Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Art of the Title Sequence - Essense of Filmaking

Art of the Title Sequence goal is to focus on those introductions to movies that made an impression. To look at the craft that makes a good opening to a movie or television program and maybe adapt an idea or two.

Oh, my. I'm going to be spending time at this joint. The opening title in movies is a craft unto itself. There are a few that are better than the movies they are attached to but a good title can set the tone of a film or totally mislead you down false roads.

Goodness, where to begin? You can view the opening credits for movies like Casino Royal, Raging Bull where you can hear commentary from the cinematographer, Bonnie and Clyde as well as television shows such as Deadwood and Dexter.

Here is the great thing about this site. You can study how the title was composed. Examine lighting and camera positions. This is a great opportunity to study film and video composition.

You can also explore other films opening credits for even more inspiration or check out the interviews with those that do this for a living such as Kyle Cooper who did the title sequence for the Incredible Hulk.

I'm heading back over for more cinematic goodies to study like the opening credits for The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

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