Tuesday, March 31, 2009

art of the title sequence

In one of my favorite scenes in High Fidelity Rob Gordan describes the making of a good mix tape. "For me, making a tape is like writing a letter. There's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You've got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention."

I think a similar case can be made for a movie's title sequence, all be it brief, the title sequences is your first taste of a movie. It can entices you or shock you. It sets the tone for the movie, it peaks the curiosity, and sometimes a good title sequences, a really good title sequence, can be more memorable than the movie itself.
I recently discovered the art of the title site, a website solely dedicated to the best title sequences, including interviews.  Looking at each title sequence, on it's own, you truly come to realize what a labor of love each second is.

... and how often it's these first second that stick with us in our collective memories.

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