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Observations on film art » It’s the 80s, stupid » Print. Choose Me.

Observations on film art » It’s the 80s, stupid » Print

DB here: In an earlier post, I proposed that film historians can’t safely assume that decades mark off meaningful periods. Yet I can’t help succumbing to the temptation myself. It happens every time I hear about how the 1970s were the last great decade in American film. We’re often told that back then, countercultural forces gave us movies of restless auteur ambition like Five Easy Pieces and Nashville and Mean Streets and Shampoo.

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Top 10 Body Horror Movies. Main/Body Horror. A site devoted to Media Studies. Watch the Titles - Collection - Film title sequence. Art of an Indie Title Sequence. Well, I wasn’t expecting to post about this for a few months, but since it was unveiled, I can now.

Art of an Indie Title Sequence

I finished work on the opening title sequence for the upcoming film Ingenue, directed by Kate Chaplin. Kate decided to drum up some excitement by posting the sequence now while the film is still in the finishing stages of post. Here are some mildly interest notes about how it was conceived. I love title sequences, but I’ve never really made one properly before. We did a really short one for Love Dance, and I did a couple in college, but they weren’t really intended to set a tone.

Ingenue is the story of a couple who finds a human clone in their basement and has to raise it and teach it what it means to be a woman. The femininity is abstract and literal. The DNA stuff at the beginning was Kate’s conception. This is the first time I’ve ever edited a piece that was totally silent and had music scored to it. And some quick behind the scenes of the actual creation.

Ta da, title sequence. The Best Title Sequences..., a list of films by MONIROM. Suggested by Daniel Maitland, Both Spiderman 2 and The Incredible Hulk Opening Titles can technically be considered Prologues, the same name Kyle Cooper chose for his most recent company.

The Best Title Sequences..., a list of films by MONIROM

He proposed integrating the credits fully into an opening that would serve as the main title as well as encapsulating Peter Parker's and Bruce Banner’s story. Never one to repeat himself literally, In Spiderman 2 it was done with illustration, in The Incredible Hulk with photography and live footage. The fact that both yielded such good results, lends credibility to the myth that many directors now don't want to work with Kyle Cooper -- for fear that the film will be overshadowed by the opening credits.

FACT: Cooper actually did the titles for all three of Raimi's Spiderman movies as well as the original design on the flipping comic book page logo for Marvel. When does this man sleep? Spiderman 2 Opening Titles-Credits. Bunraku Opening preview (The Narrator: Mike Patton) Draft: Title sequences and their role in the commodification of film/tv culture. As I’ve developed my argument through the process of actually writing, rather that doing a plan first (maybe this hasn’t been the easiest way to do this…), I’m posting my draft up here, in case anyone has the patience or is curious enough to want to read it.

Draft: Title sequences and their role in the commodification of film/tv culture

Any comments very welcome, although don’t feel obligated – I am putting it up also as a record on the blog of the development of my thinking, as the next stage on from my previous post with its list of seemingly unconnected questions. PS – I’ve not yet included any of my quotes or references to the title sequences I will be using as illustrations… Thanks all :-) Title sequences, synonymous with cinema but also now becoming more elaborately used in television, can be seen as part of the packaging of films and programmes, an expected prelude to watching the main piece. We only see them once we’ve chosen to watch a film, but this does not necessarily mean they are not influential in our initial decision on whether to / what to view.

Film Title Sequences. The other day and that, I was like totally watching Reservoir Dogs.

Film Title Sequences

I completely forgot how good that film was, from its fantastically simple plot, great casting, unexpected soundtrack and iconic title sequence. It got me thinking about the important role a title sequence plays towards the success of a film. It then got me thinking about some my favourite title sequences. I then started thinking of american style waffles, but thats another story. Here is a small handful of my favourite film opening sequences, starting with Reservoir Dogs. Dexter – A series about a Police blood spatter pattern analyst who leads a secret life of a serial killer. Naked Gun – If you haven’t seen the Naked Gun Films you are a boob. Greatest Guy Movies of All Time. Greatest Guy Movies of All-Time: Guy movies often feature contests (conflicts or games), hot cars and women, road trips, sexual initiations, male bonding and buddies, profanities and obscenities, and excessive action fight-explosion sequences.

Greatest Guy Movies of All Time

They usually include lavish doses of brutality, ultra- or cartoonish violence, various vulgarities, competitiveness, races, blunt humor, trite dialogue, and scenes with naked males and females. The themes and content of these time-wasting, 'macho' or 'guys' films appeal most to male audiences. The three most common areas included in male-oriented flicks are: