Analyzing the Opening Sequence of the Film Twister Essay

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Analyzing the Opening Sequence of the Film Twister

The title of the film is “Twister”. It comes from the action/drama genre. The director of the film is Jan De Bont. The film “Twister” has a very short story line but has incredible scenes of special effects. The film is about the young girl Jo who grows old and becomes interested in hurricanes because her father died in a hurricane. Jo and her ex husband Bill who is a meteorologist chase tornadoes. He decided to give up chasing tornadoes to become a weather man. Bill gets the divorce papers signed by Jo. But Bill is drawn back to pursuing tornadoes because Jo decides to use his idea of sensors. Bill’s idea was tracking tornado activity using small …show more content…

The first shot is of an oil drill. The next is of an iron bridge in front of the sunset and the last is of the gathering thunderstorm rolling across the prairie. The sky is dark and gloomy. The music of the last shot changes from a peace and quiet to the rumble of the storm. The first two shots are peaceful and quiet. The peace is soon broken by the arrival of the gathering storm and the rumbling. The camera performs a steep tilt from the sky all the way down to focus in on the house. The sky is dark and cloudy with lightening same as the background of the opening credits.

Jo’s father is seen in the comfort of his home making a cup of tea in the kitchen. The black and white TV was left on in the room on a news channel. He hears the news reporter talking about a storm warning. He listens for what the reporter has to say and in panic he puts down his cup of tea and runs up the stairs 2 steps at a time to prepare his family to escape to the storm shelter.

The child Jo is fast asleep upstairs with her dog. The camera pans from the dog along to the girl. This shows it is peaceful and quiet creating“calm before the storm”. Suddenly the dog’s ears prick open hearing the lightening and the rumbling of the storm. The child wakes up with the barking of the dog and the rumble of the storm. The mother rushes into the child’s bedroom and picks

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