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Compare the opening sequence credits of these films: 'Se7en' and 'Psycho'

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Compare the opening sequence credits of these films: 'Se7en' and 'Psycho' Cinema has been a part and parcel of our life. We have been entertained by the movies all our life. It is a great means to distress a person and get away from the real world into the reel world. The children of this generation are all professional movie goers. Then there is also the piracy of movies on the internet. But even as this prevails, nothing beats the sheer excitement of being in a cinema with the huge screen in front of you and the Dolby sound surrounding you. The opening credits sequence is an important part of the movie as it is the first thing the audience will see to prepare them for the story lines that will face them. It informs the audience of the whole crew involved in making the movie, like the makers, director, actors, producers etc. It creates the appropriate atmosphere for the audience and also builds up tension. Furthermore, it also gives the audience a glimpse of the genre and the events of the movie. ...read more.

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In contrast to that is Seven, in which the actor's name is first. It stands alone and this also stresses the fact that the movie is marketed on him. This highlights the shift in the domination of cinema from the directors in 1960 to the actors in 1995. In Psycho, the words are split which can imply the idea of split personality. Seven has a faint link to Psycho as in the words are written in a shaky writing, which is childlike. This may represent the untidy, unclear mind of the person in question. The title of the movie Psycho suggests insanity, violence and a disturbed mind to the audience. They will come prepared for the movie. Similar to that is Se7en which is also a visual pun (seven! 7!). It raises questions in the audience's minds regarding its meaning and the film's genre. The use of colour and images is also important. The key difference is that in Seven, lots of vibrant images are used whereas in Psycho, only 2D shapes are used. Black and white colour is used for the shapes in Psycho. This use of black and white shows contrast between good and evil. It relates to the genre. ...read more.

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Another important thing is that earlier, importance was given to the director of the movie and the actors were secondary. But as the years passed, there has been a shift in marketing power from the directors in 1960 to the actors in the present world. In conclusion, both movies Psycho and Se7en have a similar effect on the audience. Both are trying to say the same thing. Although the use of colour, images and music in Seven is very different from Psycho, they have the same intended effect. They are effective as they bring about tension and excitement in the audience. They involve the audience and make them want to see the movie further. I personally felt that the opening credits sequence of Seven was more effective than Psycho as it was more complicated and made the audience think. It grabbed my attention and made me want to watch the movie. The gross images, the distinct music, the contrasting colours all came together well to give a great opening sequence. As I am used to fast paced colour shots, I felt the credits sequence of Psycho a bit boring as there was nothing but music and black/white lines. But I appreciate it as it is appropriate for the audience of 1960. ...read more.

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