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, 19 January 2011

AN - Sample Opening - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Budget: $80k
US Box Office: $30m
UK Box Office: Non Given

  • Time period anchored with text at the beginning
  • Non-diagetic sound in background, nothing on the screen just black, narrative enigma
  • Flash of decomposed hand, half a second on the screen
  • Flash of decomposed face
  • Flash of decomposed feet
  • Signifies CSI (the flashes) so something has happened to the bodies the police want to find out about
  • Flash of decomposed head
  • The music adds tension
  • Flash of hands again
  • Flash of teeth and then decomposed face
Techniques we can take from the opening:

  • We could anchor our time period like this film at the start of ours and maybe anchor a location to give the audience more information on it.

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