The First Three Minutes: Seducing the Audience

Jaya Jayalakshmi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


The importance of an opening sequence in any short film is discussed, using Arranged Marriage (2003) as an example. I argue that a strong opening sequence is vital to keep interest in a film going. This is possible only if a film-maker takes maximum advantage of all the tools available to them - language, gestures, non-verbal communication, camera angles, the pace of editing, the music and sound design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Creativity in Language and Literature
Subtitle of host publicationThe state of the Art
EditorsJoan Swann, Rob Pope, Ronald Carter
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780230575592, 9780230575608
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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