We had various different title ideas. The plot would only change according to the title if stated in the treatment. These were our title ideas:
Split [A D D I C T I O N]
One More Kiss
We eventually agreed to title our film One More Kiss.
The opening of this film was inspired by various different films such as Donnie Darko and The Stranger.
Our plot is about a couple who are having relationship problems. The husband wants a divorce because he is having an affair and would rather have a serious relationship with the other woman. The wife refuses to sign the papers. During a heated argument one night the husband kills her. He calls the woman he is having an affair with to tell her “it’s done”. He then trashes the house, calls the police and claims their house has been broken into.
The wife wakes up in the last frame allowing the spectator to know she is still alive. The voiceover will say “But she wont rest until she gets...” before the frame appears and “One More Kiss” after the frame.
The off screen story would have then gone on to show that his wife was obsessed with him and dedicated her life to getting “One More Kiss” from her husband even if she has to kill or kidnap a few people to do it. This would explain why she wouldn’t want a divorce from someone who is having an affair with her & would also be a red – herring as she is shown to be the victim but will turn out to be the antagonist.
Our opening sequence begins with an establishing shot showing a normal area. The setting will be an apartment above a picture shop. This would create a sense of normality and serenity, as there is nothing sinister about a picture shop. The camera will then zoom in to the window using a tilt shot and emerge on the inside of the house to create the effect of the camera going through the window. We then see a close-up of our antagonist inside the house, speaking on the phone.
The opening sequence for the film will be non-linear and start with our abnormally normal antagonist on the phone saying “it’s done”. Enigma codes are also used in this scene as the viewer will wonder who’s on the phone, who their speaking to and what is “done”. We will briefly show the antagonist trashing the house in a panning shot to make the viewer question why he is trashing the house, this would also be an enigma code.
We will have omniscient narrative as we will see what the antagonist is doing and also see the victim wake up. Voiceover narration will be used. Simultaneous action will be used in the montage shots as the antagonist is on the phone, the victims eyes will open.
It will have an open narrative as it will end with the victims eyes open leaving no resolution at the end of this opening and it is left open for the plot to continue.
We will aim our thriller at both males and females because the main characters are male and female. It would be for a predominantly male audience due to the amount of violence and aged around 15-40 due to the situation in the plot with couples, relationship problems and affairs which people in this age group may be able to relate to. This will show the realism in society and the viewer may have been in this situation.
This genre will have no specific target audience when considering class and ethnicity, therefore, this will motivate the viewers to watch this thriller.
The sub genre for this thriller will include crime, romance, and drama, the reason we chose crime is because it include scenes of death, obstruction of justice and it has elements of a thriller.
In this opening sequence we will adapt different camera techniques. The first shot will be an establishing shot showing an apartment. Then move on to a close-up of the antagonist talking on phone using restricted camera shots to hide his identity,then a panning camera movement scanning the room, briefly showing the antagonist throwing a picture frame. A extreme close up showing the crack on the glass and the person in the photo who will be his current wife. A mid shot of the antagonist talking on the phone. A tracking shot of a bedroom door. Then a tracking shot showing the victim on the floor, beside the bed. The camera will track the victims lifeless body until it is an extreme close-up of the victims eyes opening.
The setting will be in an urban city, which is a convention of a thriller. However it will not be isolated. It will be set in the living room and bedroom of a house on Balham high road.
Overall we will mostly use cut and fade in this sequence, the reason for this is we want to show the process of time passing. This will create tension. Then at the end of the thriller we will use a fade transition showing the name of the thriller.
We were originally going to have subtitles. The sub-titles would show during the sequence, we would use an orange colour for the typography because orange connotes nature, the changing leaves of fall, the setting sun, and the skin and meat of citrus fruit. Therefore, it may mean the crimes committed were from natural causes. However we decided to use this typography for the end title that appears and says “One More Kiss”.
Non-diegetic sound is used throughout the sequence, a soundtrack that we need to create ourself. The music will start with a relaxed tone then it will start to change when the antagonist trashes the house, it will turn to a dramatic sound, glass smashing etc, fast paced and when we see the victims eyes we will have a high pitched sound to create tension in the spectators.
We will use non-diegetic sound as the camera zooms into the window.
Voiceovers were considered but depending on the difficulty level of being able to record it, a voiceover may not be used. Throughout the opening there will be a voiceover reading the sub titles that will give a brief outline of where the story is heading which would help with any confusion or questions the viewer may have.
If we choose to not use a voiceover the words will fade in and out allowing the viewer enough time to read it.
The antagonist will dress as a working class male, and then when he starts to trash the house he will put have on gloves and a gauze mask. Due to the restricted camera shots we will not know that this is the antagonist but it will genuinely seem like the house had been broken into.
The reason the antagonist will have a suit on is because we want to show that he is an abnormally normal antagonist to deceive the audience.
The victim will be in pyjamas to show her comfort in her house and it will take place at night time.