The Beauty in Title Sequences

Title sequences are such an important part in film and tv, they usually come at the forefront so need to be interesting to keep the audience engaged. They also need to give relevant information about the piece but keeping it visually stimulating with sound and movement. I’ve picked out 5 opening sequences that I find exciting to watch.

American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story is a popular TV series based upon different horror backgrounds, in this season it’s based in a 1950’s freak show. The title sequence is such a beautiful piece made by a mixture of stop motion and digital animation. The whole movement to the piece is very jumpy and static much like an antique wind up doll. Having this jolting view all adds to the mystery and horror that the audience is about to behold. The music to this introduction is also very important, the base is the iconic AHS theme song but with a circus like twist. Popping balloons, bells and warped fairground ride music all adds to this creepy aesthetic but also about what is in-store. The text they use is a distressed white typeface which stands out but fits the background. It very cleverly interacts with the moving aspects, for example once touched with a clowns nose the text disappears in to thin air. Everything about this title sequences is antique circus themed but with a twist that leaves you feeling disturbed.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

I am a walking contradiction as I am a lover of all things cute and girly; My Little Pony has been a childhood favourite for me and still continues to be a favourite now. This film features the iconic ponies who wander into an alternative universe where they turn into humans, all while searching for twilights stolen crown. The title sequence is a spellbinding twist on the original theme song with current electronic elements. Featuring this also futuristic kaleidoscope design which conjures up feelings of childhood. The entire piece has an overall childlike feel for its targeted audience of young girls. Its fun music pairs well with the playful moving elements, this including the text which interacts charmingly with the images. In this case the text falls from the trees like apples in such a fun lively way, which I think is what the program is all about.

Hemlock Grove

Hemlock Grove is a very aesthetically pleasing Netflix Original show. It features the story of a werewolf and demon becoming friends after some intense rivalry. The opening sequence is quite beautiful with its classical style music. Its elegant music shares its fluid movement with the blood which seems to be floating though some other liquid. Overall the piece looks extremely graceful, giving an accurate inside to how the programme feels. The fluidity is also reflected in the type which fades in and out, nothing is harsh about this introduction. It is truly elegant and soft, in fact contradicting the plentiful violence which is shown in this programme.

The Final Destination

The forth in the Final Destination film series, which features countless gruesome deaths. Considering the films crude premise the title sequence is quite sophisticated. The rock-esque song played throughout is very fast paced which coincides with the violent imagery. The x-ray pictures move very quickly though the opening and also flow through one another. For example at the start the top of the ladder morphs into the metal rod that penetrates a gentleman’s head. Even though the images are quite jerky they have fluid movement between them. The type interacts with the moving parts to again create the continuous feel throughout the piece.

Happy Tree Friends

Happy Tree Friends is an amalgamation of all things cute and gruesome. It is a children’s TV program based on furry friend whom kill each other in many varying ways. The premise for the introduction is a children’s pop-up book; this creates a jerking movement that plays on the ominous side to the program. Each page’s pop-out section is animated to the same beat as the theme tune. The music makes the piece feel far more upbeat than it actually is. The high-pitched character sounds reference the psychotic animals that play a big part in the short stories.

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