Ferris Bueller's Day Off
In this comedy i like the way you get introduced to all the characters straight away therefore quickly capturing your attention and wanting to know what happens next. In the first 5 minutes you get a very good idea of the character Ferris Bueller, with lines like ("The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it..."). You immediately take a liking to this laid back character, i want to involve my audience with the characters by doing something similar to this.

Kill Bill
I like how at the very beginning it starts off with a pitch black background. A quote appears which basically summarizes the meaning of the film. Although this is not the style film i am aiming at the idea of it starting with a black background and the film being introduced by text.

The Kingdom
The first film i watched is The kingdom, which although isn't a genre I'd want to do, has given me idea on the opening. In the opening it uses news reels with an explanation of the Saudi Arabian/American oil situation. It also uses very graphic silhouettes of different relating images. I'd like to use the timeline idea, but for a different genre.
Camera angles are also used well in the film, especially in more action scenes where the camera moves and seems hand-held, i like the idea of this creating a sort of gritty style.

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

'A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music.' Get Rich or Die Trying is directed by Jim Sheridan and is based on the life of Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. It caught my inspiration because not only is it music based but also based around 50 Cent's strong interaction with crime and drugs. The addiction to drugs relates to Sinatra's addiction to alcohol and helped show me how i could portray this sensitive subject correctly.

8 Mile

'A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems around gives him doubts.' 8 mile directed by Curtis Hanson is a film based on the life of Rapper Eminem. This film inspires me for mine due to its extreme power and tension throughout that continues to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. It manages to really capture the gritty, realistic lifestyle of a musician which is what i hope to do. Despite Eminem and Sinatra being complete opposing genres it is the connection through fame and music that helps inspire me.

This film about Ray Charles was my inspiration to do my film based on a music artist. I think it is such an effective film and Jamie Foxx has managed to replicate the character of Ray Charles perfectly.

Aspects of trailer i find affective -
- The narration at the beginning by Ray's mother which overlaps with ringing of chimes and bells.
- The birds eye view shots of Ray's hands playing the piano.
- How the flash backs and hallucinations are done with differing volumes of music and flashing images.
- Showing different extreme moods.
- The music

i like the idea of having an element of motion or kinetic text at the start of my film as i feel it makes the audience focus on what is being said, i just did some initial research on youtube and i have added my favorites below, i think you use after effects to achieve this, and we have that at school.

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