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Title Sequence Analysis

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Title sequence analysis for 'Memento'.

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Title Sequence Analysis

  1. 1. T I T L E S E Q U E N C E A N A L Y S I S . M E M E N T O .
  2. 2. BACKGROUND. • Memento is a mystery crime thriller film. • Directed and written by Christopher Nolan. • Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie – Anne Moss and Joe Pantolaino. • Released in 2000. • Follows the story of a man with short – term memory loss, who is trying to find the murderer of his late wife. He creates a unique system to help him remember things, in the hopes of finding the killer.
  3. 3. ANALYSIS. • The title sequence for ‘Memento’ immediately builds up a sense of darkness and tension through the use of low – key lighting. Darkness implies that something may be going on in secret, something is being hidden away. This fits in with the typical conventions of the thriller genre, something strange is going on that the audience are not fully aware of, making it an enigma. This will make the audience want to continue watching the film to find out what is happening.
  4. 4. ANALYSIS. • The font used in the title sequence is blue block text in uppercase. The text is thin and appears similar to fonts used in other crime thriller media texts, such as the television dramas ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ and ‘A Touch of Frost’. The target audience for this film may be familiar with these programmes, therefore, may be able to make a link between these shows and the font used in ‘Memento’, letting them know that the film fits into the crime thriller genre. The font used in the ‘Memento’ title sequence. Fonts used in ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ and ‘A Touch of Frost’. A similarity can be seen between the three, they all use thin block capital letters.
  5. 5. ANALYSIS. • The sequence shows the process of a man shooting another, taking a picture and then developing the Polaroid. However, the sequence is played in reverse. This may confuse the viewer at first. This is typical of a crime thriller as the aim is to keep the audience guessing and on the edge of their seat. The sequence being played backwards creates the idea that something strange is going on, again another common convention of thrillers. It also creates an enigma code as the audience will wonder what is going on, why it is happening, and who is doing it.
  6. 6. ANALYSIS. • The music used in the title sequence helps to reinforce the idea that this film is a crime thriller. Slow sharp string sounds can be heard, string instruments such as violins are commonly used in the soundtracks for thrillers as they help to heighten tension in the viewer. When the action begins (the man takes the picture, then shoots the man), the soundtrack changes, the string sounds become quitter and slower, they also become distorted / warped. This may be due to something unusual happening (someone being shot), the warped sounds also help to create confusion in the viewer, typical of a crime thriller.