Opening Scene Of Volume 1
Quentin Tarantino utilises many types of generic thriller conventions in his film Kill Bill volume 1, An aspect, in which Tarantino utilises aspects of the thriller, is the way in which he uses light. The scene opens with a black screen and the diegetic sound of the bride’s heavy breathing; and the sound bridge - these are the first signifiers that the film is within the thriller genre. We then see a close up shot of the bride in black and white, noir and chiaroscuro lighting; this can be used to create confusion amongst the audience or can indicate a flashback in a film. In Kill Bill, it is used in order to tribute to old thriller films such as ‘The Third Man’ which is also in black and white. The bride is shown from a high angle shot; this is to signify her vulnerability and weakness. She also has blood on her face – this indicates violence and crime.
The diegetic sound of the brides’ heavy breathing, and noises continue- this connotes that the bride is innocent. In the background we can hear the diegetic sound of footsteps, which are gradually getting louder; this is a generic thriller convention that creates suspense and tension amongst the audience as they are unaware of who is coming. The camera then cuts to a low angle tracking shot of a man’s’ feet walking. He is wearing boots with a Cuban heel; this suggests he is wealthy, as these types of shoes are expensive.
The use of diegetic sound within the opening of Kill Bill Volume 1 connotes the aspects of the character – we can tell the man within the tracking shot is the villain. Diegetic sound is also heightens the mood, and it also adds to the sense of drama within the opening. Diegetic sound also makes film realistic, and therefore we can sympathise with the character and the tension and fear she is feeling, and the footsteps she can hear. Tarantino is also ensuring that he is building up tension and suspense within the audience, and makes them wonder what is going to happen and who the man is.