Conventions of a movie introduction.

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:

  1. Movie introductions always contain the production companies.
    1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. The idents last for quite a while.
      1. 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!
    4. The idents usually have some sort of sound design attached to them.
      1. 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.
      2. Confident directors regularly overwrite their own soundtrack onto the ident of a production company (usually in that company’s style).
    5. After idents, main actors, production companies and directors are listed on the screen.

 

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