Nice opening scenes and opening shots can be very helpful to get the audience in the right mindset for the entire film.
Opening scenes are mostly symbolic but its function is to fine tune the mood of the audience ready to see the film. It’s like a appetizer does for a meal. It’s mostly a revealing, surprising and symbolic shot. Even if the audience doesn’t know the symbolic content of it jet, s/he will remember the scene while watching the rest of the film, like puzzle pieces falling together, s/he and will than understand what it stands for.
Inspiring people about the art of filming
Some quotes to think about
I would like to call this new age of cinema the age of camera-stylo (camera-pen)[…] to become a means of writing just as flexible and subtle as written language.
The camera must be equally as ready to move as to remain still. […] The camera has a human quality it is a projection of hand and eye, almost a living part of the operator, instantly in tune with his awareness.
I wish I had a camera that can move freely in space.[...]
that at any moment can go anywhere, at any speed.
The play of pure movement […], vigorous and abundant. All this we shall be able to create when the camera has at last has been dematerialized”. Only with this essential instrument shall we be able to realize new possibilities. [...]The camera is the director's sketching pencil. It should be as mobile as possible to catch every passing mood.