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The opening sequence if a film is particularly important as the filmmaker needs to attract the attention of the audience. Discuss the ways in which the opening of Clueless ensures the audiences attention.

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Gemma Wallace Mrs. Edwards English Coursework - Clueless Essay Question - The opening sequence if a film is particularly important as the filmmaker needs to attract the attention of the audience. Discuss the way's in which the opening of 'Clueless' ensures the audience's attention. The opening section to 'Clueless' is successful because it immediately catches the audience's attention. The credits, at the beginning of the film, are the first indication of the genre of the film. They zoom onto the screen left and right. We are particularly drawn to the bright, bold and youthful colours. This may suggest the film is for young people. There is background music during the credits, 'kids of America'. Moreover, the film title itself may specify the genre of the film; the name 'Clueless', together with the appropriate music, may be associated with teenagers misunderstanding in the modern world. Even the film company who produced this film may give clues on the genre of the film. 'Paramount' is owned by 'MTV'; a music channel very popular with teenagers. The next scene of the film is what is known as a 'montage'. ...read more.

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We recognise he and Cher have a maid, telling us yet again the extent of their wealth. Once Cher's father reaches the kitchen we witness how Cher looks after her father and their personality differences. Firstly, Cher is wearing bright coloured clothing whereas her father is wearing a dull, grey coloured suit. These colours may reflect their personalities. The director uses a panning shot to show Cher following her Dad around the kitchen. We recognise that they argue like a married couple. As Cher is following Dad they are both arguing and we catch a glimpse of the maid hid behind a wall. This could tell us Cher's father is scary or possibly intimidating, this is understandable as he is a lawyer. The voice over helps us relate and get a very accurate impression of Cher's father. Following this scene, we see Cher driving her car on her way to school. On the way, she picks up her friend, Dionne. We recognise their similarities. In this scene there is a voice over, this helps introduce Dionne to us. ...read more.

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As Cher is giving a speech at the front of the class, there is patriotic music in the background. Together with the camera getting closer and closer to Cher and the class applause after her speech; establishes her popularity again. When Cher receives her report card and she discovers she gained a grade C she seems very disappointed and immediately rings her friend Dionne. As Cher and Dionne both walk out of their classes they bump into each other in the corridor. We observe how they, like outside, stand out; in the sense that their clothes stand out. Other people move out of the way for the friends. We are then given another example of 'valley' speak from the girls. Throughout the opening sequence of Clueless our curiosity is sustained and our expectations for the rest of the film are created. We witness how camera shots help us comprehend with the characters lifestyles and mannerisms. As an audience, we develop a relationship with the characters; particularly in the opening sequence of the film it is noticeably of a modern teen genre. We are drawn into the film immediately and are left wanting to find out more about the characters. The filmmaker is successful in gaining our attention early on in the film. ...read more.

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