Monday, 17 October 2011

Title Sequence Research - Raging Bull

As the film opens we hear the sound of The Intermezzo (which is the main theme for the film). We then see a black and white boxer warming up to the side of the ring while the camera is fixed upon him. Between the ropes of the ring we can see the titles appear, the red in the words Raging Bull is the only colour we see in the film.

Title Sequence Research - Spider-Man 2

The design concept and Danny Elfmans score really make the title sequence of Spider-Man 2 worth watching. The use of only three colours showing in between the web like shapes and the story of the first film through paintings of stills from it are very effective. The music is unforgettable and visual shapes that made from the web is really amazing, as the credits twist and turn over names and pictures changing both colour and size.

Title Sequence Research - Catch Me if You Can

The dream like animation of Catch Me if You Can's title sequence sets the film up as a stylish and cunning thriller. John Williams music emphasizes the dream like state of this opening to provide a well done title sequence. It is very much in the style of a 1960's cartoon, such as the Pink Panther, as this was the time period the film was set in. Its also very clever how the words interact with the animated characters to provide walls and so on. There are also many music cue's the aid the visual effect on screen. 

Title Sequence Research - A Clockwork Orange

The opening to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange sets the tone of the film in on long zooming out shot. The titles are in bright bold colours while the music presents an futuristic setting. These simple titles as well as the voice of Alex the main character leave a haunting effect on the viewer. 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sound - The Good The Bad And The Ugly

This whole extract is one song called Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone from the film The Good The Bad And The Ugly. This is one of the most epic films ever made and the soundtrack really expresses this. As the music builds the character we see, Tuco played by Eli Wallach, races to find a grave with the gold inside it. The long it takes for him to find the grave the more the music builds and as he finds the centre of the cemetery the music slows down as he slows down. Towards the end as he continues to gain speed so does the music and the camera movement until finally the music stops suddenly and we see the grave. 


Film Opening - Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Scott Pilgrim vs The World Opening - In my opinion Scott Pilgrim vs The World is one of the best films of 2010 and this intro sets up the story for the rest of the movie. The film is an onslaught of witty jokes, big effects and great music. In this opening each character has a brief introduction to themselves in the form of a black box that appears next to each character the first time the audience sees them. This box acts as a snip it of information that lets the audience know something about that character. There are as many visual effects as there are sound effects, for example when the doorbell rings we here the "ding dong" as well as seeing it in a cloud of smoke that appears to come out of the main characters head. This shows that it is his world that we are inside of. As soon as the music starts up the titles beginning to roll as we get a long zooming shot and an over the shoulder shot of the two characters sitting on the sofa while the band play a song. There are many mixed visual and sound effects during this part of the scene, as any character that makes a sound using an instrument, we see the sound in a visual effect. Then the titles start and we get a colourful effect for the titles going through who is in the film. Then is it comes back to the characters we are still zooming in on one character as the band finish there song with more visual and sound effects. This character appears to have been hypnotised by everything that was going on. We then quickly cut to a different room where the other characters are talking about how the girls seemed nice, then the scene ends.

Side Note - I couldn't find any videos of this with out the Screen Flow Demo on, sorry.