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Skyfall: Title Deconstruction

Titles:
The titles for the film are simple and stylish. The text is not complicated and is easy to read. They fit the genre of film that they are in. Throughout the opening titles the text is positioned in certain areas of the shot so not to

detract too much from the action on screen. The white writing counters the dark and murky background they are placed giving them a presence but not s much so that they irritate the viewers vision.

Camera Work:
The camera movements throughout the titles are quite simple. The most used movement in the titles is panning. The camera moves into the image; as if travelling through the characters thoughts; conveying the sense of never ending movement and continuation of the story. I really like this technique because it draws to viewers eyes into the frame and creates this feeling of emersion in the film. Another camera movement used is a relatively simple one; they positioned the

camera over the top of the actor. This gives the impression that the character is weak and not in control of the situation. This can then win the audiences support for the character and creates a personnel relationship between him and audience.

At the beginning of the titles the camera follows the action on screen by tilting. At the beginning of the shot the camera is somewhat level with the character, giving the idea that the character is in some control of the situation. But as the shot goes on the camera tilts down to follow him creating the idea that the character is losing control and is, in this case, falling into the abyss.

Mise-en-scene:
The titles are set in two different locations; one being water and the other the characters mind. The water continues on from the opening scene where the character is shot. It shows his body dropping to the bottom of what seems to be the ocean. But as he continues to fall to the bottom of the sea he enters his own thoughts and a surrealistic vibe is created.

As he travels through his thoughts the setting changes often and become unique to his experiences and memories. One of the most poignant settings is the graveyard. This conveys the idea to the audience that the character has a sinister side that was not originally shown. The settings continue to change throughout the opening; these include the grounds of a house, the open ocean and a hall of mirrors. These allow the audience to slowly view more of the characters conscious and deepest feelings. The lighting does not really change throughout the piece. At the beginning the light is strong and bright, as the character is just below the surface of the water. But as the titles go on the light becomes dimmer because the character is travelling deeper into his thoughts so I falling deeper into the murky depths of the ocean. At certain points in the titles the lighting changes. It replicates search lights scouring the settings for the character. This then gives the audience an idea that the character is running away from something and is not in control of the situation. At one point in the opening credits the only light is provided by burning targets and by Chinese dragons. This is an interesting use of lighting to portray anarchy and power.

There are very few props for these titles. The main and only props is the characters pistol. This features often throughout adding to the idea that the character has a crueler side.

The costumes are also very simple as there is only one character. He wears a suit and tie, a relatively simple outfit that manufactures the association between the character and professionalism.

The editing throughout is always puching the narrative forward. The way the scenes transiton from one to another is very slick and smooth and does not detract from the main story on screen. One of the best transitions is when the camera slides into a cloud of smoke or dust and is then transported to the next scene. This looks really professional and is practically unnoticable to the audience who have their eyes fixed firmly on the story and action on screen. The use of CGI is meticulously thoughout and works really well. Most of the settings and effects are created with CGI so it played a major role in the success of these titles. The most amazing and exciting example of CGI is the chinese dragons that are featured. The colors are so vibrant and exhilarating that the audience cannot take their eyes off the screen. The editing itself is reasonably fast in pace to keep the viewer interested. This pacing excites the viewer and makes them want to know what. But the main editing point of these titles is the sound. The director and the editor have sat down and chosen a very powerful song, this with the fast paced editng pushes the action and story to the audience. So to not detract the audiences attention from the music there are no sound effects bar the beginning when the character is dropped into the water. Throughout this piece the character is presented in many different ways. At the start he is represented as vulnerable and fearful of his fate but as the story goes on a different side is portrayed with the introduction of guns, knives and graveyards; all telling the audience that there is more the this character than was first thought. For my production I would like to use the unspoken language of the piece. The fact that the audience can slowly but surely find different personalities of the character is really exciting and a useful tool in telling the viewer what is in

store for the rest of the film. Also the use of powerful music; this gives the audience confidence that this is a good film and that they will enjoy it.