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An alternative film opening for 'How to Kill a Mocking Bird'

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To Kill A Mocking Bird Alternative Film Opening The picture starts with nothing- just white. Then slowly black trickles in, outlining objects, trees, houses and most importantly a young girl. Scout. The picture is in black and white, although you can clearly tell the child is playing in dirt. The opening credits start suddenly, and carry on as the little girl piles up the dirt then sweeps her hand across it to knock it all down. She draws people- 2 small, childish people and then another, but with one small movement she wipes them away and as the credits draw to an end the girl smiles to herself, but not malevolently- innocently. She picks up a stick from the road, and as the soft, piano music plays, she writes the title of the film (To Kill A Mocking Bird) ...read more.

Middle

The camera focuses on what's left of the title... TO KILL. The picture moves on from the dirt to start setting the scene. The camera gradually turns to colour, although it takes a while, and it's done effectively, so the camera is circling round the town as the colour starts to fill in the picture. The camera circles dusty streets, showing that they are busy- but no one is in a rush, everyone is just rambling. A voiceover in a harsh, rusty, old women's voice ("Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it...") begins as a man sweeps the dusty roadside, dressed in patched up dungarees and although the colour is gently and smoothly flooding in the picture, the man's checked shirt below the overalls is still black. ...read more.

Conclusion

By now, everything is in vibrant colour- yet it's not vibrant or bright, it's almost dull- like not only the town is tired, but the people are too. ("Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by night were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum. End of voiceover 1.") The camera now swivels round to see a woman going into a run-down house at the end of the street, looking around cautiously before entering. The camera then snaps back to the girl who is seen watching the women for a moment but who then turns her head to see her brother running towards her, returning from his last day at school before the summer holidays. For the last time in the opening, the camera swivels round, and when it returns to the spot where the two children are, they are already playing unsuspectingly... unwittingly...unknowingly. ...read more.

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