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Deconstruction of a Film Opening - Edward Scissorhands

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Natasha Brown

on 8 November 2012

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Transcript of Deconstruction of a Film Opening - Edward Scissorhands

Titles The font used is highly Tim Burton-esque and white in colour to contrast the cold and slightly blue background of the title sequence. The effect of using this font adds to the audience subconsciously forming an image for the atmosphere of the film. Mise-en-Scene The whole title sequence is done in a cold grey/blue colour which is backed up by the first shot of snow which adds to the cold effect and there's little in the way of lighting. This is to make the whole atmosphere feel quite eery. Sound The music used in the background of the title sequence continues slightly into the first scene. Camera work Most of the camera work during the opening titles is panning and continuous. Whatever is on screen will be moving and there isn't a moment where the camera is still. This gives the effect of telling a story. Editing There's a part in the title sequence where shapes flash and then come together and fall which give it a slightly childlike quality. Edward Scissorhands Then when the film starts the setting is a little girl's bedroom where there is a burning fire and toys at the end of the bed. This instantly feels more homely than the last scene. When the scene changes to an grotesquely over emphasised American suburb with pastel painted houses and 80s style perfection. This greatly contrasts all scenes beforehand.This is used again to give the audience a bit of what to expect in this scene. It's waltz like in feel. Probably best described as twinkly with and eery element to it. There is choral singing but not any words to the song. Violins can also be heard. When the Grandma character at the beginning starts to tell her story there is more choir type singing to be heard and it feels kind of magical. Representation of Character Once the film properly starts we can see an over the shoulder long shot of a mansion on top of a hill from Grandma's perspective. For a lot of scenes that include conversation, most of the scene will be shot to show the reaction of the listener as opposed to showing the person who's talking which is unusual. For example, when Grandma is telling the little girl at the beginning a story, we see the little girl as the story's being told. There is another over the shoulder shot as we see Edward looking over the town and areal shots are used to move from one area of the town to another. This allows empathy. Establishing shots in the form of a suburb or van parked outside a house are also used. Blackouts are used between each new panning shot in the title sequence to properly change the scene. Transitions are in the form of moving aerial shots. The only cut between scenes is when it dramatically changes to the one of the suburb to show a definite distinction between the two different sections of the story. They fade in, slowly rotate slightly and then fade back out again. A couple of them, the title of the film for example, undertake an animation sequence whereby the split in the fashion of a pair of scissors. Edward is represented by the cold and snowy manor used in the title sequence and the pale on dark colours used. The mechanical movements of the objects in the title sequence add an element of supernatural and man made to his character. The little girl seeps innocence by her tone of voice and the setting of her bedroom. The people living in the suburb refelct the setting in the way that they are over the top in a seemingly perfect way. They remind me of the people and towns in 'The Cat in the Hat'. The Grandma is portrayed as an old but wise character from her tone of voice and the fact she's telling a story. It makes the viewer feel kind of shivery and they know it's going to be a little on the eery side.
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