Monday, 18 January 2016

Lord of War : Title Sequence Analysis.
where it pans at a diagonal angle. The view of the birth of the bullet at is very effective because it introduces the title “Lord of War” – it foreshadows what the film is about. In this, the audience is given a suggestion that the bullet is being compared to an important character in the film who deals with weapons and ammunition.

Each title that introduces the actors such as Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto and Bridget Moynahan is timed so that for each stage of the bullet’s creation, an actor is presented. Although there are sound effects like the clinking of the bullets, a soundtrack is also being played in the background. The lyrics are: “Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down?”  – I think this is to draw the audience in to how the bullet is being made so they get an idea of what might be the plot of the film but it’s also a very catchy soundtrack and this gets the audience involved because it’s a memorable sound to sing along to. We also get a sense of a time period because the bullet we are first introduced wit goes from what looks like the world war to present day arms smuggling in Africa suggesting where the film is set. This is shown again where the bullet is stored is suddenly opened by a group of people carrying heavy amounts of weaponry. Every time the bullet is put into another box and the screen goes black or dark, a member of the film crew is introduced. It’s timed between 5 to 7 seconds.

The title sequence ends when the bullet is put into a gun and the audience gets a view down the barrel of the weapon. This first-person view of the bullet makes the audience imagine that they are the bullet and puts them in the position of being something that seems so capable of taking a life and the silencing of the soundtrack would usually tell the audience the tile sequence is over but  the bullet is shot at somebody and this starts the film off brilliantly giving the audience an unexpected surprise and leaves them even more intrigued as to what will happen next. The use of colour is metallic as well as bright and lighting is ambient so that it looks realistic and believable, with resemblance to the barrel in the 007 films being a prime example of intertextuality. The silencing of the soundtrack through the bullet being shot at somebody starts the film off brilliantly. The editor of the title sequence even went as far as to show a burst of blood to depict what might be evident in the film – war and gore.

1 comment:

  1. Analyse a couple of title sequence within your genre

    You need to research into your genre - include the codes and conventions (can be a power point presentation)