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In our group there is Becky Wholley (featured left) and me, Hannah Ferreira. We are producing a 2 minute film opening of the horror genre. The Film title is Sleep Tight.
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Friday, 14 January 2011

Deconstruction of The shining

Release date: 1980
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Budget: $22,000,000
Opening weekend (USA): $622,337

The opening two minutes follows a car driving through a mountainous region of North America. (The country location is connoted by the side of the road the car was driving on). The film opens with an establishing shot of the rural surroundings. Is is a mid angle and it zooms in for a clearer image of the car. 
The opening is filmed from a flying birds eye view panning forward as a dutch angle. This helps the audience to see that it is a remote area as there are many trees and few cars and houses. The birds eye view is very high up which connotes vulnerability of the car being followed. 
There is non-diagetic music playing involving trumpets which give it a dramatic feel. As the camera zooms in further, the music grows in intensity; the volume increases and sounds like a climax build up. The titles run over the scene shots. They are in capital letters and serif font. This follows the classic codes and conventions of horror films however the font colour is an unusual powder blue. This could signify something out of the ordinary will happen, or something is not as it seems.
From looking at the opening two minutes, it doesn't look like a classic slasher film due to the bright day light and the idyllic location and without the dramatic music it would be difficult to define the genre.

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