Opening Sequences

Fight Club:  

There is a conventional mise-en-scene while the camera visually travels through the human body the viewers are exposed to blue thunderbolts, which develop to a confusion of the mind and off balancing of the mental psych. Also, the film begins from the inside of the character’s body which demonstrates that the actions with decisions making by the character will affect him internally throughout the film. 

The editing of this opening sequence is quite repetitive with the many scenes used to create continuity with all the names of the cast, from behind the scenes to the others; are coming onto the screen with the same blue flashlight and dissolving in the same way.  This supports Gledhill’s theory on relaxing the audience into the film and piquing their interest by having Brad pitt and Edward Norton well known film stars.

Nonetheless the icy colors in this opening sequence are very apparent specifically blue. We are first shown the distributor’s logo, production company, as well as director in blue, then the opening sequence moves on to the actor’s names by starting with Brad Pitt.


Seven combines a variety of genres with combining the thriller genre aspects by having elements of crime, drama and mystery throughout the film. By using a plot of a heartless serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins, in one way or another lot of the recurring themes throughout the film is heavily established on religion, another theme throughout is this perception of mystery and detective work which suggests the elements contains many codes and conventions of a thriller during the film. 

The two star roles are detectives David mills played by (Brad Pitt) who is accompanied with old-timer detective William Somerset (Morgan freeman) who are chasing a psychopathic killer, which highlights the key stereotypical narratives within the thriller genre. 

After the short intro there is a title sequence with a mess of scratched frames and glitchy graphics set to a remix of Nine Inch Nail’s ‘Closer’. The soundtrack has a huge effect on the atmosphere as it consists of a disturbing continuous sound with occasional screeches and as the sequence progresses the music becomes louder which can start to build tension throughout the audience. 


From the opening sequence the audience will realise that the film will be based in the prison or mental asylum therefore revolve around it patients; the psychiatrist and the patient/inmate Chloe who is played by (Halle berry) who is the main protagonist in the film and featured in the opening sequence. The storyline will likely involve the psychiatrist attempting to solving the reasoning behind the inmates of the prison having ended up in jail, using her experience with the title of being a psychiatrist. No doubt with plot twists and dramatic encounters changing their lives and altering their reality throughout the course of the film – as is the way of thrillers. 

The movie is a psychological thriller, by the common low-key lighting effect that casts really dark shadows near chole which will developing suspense as well as going to creating mystery in the audience. Also, the use of cinematography, editing and mise-en-scene supported the scene to become tense with uneasy for the audience to watch. The use of montage from slow to quick editing allows the paranoia to escalate by the use, of close ups and fast paced editing that allows the viewers to feel a sense of panic.

Catch me if you can: 

The main concept of the opening sequence of ‘catch me if you can’ features an animated gentleman who appears to signify the main character and spends the entire scene trying to disguise himself and running relentlessly away from another character. He hides himself by changing outfits as the character enters different environments which indicates he is trying to adapt and disguise himself so he doesn’t get caught. Nonetheless it suggests to the audience he is attempting to con people which explains the shifty behavioral patterns. Lastly the main character played by (Leonardo DiCaprio) creates the impression that he is an experienced smooth con artist through the opening sequence even when it seems he’s in danger.

At the beginning of the opening credits it says “Leonardo DiCaprio” with bigger front then other actors/actress directly after the director’s name, emphasises that he plays a hugh role in the film; Leonardo DiCaprio is a very well know actor as well his name being the first of the actors/actresses therefore reinforces the idea that many fans may choose to watch the film because of a popular or a favorite actor features in it – meaning this may excite the audience. The opening title sequence has a mysterious style and each shot of the opening sequence uses different transitions for instance, the animated figure sliding down a rope in the next shot which implies the main character has a number of tricks and means to escape. 

As soon as the title sequence starts, the audience hear the non-diegetic sound of the music by John Williams who made the ‘Catch Me If You Can soundtrack’, which is enigmatic that is echoing the genre of the film. In one way or another, the music uses a variety of diverse tones, pitches as well speeds constructing the indication that it is telling a story to match the animations which appear on the screen. Furthermore, this gives the audience some insight into how the movie is going to set the tone.