In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
My title sequence has a very unique use of style and colour, this allows it to appeal more to a more creative and young audience opposed to the mass audience from a superhero film. There are many successful and well known dramas such as, Forrest Gump, The Notebook, Titanic, Shawshank Redemption that use dramatic themes like poverty, class division, racial prejudice, addiction and moral dilemmas in the film. These themes are the core of every drama, and can allow people to relate or connect on an emotional level, my title sequence uses love and some elements of class division to connect to the audience. My title sequence was heavily inspired by Wes Anderson and his unique use of colour and warm/yellow tones, you can see this in his title sequence Moonrise Kingdom.
Moonrise Kingdom, like many other Wes Anderson title sequences, relies heavily on use of props and music to establish a timeframe and style of the film, usually of an elegant style. A close up of the binoculars in the title sequence of Moonrise Kingdom allows a clear shot so the audience can focus on them, the film later shows the importance of the binoculars and how much relevance they had throughout the film and the narrative. I tried to do the same in my title sequence with the wooden box, my narrative consists of flashbacks to previous events of my main character, Walter Murphy's, life. The mise-en-scene and props help establish a time frame along with the soundtrack of the 1960s, the props help suggest this such as the record player, cassette players, type of toys (wooden not electronic), vintage style of the location, the carpet and colours are very old fashioned. I also tried to establish some of the narrative with the wedding ring in the box scenes.
However, most romantic dramas establish the genre clearer in the title sequence, for example The Notebook features and man and woman in the sequence as well as Dirty Dancing which is continuos shots of close ups of men and women dancing passionately together. You can also see form the stills that both of these title sequences have red tones, red having connotations of contrasting views such as love and danger, but in this case love. The only element of love shown in my title sequence is the soundtrack, where it literally refers to the word 'love'. Although you can tell my title sequence is an Drama, the sub genre hasn't been made as clear as other similar title sequence.
My title sequence narrative can be established clearly, the getting ready routine represents everyday life and shows the life of the character. The jump cuts of the pictures of the characters portrays the flashbacks of the narrative as well as building more character, i specifically chose to film the painting of the poppies to represents the flashback and resemble the war scenes in the narrative. The box contains memorabilia in which contains black and white photos of children and a wedding ring which shows marriage and love.
My film conforms to the conventions as my narrative exhibits a real life situation, this can be shown in my title sequence through the basic morning routine, my characters are realistic and represent the life of ordinary people, however the events in their lives are open to interpretation by the audience, their are tragic events such as War and loss and common events such as childbirth and children which are shown in a different light. The themes and events create climaxes to keep the audience emotionally attached and engaged to the ongoing tension. The idea of flashbacks to show the characters lives was inspired by Forrest Gump.
The title sequence of Forrest Gump doesn't give a lot of narrative away, like Moonrise Kingdom it relies heavily on props, the feather is present throughout certain scenes in the film, the connotations of a feather of peace, fate, freedom, rebirth, of which all of these are explored throughout the film as themes. Peace can be related to Jenny's death and how she finally found peace, it can also relate to when she would pray to be a bird so she could 'fly far, far away' and the clear, physical relation of a feather coming form the bird.
My title sequence can also challenge the forms and conventions of an drama minimally, due to the style and choice of colour, this makes is a creative film and can either limit the audience slightly or increase the audience by limiting it less and opening it to a wider variety of people.