Analyse multiple title sequences (Stretch and Challenge)
Analyse multiple title sequencesthen create your own title list(stretch and challenge) By Kirsty Steward
A Nightmare on Elm Street title sequence timelineI watched the opening sequence of the horror film ‘ A Nightmareon Elm Street’ and recorded every title that appeared in the firstfew minutes of the film. Underneath is a picture of the timeline Icompleted which has the recordings of these titles.
Like the previous film opening, there is a separate title todisplay what company helped to produce the film (New LineCinema) which is mandatory as they want to be wellknown. However the companys name is displayed again ina different credit which I will not take inspiration from formy opening sequence as I believe its repetitive andwouldnt be as aesthetically pleasing for my adolescentaudience.
The films name, A Nightmare on Elm Street, is displayedon a separate title yet it has a panning-up transition thatstarts within another frame. This idea is effective as itmakes the title stand out more and is eye-pleasing but Idont think Ill use this idea in my opening sequence ashorror films tend to be more dramatic than thrillers and Iwant my film opening titles to be more subtle.
I will take inspiration from the acting credits as they appearat the side of the screen in each title in simple white writingwhich would fit the more subtle title theme I will try toportray in my opening sequence.
21 Jump Street title sequencetimelineI watched the opening sequence of the comedy film ‘2 JumpStreet’ and recorded every title that appeared in the firstfew minutes of the film. Underneath is a picture of thetimeline I completed which has the recordings of thesetitles.
Again with every film, each film company that has helpedproduce and distribute the film has a separate title for theircredit. However with this film there are three companieswhich makes the title sequence far longer and my openingsequence needs to emphasis the beginning of the analysisso I don’t think I’ll use more than two of my owncompanies to save sequence time.
The title after the production company credits reads ‘THEYEAR 2005’ which shows the relevance that there will betime change within the film and lets the audience knowabout this straight away. This won’t be necessary for myfilm title as there is no big time jump that they will benotified about and it will be set in the year it’s released in.
The next sequence of credit titles have the consistenttheme of red white and blue which is paired with a red andblue flashing light. As the film revolves around two menbeing in the police force this is creative and relative to thefilm and there is a police detective in my film also. Yet thefilm revolves more around the detective’s son’s death morethan his job itself so I don’t think I’ll use the same effect.
I think I will take inspiration from the title credit as it is onits own separate title which makes the name of the filmstand out more. Moreover there is a slight zooming outeffect on the text which makes the title more eye catchingfor the audience.
The Notebook title sequence timeline I watched the opening sequence of the romance film ‘The Notebook’ and recorded every title that appeared in the first few minutes of the film. Underneath is a picture of the timeline I completed which has the recordings of these titles.
The film companies’ names are again shown at the start ofthe sequence however the New Line Cinema Company ismentioned in two different titles one after the other which Ithink looks repetitive even though it’s trying to emphasiseits effect. I do like the simplicity of how the second ‘NewLine Cinema’ Company and the ‘Gran Via’ title are displayedand may take inspiration of that into my own openingsequence.
The fact that the acting title credits are placed to the sideof the screen means that the overall main image of theframe is focussed on as the titles are not too distracting. Iintend to use this method in my opening sequence so myaudience is focussed on the main elements of image anddialogue.
The title that displays the title of the film is again placed tothe sign however I don’t think I’ll copy this technique aseven though I want most of the other titles to be moresubtle; the title, I think, should stand out. Howeverbecause The Notebook is a romance, being soft withsmooth and subtle transitions within the titles fits the genremore which isn’t the case in the Thriller genre.
I think I’m going to take inspiration from having thedirector’s title credit last and having it placed in the middleas it shows the importance of the role. But as this is aromance film, the text font is quite pleasant looking with ababy yellow to make the text not too bold. In my sequenceI’ll try to make the text fit the genre by using red a strangelooking font and by using the colours red and white (red topresent the connotation of danger within the film and whiteto contrast with the red and show the connotation of goodthat comes from the danger).