This is our contact sheet for our opening sequence. The first frame is of our main title. We decided to have the main title at this point as it enters dramatically. This is because the music changes and gets louder, also the picture changes from black to the panning shot. We chose the title ‘Retribution’ meaning “punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved”. This title would be typical of an action thriller.
The second frame we chose is of the setting. It is a fade between the building and the skyline panning shot. It has an urban feel and suggest industrial trading. The purpose of the the purpose of the building is to show that the opening is set in a run down, secluded area. These types of shots are typical of openings as they put the audience in the right frame of mind for the film.
The third frame is to represent our costumes and props. It is of the petrol being poured over the hostage character. It shows the murderer character in a suit costume and the gerry can which is being used to poor petrol on the victim. We put our murderer character in a suit as it makes him look more important and higher up to the hostage. It is also a typical thing for openings to do because it helps the audience to understand who is who.
The fourth frame is to show our font. The font that we chose was called ‘Dirty Ego’. We found it on www.dafont.com. We chose this font because the style of the font looks rough, dirty and it has a stencil like appearance.
The fifth is to show genre and how our opening suggests it. We used this frame as it shows the genre well because it includes the violence and crime with the bat and also the different characters. We were aiming for a british crime/thriller so this frame is a good representation of this genre.
The sixth frame we used is to show how our opening sets up the story for the rest of the film. This frame has the character lighting a stick which he then throws onto the petrol which gives the impression of setting the hostage on fire. In this shot you don’t actually see the fire being lit but you hear the stick being thrown onto the petrol soaked ground. The way which this holds the suspense and ends on a cliff hanger is typical of our genre because it gets the viewer excited.
Our seventh frame is to illustrate how the characters are introduced. We think this frame does this well as it shows the hostage in the background as well as the other character in the foreground.
The eighth frame is of a shadow of the hostage being hit with a bat. This is to show our ideas for camera work. This is one of the shots that we are most pleased with as it is a less common shot and is more imaginative. We used a shadow because it keeps the mystery and doesn’t show the characters faces. This is to build up more tension and atmosphere. It is typical of openings to not give too much away as this can make the rest of the film boring.
Our final frame is a close up of the petrol being poured on the hostage. We chose this frame to represent special effects as the petrol in the shot is actually just water. We only used live action effects in our opening. This is typical of british crime films as guns etc. do not appear in real british crime.