Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Rob Shaw (The Producer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Wrenched", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer). Here is a link to our final cut! There are various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions! Remember there are links lists on the side of this blog to make it easier to navigate to useful posts!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

RS - Sample Opening - The Toolbox Murders

The Toolbox Murders (Dennis Donnelly, 1978)
Remake in 2004 Directed by Tobe Hooper, apparent sequel in the make
Budget: $185K
No Box Office Found
Banned for 18 years from 1982 to 2000 in the UK

  • The strange music signifies horror genre
  • Genre clearly denoted, anchored with POV shots, the drill, drunk woman (typically the person to get killed)
  • Red font signifies the genre
  • Flash backs (orange tint is used to show that they are flashbacks)
  • Narrative enigma because you can't see the murderers face
  • Rips up the flowers in the flashback, could foreshadow things to come in the film
  • The clothing he is wearing signifies that he is middle class
  • The drill (weapon) anchors the genre
  • When he goes into the apartment the music changes, this creates tension and can predict that something bad is about to happen
  • Organ used for the music, signifies a low budget 70's film
  • Piano notes signify tragedy 
  • Blue tint to signify coldness
  • The record player can anchor the time period as most houses don't usually have them anymore
  • Clothes and the hairstyles anchor time period
  • Accents anchor the location
Techniques we can use from this:

  • The problem with this opening is that it is too long, and not much happens in the opening, the man just drives around for a while. The shots are too long for our opening to be good

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