The beginning of movies, for a filmmaker who is attempting to replicate a professional movie design, is an important aspect to monitor, if the movie should be as professional as it can be. For our coursework, we are required to create a professional movie opening, which should last about two minutes, and should replicate a real movie. I researched the conventions for movie introductions, so that we could produce a realistic film opening.
Here are a few points I have noticed, which seem to be conventions which are shown in the introduction of a movie:
- Movie introductions always contain the production companies.
- The introductions always contain the production companies’ logos. The companies are usually ordered in an order that would appeal to the viewer (for example, big 20th Century Fox ident before a smaller company’s).
- The idents are also usually shown in order of importance, meaning if two large film companies worked together, the main one that held the original idea would be shown first.
- The idents last for quite a while.
- The idents, although they seem as if they only last a few seconds, usually last for around ten seconds – quite a large slot of time, for a two minute video!
- The idents usually have some sort of sound design attached to them.
- Although some smaller film companies don’t have loud, widely known soundtracks playing as their ident appears, they usually come with a small snippet of audio.
- Confident directors regularly overwrite their own soundtrack onto the ident of a production company (usually in that company’s style).
- After idents, main actors, production companies and directors are listed on the screen.