Motion graphics and compositing in title sequences
By Raymond Arandia
Why are Title Sequences Important in Films/TV?• Attract the Audience and Expectations of the AudienceThe opening title sequence in film are the first thing that the viewer sees inthe film and should give a good first impression into the rest of the film. If thetitle sequence is not impressive or is boring then the audience may expectthe film to be bad whereas if the opening title sequence is exciting then theaudience will have high expectations even if the may or may not be bad.• Sets the toneAs the opening title sequence is the first thing that the audience sees itimmediately sets the tone and mood of the film.TelevisionThe title sequences in a TV series is important as a TV series is consistentand the same opening or ending may be used throughout a long period oftime. Overall Title Sequences can introduce the characters, themes, genre, plot and visual style.
How are Title Sequences enhanced by motion graphics/compositing?The use of motion graphics can enhance title sequences because itis more visually appealing than live action or images. By usingmotion graphics/compositing you can do much more than you canwith normal live recording or images. There is no limit to where thecamera can be shot. As technology has advanced title sequenceshave become more enjoyable and interesting to watch.
Vertigo is a psychological thriller film released in1958 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Theopening title sequence was created by iconic titledesigner Saul Bass. The title sequence has mix ofboth live action and motion graphics.