Top 10 Title Sequences

A powerful title sequence can have a huge impact on capturing the audiences attention. For many years, a title sequence wasn't seen as a device to explore creativity therefore missing the opportunity to create a lasting impression on the viewer. 

In recent years, there has been an increase in focus on the production of these short introductions combining beautiful graphics or footage with typography. The clips are a great way to encompass what the film-maker is trying to convey and a useful device for rounding up the theme of the feature. They are, afterall, the thing that stays consistant throughout a series and will stay in people's memory.

While many still draw on inspiration from Saul Bass, others are starting to branch out into other media and becoming more experimental with the few moments they have. 

Here are some of our favourites. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our thoughts on each one.


Patrick Clair for HBO's True Detective


Life of Brian


Carnivale


Game of Thrones


Halt and Catch Fire


Turn


Marco Polo


Dexter


Enter the Void


Catch Me If You Can


It is quite interesting to see the different techniques in these pieces. From the clever directing and cuts of Dexter, a drama about a serial killer cop, to the Saul Bass style catch me if you can, they are all reflective of their theme.

True Detective directed by  

'When we were initially briefed, Nic Pizzolatto, the showrunner, and Cary Fukunaga, the director, spoke a lot about how the landscape and setting of the show revealed the characters and reflected their internal struggles. ' 

They reveal they were given scripts of a few episodes to allow them to gauge the feel of the series and experiments with using double exposure to create interesting images of the characters within their surroundings. Reflective of the storyline, it demonstrates the way the characters are revealed through location.

Life Of Brian by Terry Gilliam

This animation for the Monty Python series use Terry Gilliams realistic yet cartoony drawings are animated in a way that creates humour, reflective of the series. The style of these graphics are instantly recognisable and unique which is one of the qualities that makes this sequence so striking.

Carnivale by Angus Wall

This American series depicts the battle between good and evil and as we float through the titles, we pick up on certain themes that are visited in the series. The main view for thie sequence was to 'ground viewers in the time frame of the show' and uses archival footage to help create this. 

Game of Thrones by Elastic

Fantasy series that depicts the struggle between families for the control of the Iron Throne. With the setting in a world we are unfamiliar with, a map takes central stage to help set the scene upon which scenes are built. This gives the audience an interesting education into the setting and glimspes of the storyline.

Halt and Catch Fire directed by Patrick Clair

Set in the 1980's, this series depiction the innovation of personal computing and creating something which they believe can change the future. Using glitchy animation, you are immediately placed into the realm of computing and the inclusion of peoples faces help introduce you to the characters.

Turn by 

'The title sequence brings to life a journey through Revolutionary War spy techniques as seen through hollow-cut silhouette portraiture of the same era. The series explores the birth of modern espionage as several childhood friends Long Island come together to form the Culper Ring, a team of spies who help George Washington in his battle to smuggle information.'

Marco Polo from The Mill

Based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, this opening sequence explores the themes of greed, betrayal and rivalry. The ink bleeds into different images to help represent these key points.

Dexter directed by Eric Anderson

This entirely footage based opening sequence uses clever cuts to reflect the main theme of murder throughout the series. The focus on everyday tasks and hinting at the idea of death through them helps illustrate the contrast Dexter's character within the series.

Enter the Void by Tom Kan

A film set in the neon lights of tokyo, this drug induced film has some just as crazy titles to introduce it. The tone of the film is reflected in the fast paced bright typographic sequences collected from films, flyers, and signs.  

Catch Me If You Can by Kuntzel + Deygas.

Flowing type, smooth lines and clever transitions reflect the the theme behind this grifter film. Set in the sixties, it was no coincidence that this has a Saul bass feel to it and was the use of silhouettes help to employ the idea of the character being a trickster. 


Posted: Tue 24th Feb 2015

Tags: Motion, animation, best, intro, sequence, start, Title, Top 10

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