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Film Opening by Mind Map: Film Opening
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Film Opening

Conventions

Red Colour Theme

Connotation, Blood, Danger, Evil

Tense Music

Builds tension/suspense

Leads up to a jump scare

Death

Usually see the death of an unimportant character

Suggests there will be more deaths

Slow Paced

Builds tension

Keeps the audience on edge

Location

Establishing shots

Shows the audience where part of the film could potentially be set

Diegesis

Diegetic

Heavy Breathing

Footsteps

Running through leaves

Non-Diegetic

Fast Paced Music (Chase Scene)

Slow Paced Music (Builds Tension)

Cinematography

Close Ups

Tracking Shot

POV Shot

Establishing Shot

Match on Action

Long/Medium Shot

Pan

Tilt

Dolly Zoom

Setting

Woods

Typical setting for horror movies

Quiet; as people never usually go there, which makes the film more realistic

Empty house

Typical setting for horror films

Gives the film a creepy/spooky feel, especially during the evening

Plot

First Scene

Begins in the woods

The victim is out for a casual jog

Antagonist is seen and victim runs away

The victim then trips over

Second Scene

The victim wakes up, in a room, tied to a chair

He then manages to escape from the chair

We see the antagonist grab his knife in the room below, after hearing the victim's footsteps

The victim tries to escape

The antagonist comes out of nowhere, and slices the victim's neck

Editing

Fast Paced

Chase Scene

Slow Paced

In the House

To Build Tension

Mise en Scene

Props

Knives

Duct Tape

Old Chair

Costumes

Victim, Casual Clothing, Tracksuit

Antagonist, Dark and Unrevealing, Hood to hide face

Lighting

Very Little Lighting

Dim Lamp

Natural

Characters

Victim

Unknown Antagonist

Production Companies

Anthony Wickenden & Deepak Dosanjh

Paranoia Pictures

Anthony Luongo

A L Productions