the opening.

7) What is meant by "favourite trick of Film Noir"? What is the trick?
-The trick was to put the ending of a film at the beginning.

8) How does the opening to the film The Shining create suspense?
-The camera is shown to be like a 'predator', chasing the car. It also leads us to believe that the car is travelling in the wrong direction, or perhaps towards something they shouldn't.

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