Latest from the Screen-based Design category

American Dynasties: The Kennedys

For this assignment, I chose the introduction to American Dynasties: The Kennedys. The opening begins on photos of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr and Rosemary Kennedy, the heads of the Kennedy family. Their names are displayed next to them before zooming in on an animation of them holding hands, before moving down and showing their children.…

An Inconvenient Truth

The film begins with peaceful music and slow narration discussing the serene beautiful environment being shown on screen. There’s a sparkling river, bright green foliage, and a beautiful blue sky with the sun shining brightly.  The narrator says “look at that river flowing by, you notice the leaves gently rustling in the wind” while the…

Yellowstone

Yellowstone’s opening scenes do a great job in preparing the viewer for what they are about to watch.  The three elements of design that were most evident to me were the use of visuals, sound, and lighting.  The creator used graphics that depicted different elements of the plot by creating a video of different silhouetted…

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey is confusing, at first–is this the right movie? Did something go wrong? For the first three minutes, the screen is black, and absolutely devoid of color, form, or movement. The only cue is auditory: a quiet, synthetic, and dissonant hum, which, every so often, grows louder as an…

Splice

The opening title sequence for Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi film Splice sets the tone for an experience that promises to be unsettling. Intriguing perhaps, peculiar for certain, but above all floats an air of uneasiness. The screen blooms with sickly, emerald light. Effervescent bubbles rise around webbed tissue and inhuman viscera. The names of the cast…

Community (2009)

The opening to the TV show, Community, features an animated paper fortune teller, upbeat music, and a classroom setting. To someone who has no context about the show, you may assume that it is a light-hearted, possibly comedic, show about students and their lives in school. As someone who has watched this show, that is…

Captain America- The First Avenger (2011)

The imagery in the title sequence is Military based using military posters/ Propaganda as a way to reinforce the themes of the movie. The creators implemented 3d animation into 2D historical posters. They used a technique to bring iconic propaganda posters to life and in a 3d spaces. The way that these works are like…

Ant-Man

The movie I chose was Ant-Man, a Marvel Studios film released in 2015. It follows Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, as he is recruited for a heist by Hank Pym (Micheal Douglas), and becomes the Ant-Man. The title sequence of this move has various design elements that relate to the film itself. One of…

Mission Impossible (1988 Original Series)

The Film Before the Film : Mission Impossible (1988 Original Series) The theme song played in the opening credits of the tv series is now most iconically known for being, “spy music”. It was originally composed by Lalo Schifrin. This music successfully conveys the message of action accompanied with a sort of smooth, sneakiness. Basically,…

Mon Oncle (1958)

The opening title sequence of the film Mon Oncle displays a unique style of visual elements using geometric shapes and neutral colors. The modern homes of Monsieur and Madame Arpel and their neighbors in the suburbs of Paris include geometric shapes such as circles for windows and squares for tiles. This technique along with using…

Spies in Disguise

Spies in Disguise (2019) is a fun and action-packed animated movie, whose opening title sequence uses typography, color, motion, imagery, and sound to establish an identity, while simultaneously introducing the film and its characters. The title sequence opens with the name of the film (Spies in Disguise). The use of typography in this title is…

El Don (2008)

El Don (2008) is a TV series that has quite the remarkable opening sequence, that gives a great glimpse of what the show will entail. The use of black color as the lighting in majority of the sequence gives off a mysterious feeling. Many shows or movies will reveal very accurate footage of what the…

Venom (2018)

Venom released in 2018 is an action superhero movie that takes place within the Marvel universe. However, it is not released by Marvel Studios and instead is released by Sony who own the rights to the character. The title card at the end of the movie, along with the oncoming credits, have a very dramatic…

The 13th (2016)

I have previously watched the 13th amendment and I believe that this documentary not only has a great story and brings awareness to something important; it is also a great example of graphic design. Throughout the documentary they focus on their use of typography, light, and visual elements. While I will be focusing on the…

Limitless (2015)

  The title sequence of Limitless uses a very unique way to introduce elements of the story, by using numerous lines in multiple bright colors that flow throughout the screen and create various forms. One of the main design elements used in this sequence is movement to create visual interest and draw the eye to…