Sunday, 9 January 2011

A Title Sequence That Inspires Me: RESEARCH

1408

A title sequence that inspires me is the title sequence in 1408, based on Stephen King's short story. First it shows the ident of Dimensions Films, then it shows the Dimension Films again but by text only and over a black screen which links it more to the film. A simple sans serif font is used for the credits and the title.

The fact that it is dark and raining makes the title sequence more intense and suggests that the place that the main character, played by John Cusack, is going to will be an intense place. By showing it twice it makes the audience familiar with the production and distribution company. It then shows the name of the producer, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, then it shows the name of the director, Mikael Hafstrom, before fading from the black screen to the video.

We hear the rain faintly along with the intense music and it fades into the video, both elements of sound build up which adds to the suspense. It then shows the names of the stars. There is a short break from the credits, until the main character enters his room at the hotel. The credits continue, accompanied by the intense, eerie music. I really liked this title sequence and will use some ideas in my groups thriller opening.

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