Both themes started by using normality, showing a shot of the house, and having the character doing normal things, such as washing. However this changes when shots of the victim's body is introduced, with mise en scene such as fake blood. Although, 'The Stepfather' used flashbacks to show action scenes, which we did not.
As you can hear in 'The Stepfather' opening, we used the same musical instrument for the music, which was the piano. The effect of this was to make the mood very chilled, so that it would introduce the thrilling atmosphere more effectively. It would create a suspenseful tone, so that the tension would work alongside it.
The movie title is put in the beginning, but for Census, it is in the middle. The character is also seen at the start, but the Census killer is not revealed until the end.
Here you can see the text is roughly in the same place, for example in the lower left hand corner. The text colour is different, and our text is roughly the same. Although, there is a difference in how it is written, as in The Stepfather, the names are in capitals.
Both openings show the character moving with bags.
Also, it is noticed how some of the text is put together at the same time, but in Census this is not the case.
The information not shown in the opening of Census, but in The Stepfather include:
Director of photography
This was because if it was a real movie, we would be include all of the most detailed information in the end credits.
Both scenes are introduced with the shot of the house, which is the main location for both openings. However, we used panning to get an establishing shot of the house.
Establishing main characters:
Production company ident:
These are the idents used in 'The Stepfather'. They have used 'Screen Gems', but we have used two, 'Candi Studios', and one we made ourselves, 'Kade pictures'.
Both of the openings included a list, which would be eventually be ticked off, and is a vital part of information for the rest of the film.
The same props were used, being a range of tools.
In the openings, shots were seen relating to blood being drained in water, and both using a sink.
Shots included the location of the kitchen. Left is a wide shot, and on the right is a birds eye view (high angle) shot.
The kitchen sink was used, but for different purposes.
This relates to our opening because of the bloody tools. Although, the killer in 'Census' washes these tools, and takes them with her. The killer in 'The Stepfather' leaves them in the sink, as he has changed his identity once again. This differs as the Census killer does not change her identity, as she is focusing on being discrete.
Here are similar shots taken from both openings.
They are all forms of close ups.
Both killers leave the house in the opening. This is done so the viewers would want to know where they are going next.
We used a mirror, just like The Stepfather, only it was more effective in Census as that is the moment the killer is revealed.
This is the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 'Pschyo'.
We used the same typical 'thriller' knife, in movies such as 'Pschyo'.
Neither openings include the age certificate, but for dvd release, they would be included before rolling the opening.
|An issue was this casting text, as it was over the victim's face.|
|We kept the face and in some parts, the upper part of the body out of shot until the end so the killer's identity is not revealed till the end. This creates a mysterious feel.|
|Low angle shot|