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!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

SP - Sample Opening - Madhouse

Madhouse (William Butler, 2004)
Budget: $3m
Remake of the 1974 film

  • Lots of narrative enigma (no dialogue is used in the first sequence)
  • Variety of different shots including lots of cut shots
  • Begins with a panning shot
  • Blue tint is used to signify loneliness, or cold
  • Blood dripping foreshadowing something happening later on in the film
  • Curtains blowing in the background
  • Could be a hospital or an asylum (polysemic)
  • Narrative enigma of the baby drowning
  • Ends with a cut shot to a drawing

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