Finally! I finished my film opening task but this is not the end, I should find a film to compare my film with to see if I have covered all the techniques of a successful film opening. I decided to choose the same film I choose in my research which is If I Stay.
The film If I stay talks about a girl called Mia who is cellist, her parents and brother dies in an accident when she was with them, she was the only survivor. The film revolves around flashbacks that Mia starts to remember after the accident happened. Mia is dating a guy who is a guitarist. They had some issues because she had to choose between him and her college.
Both my film and if I stay has the same genre. the also kind of have the same message. The main ideas in the film If I Stay were about family relationship and facing all the difficulties in order to stay alive and to stay with her boyfriend. In my family the main story was about the relationship between mother and daughter but it is not an ordinary relationship. Also my opening film starts with revealing secrets.
If I Stay started with a soundtrack and a voice over. and then a dialogue between the family. There was radio that was broadcasting that there is no school for that day. This was a diegetic because I was able to see the radio. In my film I also used alarm sound and a voice over then a dialogue. This was kind of similar to the film If I stay. Even my soundtrack was dramatic.
My film contained many various shots such as Extreme long shot, long shot, closeup, over the shoulder, medium shot, and medium close up shot. However the difference between my film and the film If I stay is that my opening scene contains more shots and I didn’t add an establishing shot while If I stay contained an establishing shot in the first scene.
Another difference is the credits. All my credits appeared in the second and third scene. While all the credits in the film If I stay appeared at the end of the film. The title of If I stay appeared immediately after the intro production introduction. While my title appeared after the first scene ended.
|Extreme Close up|
|Point of view
|Over the shoulder
synchronous sound of her footsteps, ambient sound
soundtrack fades in and out
New soundtrack fades in and out
Voice over with reverb effect
direct sound , dialogue , soundtrack
dialogue ,soundtrack, sound mixing