Director : Jonathan Demme
Budget : $19,000,000
USA - 15,179,676
UK - 292,592
Deconstruction: In the opening we watch a young woman running through the woods. 'Woods, near Quantino, VA' appears on screen, which anchors the setting of the begining of the film. Non diegetic classical music is played this is a more sublte horror music chosen. Meanwhile we also hear diegetic nature noises such as birds. The titles appear, san serif, capitals, bold and black this creates a serious sinister look.
The camera pans down to show the character run towards the camera, as she climbs up the hill the camera moves with her, proceeding to a close, which gives the audience an appearence cover of the character, as the film proceeds the camera follows her this alerts the audience that this is the main character. The weather is foggy which creates a more mysterious aspect to the film, noone is quite sure where she is running to, or what revelance it has to the film. More exposition is apparent as if the audience pays particular attention to the clothing of the woman, we see she is wearing an 'FBI ACADAMEY' jumper which signifies her profession and perhaps why she is running. A range of shots of the woman running signifies certain things about her personailty we see she is athletic and determined.
The range of shots used is something we relate to in our coursework, a key shot used of her feet is something we specifically picked out, it can be used to show the speed of the moment and create tension. In our coursework we plan on using this while the babysitter climbs the staircase with the use of a dutch angle to emphasize something isnt right.
The woman shown has mousy brown hair but little is really shown about her personailty in the opening two minutes, however the audience begin to assume she will potray the final girl slot in this film.
Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator have the answers to their questions to help locate the killer. Clarice must first try and gain Lecter's confidence before he is to give away any information.