Monday, 12 October 2009

Research - title sequences

To Kill a Mockingbird;
I like this title sequence, when you actually see the title, and the drawing within it is interesting and creative, other than that it's quite boring with sad music.

John Carpenter's Halloween title sequence is really simple and minimal, yet the themes and genre are instantly connoted. None of the characters are introduced to us, which in it's own way creates even more suspense...
The use of the orange text, turning to red, is dark and sinister. The sequence uses the icon of the pumpkin, the symbol of the childrens holiday tradition, yet somehow connoting a truly eerie, chilling thing. It's something which is supposed to be innocent and normal, and not at all threatening, but turns out to be the sinister being, reflecting the plot itself.
We're not let in on the setting but from the theme of Halloween, we, the audience, gather that it's a suburban location, as in normal American culture where Halloween is celebrated.
An obvious horror flick, right from the start, with little effort needed.

A brief analysis of the title sequences from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films; The characters are introduced to us with their names and code-names. Tarantino uses low angles, a certain style you see in his crime/action films. Although the genre isn't straight-forward and simple, and isn't clear from the title sequence, the action genre is connoted from the kinds of shots, with men in positions of fighting?

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