First impressions mean a lot. A films opening can serve a purpose beyond the oncoming narrative, or plot. The best ones transfix the viewer with its representation of the films world and aesthetic. They also cement the films theme and tone. The viewers initial reaction should be one of wonderment, jubliation, mystery, and excitement for the adventure ahead. It should seduce.
Film openings can be the opening title credits of a film (arguably), the first scene of a film, or a beginning sequence(like Dawn of Man from 2001) Some beginnings are longer then others.
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