Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Art of the Title Sequence

I looked at The Art of the Title Sequence website in order to gain knowledge of the types of title sequences used for specific films and the effects of them. One that stood out to me a great deal was the title sequence of Max Payne.

Max Payne contact sheet

This film used the discrete title sequence style and this was edited separately from the rest of the film. I think this worked well as it gives the audience an insight on the type of film they are watching as this title sequences helps to tell the story of the film rather than just the beginning. The sequence begins with the name of the director, followed by the production designer, the actual tittle and then the names of actors and actresses in the film.

The images that the titles are placed of are dark but violent. They are images of explosion, fire and weapons in a black background which connotes violence, war and lack of emotion in this film. The repetitive colour or red is used which connotes danger and particularly makes the writing stand out against the black background. Some long shots are used but the majority are close ups and extreme close ups so the audience feel face to face with the weapons and therefore face to face with the action in the film.

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