Compare and Contrast the Opening of Blade Runner (1982) and the Matrix (1999). How Are They Examples of a Convectional or Unconventional Fiction Film Opening?

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Compare and contrast the opening of Blade runner (1982) and The Matrix (1999). How are they examples of a convectional or unconventional fiction film opening? Blade Runner (first released in 1982) and The Matrix (first released in 1999), are both films science fiction films which follow the techniques and generic expectations of science fiction to obtain such a generic title (that of a science fiction film). For any film production corporation/team, the pressure is on for the initial opening sequence to not only grab the viewer’s attention, but to also conform to the general expectations that are considered when judging a film’s convectional or unconventional suitability to the genre. I have analysed many factors that affect this contrast of convection and unconventional suitability to the genre by looking into the mise-en-scéne, generic convections (such as plot, themes, setting, characters and special effects) and camerawork (such as oblique, long shots, point of view shots, medium shots, close-ups, panning, etc). One of the first things the viewer is experienced with is the choice of colour to emphasize and portray the feeling of the setting and general theme of the film. By this, I mean not only the alteration of colour balance between frames and within the mise-en-scéne generally, but in fact in a much more deep and effective way. An example of this is when in The Matrix, the official intro title animation for Warner Brothers’ Pictures is colourised in the style of a science fictional theme. This is achieved by making the main foregrounded and animated emblem for the corporation green. This emphasises the significance of science fiction in the film right from the very start suggesting an alien/supernatural presence to the film. An addition to this is the moody and darkened, cloudy background both add to the element of supernatural presence in the film but also
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