The purpose of this assignment is to help us gain an understanding of what the titles in an opening sequence are. We will also learn how and why they are put in the opening sequence and the order they are put in.
Opening credits are shown at the beginning of a film and the way that this is done varies from film to film. Openingcredits tend to identify the major actors and crew in the film and the title of the film.
Over the years, the trends with opening credits has changed slightly, with less films using black screens for their credits, and some even making title sequences just for the credits. E.g. James Bond.
Insome opening sequences, the credits are placed on a black screen prior to the film actually beginning. This is seen in: The Innocents, a horror/thriller made in 1961.
Morerecently, as previously mentioned, titles and credits have their own opening, which is known as a title sequence.
Inthe majority of films made nowadays, titles and credits are staggered throughout the opening sequence, and can sometimes run into the film.
Thebilling refers to how the credits are presented and ordered on screen. Those whose names appear first are said to have top billing. The billing in films has changed over the years, as it was once undesirable to have top billing, or to be billed at all.
The common ordering of opening credits that will apply to us is: • The name of the studio. • The director’s name. • The actors in the film. • The title of the film. • The director of photography. • The writers of our opening sequence. • The remaining directors.
The Grudge 2. Too Scared To Scream. The Children. The Ring.
The distribution company (Colombia) and production company (Ghost house productions) are shown first and second in the opening sequence.The openingcredits then fullybegin with a shorttext introduction tothe film.
Director – 2.31minutes in. Film title – 2.40 minutes in. Actors – From 2.50 minutes to 4.40 minutes. Casting – 4. 51 minutes in. Music – 4.53 minutes in. Edited by – 4.58 minutes in.
Production designer – 5.03 minutes in. Director of photography – 5.08 minutes in. Line produce – 5.12 minutes in. Co producers – 5.52 minutes in. Executive producers – 5.58 minutes in. Producers – 6.10 minutes in.
The font used in this opening sequence is clear and blocky, much like Times New Roman. It is white when it first appears onscreen and it then turns red before fading. Forthe actors names, the font colour is black.
The text is animated to firstly fade in, it then fades to red before finally fading out. The animation of the text will remind the viewer of the blood fading in water, which was first shown on screen.
As this film is quite old, (From the mid 1980s) It begins with the lead actors’ names, instead of the distribution company or production company.
Actors – 0 to 30 seconds in. Title – 32 seconds in. Co-stars – 53 seconds in to 1.40 minutes. Supervising editor – 1.51 minutes in. Editor – 2.07 minutes in.
Costume Designer – 2.14 minutes in. Production Designer – 2.29 minutes in. Director of Photography – 2.40 minutes in. Music – 2.53 minutes in. Associate Producer – 3.11 minutes in.
The font for the credits was well rounded and bolded, like Aharoni. It is a bright yellow colour, which is surprising as thrillers usually use red, white, black or other dark colours.
The title, however was blood red, and the font looked quite jagged and isn’t neat – just like spilt blood.
A quick fade in is used for the titles as they appear on screen and no animation is used when they cut off of the screen, which may symbolise how the killer takes victims quickly from their apartments.
The Children has its first setof titles and credits on a blackscreen, which reverts to theold typical style of placing thetext on a black screen beforesliding out..
Associated companies – 26 seconds in. Production Company – 34 seconds in. Director – 40 seconds in. Title – 48 seconds in. Actors – From 1.04 minutes to 2.00 minutes in.
Casting Directors – 2.08 minutes in. Line Producer – 2.14 minutes in. Hair and Make Up – 2.25 minutes in. Costume Designer – 2:30 minutes in. Music – 2.35 minutes in.
Production Designer – 2.49 minutes in. Director of Photography – 3.03 minutes in. Editor – 3.13 minutes in. Story – 3.22 minutes in. Executive Producers – 3.29 minutes to 3.36 minutes.
The font is clear, like Engravers mt and is a dirty blue colour. This fits in well with the film, as bluish tones are used throughout to make the film look creepy, cold and disjointed (Much like The Ring)
A slow fade in is used with the titles and a slow fade out is used as the titles exit the screen.
The fuzzy screenshows that things areunclear, and this isused prior to thecredits, which maymake the audiencefeel like they arewatching a dodgytelevision.
Distribution company – 3 seconds in. Director – 10 seconds in. Actors – 15 seconds to 28 seconds in. Title – 30 seconds in. Actors again – 31 seconds – 56 seconds in.
Casting – 57 seconds in. Music – 1.02 minutes in. Editor – 1.12 minutes in. Production design – 1.18 minutes in. Director of Photography – 1.23 minutes in.
The font is quite disjointed looking and looks like childish handwriting, as each letter is wonky and the o’s are perfectly rounded (like a ring) . This is a bit like the font Cooper Black and is white, symbolising innocence and purity.
The animation of the titles for The Ring is overall quite erratic. The titles sometimes flicker on screen and flash out again. Other times, they appear really big on screen, before flashing off and reappearing as a normal size. This could put the audience on edge as they don’t know how the titles will appear.