analysis of opening sequences of romantic comedy films

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  1. 1. By Divya Sharma
  2. 2. Thisopeningsequence onceagainstartsoffwiththefilmproductioncompanyslogo.Itthen followsintroducingallofthefourmaincharactersonebyoneandshowingussnippetsof theirlifewhichslowlybuildsupthestory.Thenitfinisheswiththetitleofthefilmjustona plainbackground.Thisparticularopeningsequences wasextremelylonginmyopinion,yes althoughitintroducedallthemaincharactersIthinksomesnippetswerelonghowever eventhoughI saythisIthinkthewaytheyintroducedallthemaincharactersinthe openingwascleverandnottomuch.Itsetuptherestofthefilmextremelywell.
  3. 3. Thetitleofthisfilmisshortandsimpleintermsofcoloursandfont.Thetitle consistofthreewordsandisnotallincapitalswhichdoesnotmakemuchimpact butitisinaboldprint.Thecoloursareverybasicasthewritingisjustinplain whitewithablackbackgroundandthefontisalmostlikeatypewriterstyleasthe filmisaboutwritingandbookssoitgoeswellwithwhatthefilmisabout
  4. 4. IntheopeningsequencethereisbothDiegeticandnon-Diegeticsound.As thisopeningsequencesintroducesallthecharacters,everytimeanew characterisintroducedthemusicchangestosuitthesituation.Themusicfor thefirstcharacterissoft,sadmusicthatahsthevoiceoverofthecharacter speakingoverthemusic.Themusicforthesecondcharacterisquiteparty musicastheyareataparty.Themusicforthelasttwocharactersarethe sameanditisalsosad,tensemusicwhichalsohasbothdigeticsoundof peoplearguingandthevoiceoverofoneofthecharactersoverthemusic. Afterintroducingthecharactersisskipsintothenextscenewhichhasupbeat happymusic.
  5. 5. Thereisn'tmuchcomplexeditingintheopening sequenceasitisjust simplejumpcuts switchingtothechangeofcharactersandsettings. Therearealsoalotofstraightcutsthatareusedthroughoutthe sequence.
  6. 6. Inthefirstshotoftheopeningsequenceisthefilmcompanythatproducedthefilm.The secondshotoftheopeningiswherethemaincharacterofthefilmisintroduced immediatelyandwehearabitofthebackgroundstoryofthefilm.Thenextshotiswhere theyrewindbackintimeanditshowsusabitofthemaincharacterslifeandwhatheislike. Thelastshotoftheopeningsequence isthetitleofthefilmwhichisplacedontopofan establishingshotshowingthecitythatthefilmisbasedin.
  7. 7. Thetitleofthisfilmisshortasitconsistsofthreewordsandhasquitea simplefontandcolourtoo.Thecoloursthatthetitlehasusedisasimple whiteforthefirstandlastwordinanormalfontthatisallcapitalsand havingthemiddlewordinabrightercolourofyellowandhavingthefontin boldinsteadofleavingittoitsoriginalfont.
  8. 8. ThereisbothDiegeticandnon-diegeticsoundintheopeningsequence.The nondiegeticsoundisupbeatalmostjazzymusicthatsuitsthetarget audiencethefilmisaimedatandalsothemaincharacterishasavoiceover themusic.Thediegeticsoundistheconversationbetweenthetwopeople.
  9. 9. Thereisn'tmuchcomplexeditingintheopening sequenceasitisjust simplejumpcuts switchingtothechangeofsettingsduringthe sequenceandalsotoajustablankscreenthatgivescredittothose involved.Therearealsoalotofstraightcutsthatareusedthroughout thesequence.
  10. 10. Thefirstshotofthefilmisthefilmcompanythatproducedthefilm.Thesecondshotisthe titleofthefilmandthenitgoesintothenextshotwhichintroducesthetwomaincharacters togetherandestablishingthecitytheyarein.Itthengoesintoshowingthetwomain charactersseparatelyandgivinganinsightintothecharacterslifeandestablishingthesecond setting.Thenextshotsarethejustthecreditsofwhoarethestarsinthefilmandthe producersetc.
  11. 11. Thetitleissimpleandshortasithastwowordsandonenumber.Thecolourused forthetitleiswhitewhichisabasic,simplecolour.Thewordsareinbold capitalsandthenumberisaboveitinbracketsandthefontusedislikeatype writerstyleoffont
  12. 12. ThereisonlyNon-Diegeticsoundinthisopeningsequence.Themusicthatis firstplayedisorchestralandsadandthereisanarratorvoiceoverontopon themusic.Oncethesequencechangestogivingcredittopeoplethemusic changesintoakindofupbeatpassionatesongwhichhasbittersweetfeeling toit.
  13. 13. Thereisn'tmuchcomplexeditingintheopening sequenceasitisjust simplejumpcuts switchingtothechangeofsettingsduringthe sequenceandthetoascreenthatgivescredittothoseinvolved.There arealsoalotofstraightcutsthatareusedthroughoutthesequence.

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