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The opening sequence of Se7en runs for around 4 minutes and it is intended to introduce us to the central protagonist Detective William Somerset Morgan Freeman as well as to set the mood for the remainder of the film It also gives the audience lots of information about him- including what he does for a living and what hes like as a person not least introducing another main character Detective David Mills Brad Pitt The look of the entire opening scene and consequently the entire film itself is very rough and raw This is to keep the tension high and the mood dark it also links the film with dark ideas such a murder and serial killers The opening cuts from the distributors logo straight to Somerset in his apartment getting ready for work It shows he is very meticulous and exact- his things are all lined up parallel on his desk in the order in which he picks them up Continuity editing is used for this scene so all of the audiences attention is focused solely on Somerset- although the edits are fairly fast to keep both the pace and tension as high as possible It also keeps the speed of the scene up- he gets ready very quickly in the very next shot we see him at work straight away This shows that Somerset lives a basic life and his work takes up most of it Most of these shots are close-up and medium close-up shots In each different one of these we see a little bit more of Somerset- so to introduce him gradually This is to get the audience to feel closer to him- instead of suddenly being thrown into his personal life we are taken slowly- step by step There is no music in this scene- only the diegetic background effects of the city in which he lives There are people shouting cars moving dogs barking and alarms
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