Title Research - Alien The film ‘Alien’ begins with a dark opening which helps to set a mysterious and eerie mood for the audience, it also gives them a clue to what they might expect to see. As the opening begins, the dark black screen wiped with a dark brown colour is obscure looking and creates the illusion of the unknown and not knowing exactly what the form is due to it being mainly consumed with darkness. The titles that appear on the screen show up one by one in a random order - almost like the are slowly revealing a code or revealing the true identity of the ‘alien’ who is partially covered throughout the entire movie. Also, by slowing down the titling to an incredibly slow pace leaves the audience wanting to find out more which attracts them to watch the film. It seems the way the screen slowing moves to left side has connotations with space and the way planets rotate slowly – space itself is undiscovered and unknown which has mysterious feelings - this is why they incorporated it into the titling sequence because it links with the ‘alien’ itself in the movie whose appearance is covered up. This opening title sequence can be compared to the opening sequence that my group and I are making as the general Title is mood that we want to create is dismal and dark. Also the fear of not unknown is a key theme that can be linked to this slowly movie and ours. revealed; keeps the audienceLike a code interestedwhich the and wantingaudience to knowhave to morework outDull, darkcolours areused tocreatemysteryandsuspense The white over the black is very contrasting and bold, it stands out against the black making it easy to read for the audience
Title Research - AlienFontThe text is a clear white colour on a dark background which makes it far easier to read for theaudience, the colour white also has connotations with new life and peace which connects very wellwith the music as it is also peaceful yet with a underlying sense of mystery. In contrast to the white,the background is mainly black which signifies death, evil and mystery – all of these match the genreof the film which is sci-fi/horror very well.The bold title is used to capture the attention of the audience; the style itself is quite foreign andalien looking rather than simple because it builds a sense of mystery and suspense.SpeedThe speed that the title ‘Alien’ appears is very slow; almost like it is a code that the audience have towork out. The slow pace is also used because the movie is a sci-fi movie and generally sci-fi moviesuse slow paced sounds and texts to set a mood of suspicion and eeriness.SoundThe non-diegetic music begins very slow paced and soft which begins to get louder; the sudden change in tempo andvolume creates a very dramatic and serious atmosphere . There is also a slight screeching noise in the background which hasconnotations with technology as aliens are known to use a lot of technology. Towards the end of the titling sequence thenoise has reached it’s loudest and most dramatic which is important as it builds the most tension for when the movie isabout to start.LightingThere is limited lighting across the opening titling sequence because the screen is mostly dark. However the small amount oflight (the wash of brown) comes from the planet that we see orbiting on the screen. The reason why not a lot of light isused is because the darkness signifies death and mystery.PositioningThe titles are positioned at the top of the screen because it is the audiences central focus, this then allows the credits toappear in the centre of the screen and that’s where the alien appears in the film, the middle of you.
Title Research – The Thing The opening of ‘The Thing’ starts with a complete black screen with titles appearing deformed in different parts of the screen. The use of flashing, disturbing images sets a creepy mood; the images are not fully shown by either blurring it which makes the audience wonder what is going on, leaving them wanting to watch more, and then by using a extreme close up of the image are used to start to build tension from the very beginning of the movie that will spook the audience. The sound is dreary and low pitched, sometimes quickly increasing in tempo and pitch which builds suspense and mystery. The opening titling sequence serves as an extremely effective opening as it highlights and captures the mood of a sci-fi and horror movie with the use of low key lighting which has connotations with death and mystery; also the eeriness of the non-diegetic music especially appeals to sci-fi fans as it itself is quite mysterious sounding with low-pitched noises White on that signify science fiction elements. black font makes it clearer for Blurred the Images audience to create see. It also mystery stands out wellBlackbackgroundwhich hasconnotationswith deathand evilness Alien type images used on screen helps sets the mood for audience that this is a sci-fi/horror movie
Title Research – The ThingFontSimilarly to the film Alien, the text for the opening titles is also white which makes it easier tothe audience to read. The style of the font looks very disjointed and abnormal as some capslock are used throughout words; they have purposely edited the text like that because it links tothe themes of aliens and the supernatural in the movie.SpeedI have noticed that the whole titling sequence is also quite slow which is common for a sci-fi/horror movie. The titles appear quite quickly but stay onscreen for awhile before quicklyappearing off again; the reason for this is because it matches the high pitched noises that aresuddenly used throughout the music – it creates a sense of unease for the audience.SoundThe non-diegetic music is low and dreary but also very loud – this is to fully catch theattention of the audience and grip them on the end of the seats before the movie has alreadystarted to ensure that they are in the right mood. The high-pitched noises have connotationswith the aliens and the supernatural.LightingThe lighting seems to be concentrated on one area of each image; however the lighting is alsolimited for a reason. The low key lighting helps to give a clue to what the images are but itdoesn’t give away too much which is the main focal point of the movie – the fear of notknowing is the most frightening thing.PositioningThe titles and credits along with the images are all positioned differently on each section; thereason why they have done this is to ensure that it keeps the audience interested and payingattention. It can also be interpreted as one big mysterious puzzle piece which is significant asmost horror/sci-fi movies have a puzzling situation that the audience have to work out.
Title Research – Freaked The titles open on what seem to be a quite cheerful and colourful background with almost child-like font. The purpose of this relates to the genre of the film which is a comedy/sci-fi. The use of the disturbing images combined with the colourful backgrounds and bold white fonts helps to indicate to the audience that this comedy is not necessarily all happy ; but however contains elements of horror/sci-fi. The reason why I picked this titling sequence to compare to our titling sequence is because it was interesting how this film produced their titling based on a mixture of the two themes combined which will help inspire my movie which also has a mixture of two genres – sci-fi/horror. The titles that appear are very flashy and fast tempo – this makes the audience excited and catches their attention. The flashing lights are mesmerizing and they make the audience want to keep watching. The fast tempo rock music used is upbeat and quite exciting; it leaves the audience wanting to find out more The images are slightly about the film disturbing which is a Bold letters; complete arty font contrast from catches the the audiences backgrounds attention which are all different colours. It is like the audience are being torn byBold white, two differentand clear font ideas/themes.makes it clearto read; it isdramatic justlike the music
Title Research – FreakedFontThe font is white and bold which links well to the non-diegetic music of the opening titles.The also take up a lot of the space on screen to fill the empty spaces of the frame and so thatthey are easier to read.SpeedEach section of the opening titles stay onscreen for awhile whilst lights and images flashwhich make it look like they are moving at a fast pace – this is done because it makes theaudience excited and ready for the movie; it is also quite dramatic and works well, especially fora sci-fi/comedy.SoundThe non-diegetic music is a fast tempo rock song which is very loud and dramatic to reallydraw in the audiences attention. This is a real contrast to the film ‘Alien’ and ‘The Thing’ asboth use low pitched and slow music however this uses fast tempo music to capture theaudiences attention.LightingThe lighting is very bright and almost uncomfortable for the eyes. The point of this is to addto the dramatic effect of both titles and music; and they all work extremely well with eachother to emphasize the genre of the film.PositioningThe position of the images and credits appear in random order, either to the right or left sidehowever the main title ‘Freaked’ appears in the middle of the screen; it also dominated mostof the screen which is effective because the title is the most important part and it needs to oneof the main focal points.