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Sunday, 16 January 2011

JW - Deconstruction of 'The Faculty'

- Directed by Robert Rodriguez in 1998
- Had a budget of $15mil and made $40mil in the USA boxoffice and £4.3mil in the UK boxoffice

- In the opening scene, there are no opening credits (the opening scene ends after 3mins approx). After the first company idents, a well known song starts to play (The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring), the name of this song may be a subtle pun to what's going on in the film, or perhaps they're playing it because the kids in this movie are in fact normal, it's the teachers who are supposedly 'aliens'.
There are no stand out mise-en-scene, camera shots or aspects of editing in this opening scene. The entire opening scene is set in an American Football college stadium, and the looks and ages of the kids gives us immediate anchorage as to where this movie is set, and it also connotes to the audience where the rest of the movie will be set.
The ending of the opening scene could be very important to the film, it ends on a very strong narrative enigma, we only see the shadow approaching the football coach however the shadow doesn't say or do anything. This adds a strong sense of mystery as to who or what is on the field.

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