Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Title Sequence Analysis

What Lies Beneath (2000)
Title sequence of "What Lies Beneath" is a very repetitive title sequence (I will explain further on).

Traditionally in a title sequence they try to cram the names of important people at the beginning. These companies depend on the success of the film because they invest in the production and supply the funds. The information that is mostly included in the title sequence are:

  • Distributor
  • Production company
  • Titles
  • main actors
  • Extra actors
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Director
  • Musical director
  • Editor
  • Product design (mise en scene)
  • Executive Producers
  • Director of Photography
  • Plus more....
Normally the title sequence occurs at the start and sometimes overlaps the start of the film. Just before the start of the film footage the title of the film appears just to remind you what the films called. 

 Here is a Time line from the start of the title sequence to the end. I custom made this to emphasise the repetition of the films titles. 

Notice how "20th Century fox" appear twice... quite greedy I think. 

I particularly like this title sequence because it's short and doesn't bore the audience to death with names of people who we probably do not know.  Unlike the images provided above, in the actual title sequence of "What lies beneath" they change the colour and look of the companies known logos to suit the ambience/mood of the film. Dominantly the colours are deep/blue's which almost seamlessly fade into the start of the film footage. 

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