Opening Sequence Research 4 (Matthew Edson)

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Sequences 11-15:

Sequences 11-15 Matthew Edson

Iron Man 3:

Iron Man 3 Using a jazzy soundtrack , this sequence uses fast paced cuts and freeze-frames (which are coloured in a comic book fashion). This fast pace shows that the film is an action film, this is reinforced by the fast paced music used. The use of war planes, guns and various other “gadgets” during the sequence shows that the following film will be intense and of the action genre. This is further supported by the fast paced cuts. The lighting for sequence is mostly low key . This gives the viewer a sense of danger and adds to the intensity of the sequence. The music is intense, given a sense of urgency and tension to the viewer. Freeze-frames are sometimes used to show the job of a particular crew member. (When the costume designer is mentioned, a character wearing an elaborate costume is shown). I would use this in my production as it further reminds the viewer of each persons role. The costume shows the viewer that the film is contemporary. Click here to see the sequence

Johnny English:

Johnny English The sequence is a parody, in many ways, of the James Bond sequences. The titles are formerly silver in colour, however the main title is in the colour scheme of the Union Flag. Showing how the main character is a stereotypical “British hero”. To show how the film is mostly comic, both the shots of English and the lyrics of the song are comic. This portrays to the audience that despite the underlying dark plot of the film , it is still meant to be funny and good for all audiences. The costumes worn by the characters are all formal, implying that they are well off, professional people. The soundtrack uses both ambient sound along with a non-diegetic theme tune. Along with sound effects that add to the many comic moments that are featured in the sequence. To watch the sequence, click here

Mr Beans Holiday:

Mr Beans Holiday Starting with a fade from black to colour this sequence uses ambient sound (rainfall) to set the scene as a typical English village. While the titular character is not shown until par way through the sequence, there are many different references to him. Such as his notable car, someone running under his jacket and his famous way of looking his car. This keeps the audience in suspense, while still giving them something to laugh at, further confirming that the film is a comedy. Fast Paced cuts are used to keep the character hidden until he is revealed. For the most part ambient sound is the main part of the soundtrack in this sequence. However, when the director wanted to show the importance of the prize which Mr Bean ends up winning diegetic sound in the from of “Beyond the Sea” is played. Highlighting that this is an important part of the sequence. However, this then changes to an excited non-diegetic piece of music once Mr Bean has won the prize. Showing the characters excitement. The Mais- en -scene is very modern and uses modern props and costumes to show that the film is contemporary . The titles are small, and all in a orange/blue colour scheme. To view the sequence, click here

Pirates of the Caribbean :

Pirates of the Caribbean Opening with a foggy scene from which a Royal Navy ship emerges, the camera zooms in to an extreme close up on a young Elizabeth Swan. Showing how important she will be to the movie. Close ups and extreme close ups are used through out the sequence, to show the important of all the characters in the sequence. As the raft with the un-moving figure of a young boy appears in the fog, there are long shots used to show the action that is taking place on the water. Mais- en -scene for this sequence is at some point during the late 1700s with the uniforms and props being from that period. The ambient sound of the sequence is that of the sea, however a mixture of diegetic and non-diegetic sound is used throughout. Most notably the young girl singing a sea-shanty and the string heavy orchestral piece that becomes more noticeable the further on you move through the sequence. To watch the sequence, click here


Zulu Opening with a zoom onto the telegram sent by Lord Chelmsford, with a non-diegetic voice over of a news report. Zulu opens with a direct to the point opening sequence. There is soon a change, as a fading transition to the scene that the voice over describes. Displaying to the audience the destructive power of the Zulus. The panning shot that follows, also leads to a change in soundtrack to some diegetic sound. That of the burning wagons. The scene is littered with dead bodies of soldiers who have fallen fighting the Zulus. The mais - en -scene for the scene for the scene is correct for the period of 1879, which is when the film is set, with the set and costume being mostly correct. This, along with the bodies and earlier voice over shows the audience that the film is going to be a period war drama. At the end of the sequence, there is a short title is block capitals saying the name of the film. This also causes a change in soundtrack to the famous “Zulu Theme” To watch the sequence, click here

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