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Analyse the opening sequence from Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope. What makes it an effective opening?

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Media Assignment Star Wars Question: Analyse the opening sequence from Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope. What makes it an effective opening? A movie is a series of moving images. The reason we forget that a film isn't reality is because it allows us to escape from reality and our own lives. Film makers' use many different captive types of medium to entices us such as bill board posters, advertisements in magazines and on television. Genres give the audience a pre conception of what the film is going to be about. Sci-fi gives the expectations of Space, aliens or futuristic elements. George Lucas uses a variety of different ways of engaging the audience. The chase sequence is a very exhilarating, energetic way of capturing the audiences' attention and views of the future. The diocese is very informative. The battle at the start of the film is was rare for the time in which the film was made unlike now where battle sequences are not that rare just like the battle sequence in "TROY" George Lucas used a type of ???????? ...read more.

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Whereas costumes brighten up and liven up the film they also allow us to distinguish between the good and the bad. C3P0 + R2D2 are very timid, neutral characters who are the first characters in the film we meet. They inform us the audience about the danger hence the comment "They've shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure!" and also give us an insight into the story so far. For instance Marshals and Star troopers are very contrasting characters. Where the Star troopers are very heavily armoured, the Marshals have very inadequate armour and artillery. However we also see the loyalties of the star troopers towards Darth Vader this is clearly a sign of supremacy from Darth Vader. Darth Vader is a very evil, dark and calculation person. he plan the attack on (d lil') ship, However he relies on his Star troopers to do his dirty work and locate the files and round up the prisoners. ...read more.

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These all being at the start of the film, give the audience a brief idea of the infinity of space and the size of the ships. Point of view shots are very important in the opening sequence. During the conversation between Darth Vader and Princess Leia, we see a high angle shot from Darth Vader's perspective, looking down on the princess. This not only reminds us of his height but symbolises his dominance. Similarly the point of view shot from Princess Leia's perspective is a low angle shot, highlighting her vulnerability. This is a very interesting opening to a film created in the late 1970s wich leads me to the conclusion that George Lucas is a very clever man. The suspense and anxiety created are built slowly over a short length of time but still encapsulate an audience and considering we only meet 4 main characters we can clearly define the good and bad. The action packed opening grips the audience and cements the viewer immediately. ?? ?? ?? ?? Benjaman Tobias Locke 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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