Sunday, 6 November 2011
LION KING OPENING!
1.) Extreme Long Establishing 2.) Low Angle C.U- Rhino 3.) Low Angle C.U- Gazelle 4.) Low Angle M.S- Meerkats 5.) Low Angle M.S- Cheetah 6.) L.S- Birds 7.) Tracking- Flying Birds 8.) High Angle- Birds Over Waterfall 9.) L.S- Elephants 10.) High Angle Slow Tracking- Birds 11.) L.S- Gazelle 12.) Low Angle Tracking- Giraffe 13.) Level Tracking- Giraffe Up Hill 14.) Pan to L.S- The Heard 15.) High Angle C.U- Ants 16.) Low Angle- Birds 17.) Tracking M.S- Zebra 18.) Tracking M.S- Birds On Tusk 19.) Tilted Birds Eye Tracking 20.) High Angle Tracking Zoom- Pride Rock 21.) Zoom to C.U- Mufasa 22.) High Angle M.S- Zazu 23.) Low Angle Zoom- Mufasa 24.) M.S- Antelope 25.) Low Pan 26.) C.U- Mufasa 27.) Low Tracking- Rafiki 28.) M.S Zoom To Full Length- Mufasa & Rafiki 29.) M.S- Family 30.) C.U Zoom- Simba 31.) Low Angle C.U Zoom- Rafiki 32.) High Angle M.S- Simba 33.) Low Angle C.U- Fruit 34.) Tilt Downwards To C.U- Rafiki 35.) High Angle C.U- Simba 36.) C.U- Dirt 37.) High Angle C.U- Simba 38.) C.U- 2 Lions 39.) High Angle C.U- Simba 40.) M.S- Rafiki 41.) Low Angle L.S- Pride Rock 42.) Slow Zoom To Birds Eye View 43.) Low Angle Zoom Continued 44.) High Angle C.U- Simba Lifted 45.) Low Angle L.S- Simba In Air 46.) Low Angle M.S- Elephants 47.) Low Angle L.S- Rafiki 48.) M.S- Monkey 49.) Low Angle L.S- Rafiki & Simba 50.) C.U Of Feet & Tilt- Zebra 51.) High Angle M.S Pan- Simba's Back 52.) Low Angle L.S Pan- Around Simba 53.) Low Angle- Sky 54.) L.S- Raising Simba 55.) M.S Tracking- Animals 56.) Zoom Out Into Extreme L.S- All Animals & Pride Rock
How Are Character Types Established?
Characters can be defined through their positioning in this scene, status plays a huge part in the whole film, and with the characters being on their different levels this can be conveyed. For Example: King Mufasa is of the highest status, therefore stood above Pride Rock. The M.S of the small animals sat on the elephants tusk also represents the close relationships and equality they are surrounded by.
How Is Location Established?
The establishing shot of the sun rising revealing a huge open space with just a tree; initially portrays a heavily spatial, non-restricted environment. With the fiery tones and entry of the safari suited animals, it is soon obvious to be a huge savannah, with a strong African inspired feel.
How Is The Narrative Constructed?
There is a feel of anticipation when viewing the different types of animals all on a journey together at the start, from this, the audience become aware that something about to happen is going to involve the huge variety of animals. When Simba is raised, followed by the uproar this creates, there is a celebration. It is clear he is going to make an impact on the feature, and by the status of his family it can become predictable that he will have, if not already, excessive power.
How Does Opening Reflect Genre Of Film?
The Animation is noticeable straight away, with the dramatic music and upbeat feel from all of the individual animals shown, a family feel-good feature is created. The expressions and creativity used in the making of the characters makes it apparent that this is aimed at children, and with the inspiring and theatrical feel, it could be a drama with an encouraging moral to tell.
Is opening appropriate for a film of this genre?
It has a huge impact with the different colours, angles, pace and characters used. This would definitely grip any child, and any member of the family, with a climax that creates excitement and drama prematurely. The realism of the gestures given from the animals is great to see from an animation feature, definitely suiting the children/drama genre.
How Have Titles Been Used?
The title is presented at the end of the opening, followed by the build up of the music and is displayed with the last hard hitting beat. The fiery red font suits the environment it is set in, and is very broad and powerful. Although, the red paired with the black background can create a contrasting sinister feel, which could be an indicator for the trials faced later in the feature.
In Your View Is This An Effective Opening?
Being 4 minutes long and building anticipation with every second, united with the powerful and undeniably incredible music, this opening sets such a standard for the story. Almost every character is introduced, along with the theme of 'the circle of life' being enhanced by the strong lyrics early on. The atmosphere and setting can only make you feel optimistic and energized.