Friday, 25 March 2011

The Structure Of Thriller Openings

There are 3 basic structures followed for film openings. These are:

  • A narrative opening with the titles running throughout
  • A discrete title sequence
  • Titles over a blank screen, followed by the narrative opening

A narrative opening
A good example of this is 'The Shining' as the credits run through the whole opening

A discrete title sequence
A title sequence which contains shots/images of things that probably don't exactly have anything to do with the film, but more to set the atmosphere and mood for the audience. The title sequence doesn't reveal anything.
A good example of this is 'SE7EN'

Titles over a blank screen
This is a simple opening with titles and then the opening. This is simple but can still be effective, as it is a classic way of opening a film.

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