Below shows a nine frame sequence of valid frames that i feel shows the conventions of a thriller film, which has come from my very on thriller opening sequence.
The title of the film 'Dream Chaser' appears on the first frame of the storyboard. All the letters start out of focus then gain focus as each letter become closer together. The title appears over a black back drop in a solid white typography, i did this as i wanted the simplicity of the sequence to carry the most effect. Both colours contrasted very well together, making it clear and easy for the audience to read. All the letters are capital making the title to look powerful, allowing it to stand out to the audience. I used 'Livetype.' to create the title and imported it into final cut, fitting it into my opening sequence.
The second frame on the storyboard focuses on the location of the scene. The frame clearly shows the audience where this scene is located and can be looked at as an high angle long shot / establishing shot. This is the location where my protagonist is in 'the disruption' as he clashes with the antagonist. The establishing shot appears very early within the opening sequence so the audience instantly know where they are before anything takes place.
Objects and props where used in the third frame, this included a cassette and a teddy bear. I thought about the mise-en-scene very carefully and felt these props where essential to make the sequence as realistic as it can be. The cassette is a prop dropped by the antagonist, which secret agencies have captured on CCTV as a part of evidence on a very serious case. The teddy bear was used as it represents my protagonist's personality as he purchased it from the local toy shop for his girlfriend.
The fourth frame shows some of my camera work and editing. In this frame it shows four shots put together, each representing a CCTV camera within the premises. This is where 'the disruption' takes place. The shot puts the audience in the shoes of the secret agency viewing the CCTV footage. I decided that each shot should be a high angle long shot. This makes the shots seem more realistic as CCTV cameras are normally above us in hidden corners.
The opening titles are also in a a white typography with a black back drop, keeping the simplicity of the opening sequence. I used the 'American typewriter' font as i felt it will fit in well with the visuals. Each credit is placed on the bottom left of the frame and fades over the next shot. I kept this consistent with all opening titles.
The opening sequence instantly shows the audience what the genre the film is. This is done through the 'REC' placed in the bottom right corner. It's in a red font and shows the audience that these shots are coming directly from a CCTV camera. This will then lead the audience to think that the genre is along the lines of a crime thriller. The audience should also notice the sub genre 'man on the run', this is because of the innocence shown by the protagonist when he bumps into the antagonist.
My protagonist is introduced in the early seconds of my opening sequence as he shops at the local toy store looking for a present to get for his girlfriend. The shot isn't clear as it comes directly from the CCTV footage, we later on get a clear shot of him as he bumps into my protagonist. He's dressed in casual colourful clothing, representing his personality to be peace seeking.
Suspense is built during the entire opening sequence, through the audio and edits. The audio fits well with the visuals as it's mellow. The piano is played within the score and energy is built as we get closer to the disruption. The edits start at a normal pace, building suspense as edits speed up along with the audio; keeping the audience at the edge of their seats.
This final frame illustrates some special effects i put on the CCTV shots. a 'noise' effect is use giving the 'fuzzy' effect on the frame, showing the audience that the footage is coming from another source. A 'Bad TV' effect is also shown within this final frame as the footage seems to distort, as if the signal is being interrupted. A colour corrector was also used editing the blacks, whites and saturation of the CCTV shots. By increasing the blacks and decreasing the whites i was able to make the shots seem darker, building effect within the audience.