Latest from the Screen-based Design category

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

In the film, Monsters, Inc., the opening sequence includes various design elements that set the tone and mood for the audience. This animation was created by Geefwee Boedoe who used a traditional method of paper cutouts and drawings before digitally translating it. The 2-D visuals are all stylized to look drawn, creating an organic and…

Higher Learning (1995)

The opening title sequence visually communicates what Higher Learning is about by the way it uses typography to introduce the cast and production members. The font itself has a playful and informal tone but it’s also a bold, intimidating font, especially since it is in capital letters. The stark contrast of the almost-fluorescent white against…

Sons of Anarchy

The opening title sequence for the television series, “Sons of Anarchy”, successfully uses many design elements, including use of sound, lighting, and typography, to portray the overall tone of the show. “This Life” by Curtis Stigers can be heard over the introduction visuals, as a solemn rock song with a western twang, the lyrics revolving…

Bored to Death

Use of Typography  The series intro begins with a slow zoom on what seems to be a detective novel based on the wardrobe of the gentleman on the cover. The man is mostly hidden in the shadows and wearing a cap. Once the pages flip to land on a page, all the text on the…

Stranger Than Fiction

Sound, movement, and typography all play large roles in the opening sequence of Stranger than Fiction. Throughout the Title sequence, Sound is incredibly effective in establishing the mood of this movie. In starting his day, there are many sounds that pull the audience into the narrative of the main character. Some of these are the…

To Kill A Mockingbird(1962)

The intro title scene for To Kill a Mockingbird grabs the attention of the audience through the introduction of a mysterious treasure box which provokes the audience’s curious mind to find out what it contains. In this short film, the director introduces some important symbols and visual elements that are crucial to the overall message…

The Black Godfather (2019)

The Black Godfather is a documentary about Charlie Avant. Based on the introduction to the documentary he was known by almost any celebrity or person of higher class (for example the intro showed interviews with Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, and Barack Obama). For the rest of the intro they did not give too many details…

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End begins its game with an opening sequence that has various design elements that are telling of the themes and ideas that will be present throughout. The sequence’s visuals, typography, and use of lighting all set the stage for what kind of game Uncharted 4 is. The entire title occurs within…

Not Of This Earth (1957)

Watching the opening credits of Roger Corman’s 1957 film , Not Of This Earth, you are able to draw conclusions about what this film is about, and the title in itself helps support the mood of this film to something thrilling/horrifying. Because this film was made in the 1950’s, it is very interesting to compare the visual…

Crystal Fairy and The Magical Cactus

Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus directed by Sebastián Silva is a film that is anything but ordinary. Its title sequence goes out of its way to make sure the viewer knows it is not a normal movie. This is shown through the opening sequence’s use of visual elements, movement, and sound. The visual elements…

The Pink Panther 1963

The Pink Panther has one of the most iconic audio soundtracks included in its title sequence. Most everyone can recognize the catchy tune and associate it with The Pink Panther. The music comes across as sneaky as it sounds like it is creeping forward. This is useful because the pink panther is a sneaky character…

Spice World

In 2019 Studio Moross joined Creative Director Lee Lodge as part of a core creative team to manage the art direction and design across the screens and stage for the Spice Girls UK and Ireland tour. Since at the time, the Spice Girls had not been on stage in seven years, this tour was significant.…

God of War (2010)

In the god of war opening sequence has many elements that gives the viewers an idea of what the game is going to be about. From the start of the opening the tone of the game can be felt from the music and how the narrator is talking. The music that was also chosen gives…

Arrested Development

The show that I chose to analyze for this assignment is the opening title sequence of Arrested Development.  The element of design that stuck out the most to me was the use of sound. Now, the obvious aspect of this is the voiceover done by Ron Howard, one of the executive producers for the show.…

Do The Right Thing

The film I decided to analyze is Do The Right Thing, a Spike Lee classic. The opening title of the film visually communicates a form of retribution and fighting for what is “right.” It does so through the use of sound, lighting, and movement. First and maybe the most important element used is sound. The…