- Medium shot- this will display the setting for the first scene of the opening title sequence; in this shot the audience will be able to see a girls room, with only someone’s feet being shown at the end of the bed. Then the girl will move to sit up, but her face will not be shown as her head will be out of the frame.
- Camera movement- the camera will stay in the same position as she gets off her bed and walks to the right. However, as she moves off screen, the camera will pan slightly to the right as it will then display the girl crouching down and reaching under her bed, retrieving a box.
- Close up shot- of the box with her hand opening it, finding a folder with a confidential sign on the front of it.
- Point of view shot- the camera will change position from watching her open the box, to her viewpoint of seeing inside the box. This will mean that the audience feel tense and uneasy as it makes it seem like they are the mysterious girl.
- Medium shot- uncovers her retrieving a scrapbook out of the box.
- Camera tracking- which will follow her walking to her desk where she sits down on a chair; to make this more thrilleresque, there will be flashes of black to build up the pace and create suspense.
- Series of close up shots of her hand grabbing glue sticks, scissors, pens etc, all of which happen in a fast pace manner as she grabs Polaroid pictures showing a crime scene setting, that she uses to put inside this scrapbook.
- Superimposition- of the pages in her scrapbook, for example pages could include a map with certain areas circled/highlighted, newspaper articles of a missing person etc; these will all inform the audience of the sub-genre for our media task.
- Glitches- onscreen of Polaroid pictures of crime scene of the girl’s missing/dead friend, such as white sheets covered in blood, the murder weapon e.g. a knife, the victim who has serious injuries (special effects make up).
- Low angle- to imply that she has power and superiority over the audience, who are in a position of inferiority in comparison to her; this creates a sense of a battle between two characters which is a common convention of the thriller genre.
- Canted angle- using a handheld camera to make a dutch tilt will help create a dramatic effect as it portrays disorientation, making the audience feel uneasy as well as feeling as if the character is in desperate need for something that at this stage of the film will not know exactly what it is yet.
- High angle/birds eye view shot- this will display the girl searching for certain objects which is still unclear what exactly she is looking for, overall creating tension and suspense for the audience who are intrigued to find out more.
- Camera zoom- the zoom in shot of a newspaper article that reads a young girl is missing/possibly dead, in which the duration of the shot will be limited with just about enough time for the audience to see the missing girl’s face.
- Over the shoulder shot- then the camera will zoom out to uncover a wide shot where the girl moves to look to the left, but a sudden jump cut will divert the audience’s attention so that they don’t see the side of the girl’s face for too long.
- Camera tilt- then the camera will tilt downwards to show the audience that the girl is looking down and taking out an object that is exactly the same as seen in the newspaper photo of the missing girl. Several jump cuts will be of the camera getting closer to this object in a plastic bag.
(Hover over the images to find out how each image from google helps display our idea.)
Nicole, the Director made the script displayed below:
As it was difficult to make because we don’t have that much dialogue in our opening title sequence, stage directions and shots are structured in how they will occur.
As a group we decided to use eerie music at the very start of the opening title sequence because it is setting the scene for the audience, which is of a normal girl’s bedroom. However, the music will change when she grabs the box with a confidential folder, and scrapbook inside and slams it down onto her desk, diegetic sound (increased in volume in editing). The music will then be in a much faster pace as well as sounding quite sharp and raucous; which is exactly what we hope to find. Then throughout the sequence, we want to include diegetic sounds that overlap the background music, such as scissors cutting out paper, ripping noises of paper, pen scribbling on paper, highlighting paper etc. All of which will be examples of synchronous sounds as thew action that occurs onscreen will be increased in volume in the editing for a dramatic effect, will match the sound that plays simultaneously.
To make sure our group’s sound is clear and of high quality, we will use Matt’s sound recorder, the one we had previously used for our continuity task. Therefore, as it was effective and picked up the sound well, we decided to use it again due to it intensifying the sound which will be extremely good for when we want to edit in the certain noises to the sequence.
Kate, the producer in our group created the storyboard as shown below, to display our idea using photos from Google as well as using an image taken from the film Se7en’s title sequence because we liked the idea of having superimposition of pages from a scrapbook.
We researched different typography texts, that are free to use for our opening title/credit sequence.
For instance, Dafont.com is great because you can search for different styles of typography text, which as a group we discussed and came up with the idea of having the text looking like handwriting because our title sequence centres around the girl creating a scrapbook as well as adding to her mood board of the case for her missing friend.
Therefore, looking under the Script heading, we could choose from a variety of typography texts that look like a handwriting style such as:
Which is really good because it’s 100% free to use, meaning that it’s copyright free and would be effective in displaying what the girl’s handwriting would be like. On the other hand, I do find this text quite simple and would prefer the typography text to be slightly bolder and larger in size.
As it looks exactly like a child’s handwriting, it gives the impression that the girl is just a kid, but also is strange because the audience wouldn’t expect a girl to be involved in the themes of death, murder, violence at such a young age. So this handwriting contrasts the audience’s expectation of the girl who’s meant to be vulnerable, instead of appearing as the possible antagonist of the film. However, this text is free to use, up to the extent of donating some money to the author, therefore we will not use this because another font that’s very similar is copyright free to use.
As the character uses sharpie pens, which are thick marker pens, this looks very realistic to the idea of her labelling post it notes, photos and circling newspapers.
As the sequence becomes much more fast pace and tense, it’s understandable that the girl’s handwriting would have a scribble edge to it due to her being in a rush to complete the stalker board, and add to her notes in her scrapbook.
Likewise, the realism of this typography text for her already marked Polaroid pictures, is great because it’s not as bold as ‘Gabriel Weiss friends’, so not standing out as much because we want to keep the audience intrigued in the sequence, not being able to read clearly what she is writing down. Furthermore, creating suspense and leaving the audience anticipated to see what is going to happen, reinforcing the genre as a thriller because of this being a typical convention.
Due to our group having the idea that the opening credits/titles will be edited into the newspapers, (like in the headlines for instance), we looked at the text that could be suitable for this, under the ‘Stencil’ section of Dafont.com.
Here we came across these two styles, evident above, that are free for personal use. Both of which are effective in portraying the idea of having our names as the title to several newspaper articles. For the reason that ‘Top secret stamp’ stands out due to being in capital letters as well as having a worn out effect to it, implying that the character has had these newspapers for a while; adding a sense of mystery to our opening credits. However, ‘Modern Stencil’ is much bolder which will instantly grab the audience’s attention; the only problem/question to ask is if we will divert their attention from something that is perhaps important to their understanding of the narrative.
But also, the above typography text is great because it looks extremely similar to the style of text that’s actually used in newspapers, therefore if as a group, we decide to use this 100% free typography, it will be very realistic and the mise-en-scene will be very effective in our opening title sequence for a thriller film.