Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The title sequence is the method most films use to present their title, key production and members of the cast.  It is usually followed by the opening credits.  It gives the audience a better insight on all the people who contributed to the making of this film.  The order of appearance for the information given in the title sequence differs with various films.

Title sequence opening of Pelham 123 in order:

#1 Distributors : Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
#2 Production Company : Scott Free / Escape artists
#3 Film Supervisors : Tony Scott
#4 Main actors : Denzel Washington & John Travolta

#5 Title : The taking of Pelham 1 2 3
#6 Setting of the scene
#7 Other actors
#8 Casting director
#9 Costume designer
#10 Music supervisor
#11 Co-executive producers
#12 Editor
#13 Production designer
#14 Director of photography
#15 Executive producers
#16 Producers
#17 Current time  

This title sequence inspires me because it really blends in well with the movie. The same font used in the poster is used for the information provided, and the use of binary opposition doesn't only make them both look good, but because of the pace they move in, as well as the pace the scenes move in, curiousity and suspense is automatically created in less than 5 minutes into the film.  Adding to that, the mixture of digetic and non-digetic sound contributes towards the good opening.  It provides the information about the film's background and still keeps the audience engaged with the little clips shown in between.  I believe it achieves all the aspects needed for a successful title sequence.

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