Just a bit of setup for this idea: I have heard that a musically savvy disc jockey should be able to select pieces of music in such a way that the ending of one piece dovetails with the beginning of the next one. That got me wondering if the astute moviegoer might have the skill to match the closing of one movie with the beginning of another. If you count as “opening” that first image that’s not part of the studio logo, and as “closing” the last image before they start rolling the credits, (unless, of course, they continue with decent images as the credits roll), can you think of closings that would dovetail neatly with openings?
As an alternative to that entire concept, since I haven’t been able to provide an example of my own, can you describe those openings or closings that have impressed you the most.
As an opening, I think the way Contact starts is neat. The idea seems to be that as a fast-moving space vehicle travels away from Earth, the audio that has left here headed out into the ether could be recaptured with some fidelity all the way back to whenever broadcasting began.
I can’t place the movie that ends with the camera (?) pulling back from the final scene all the way out to the edge of the galaxy and beyond.
One of my favorite openings is in Sharky’s Machine where the view changes from a skyline view of Atlanta near sunrise (by way of a helicopter) down to the railroad tracks where Burt Reynolds is walking with a briefcase. There may be an edit somewhere, but it’s a very smooth transition anyway. A lot like some of Hitchcock’s and Welles’s tracking shots. The Player had a nice one, too.
Anyway, the idea(s) I’ve tried to describe might make for some fun head-scratching, if you’re game.