Latest from the Screen-based Design category

Yogi Bear 2010

An element that is used is the use of sound. After watching the movie the audio and elements complement each other very well. The movements and visual elements are timed perfectly. The sound effects of the movie say the mood is very animated. I say animated because Yogi Bear and Boo Boo’s voices are very…

Edward Scissorhands

There are many overall features that strike my attention and give meaning to the actual movie’s “vibe” during its trailer. Throughout the entirety of the trailer, we can see that they chose to use a simple color scheme of blue and black. This dark color scheme that they use, communitcates the movie’s omninous quality. Along…

Watchmen

Watchmen is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore in 1986-87; it was adapted into a film in 2009. In 2019 it was adapted into a television series on HBO, where the title cards above are from. At the time of writing I have not yet watched the show, but I have read the novel…

“The Lego Movie” Title Sequence

“The Lego Movie” never fails to live up to its name as all aspects of the film are done entirely in lego animation, including the title sequence. Interestingly, the movie actually has no opening title sequence, and instead never reveals the title or any credits until the very end of the film. A deep look…

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver includes a title sequence at the beginning like a lot of films do. The Intro title sequence serves as a sort of “pre movie” credit roll; showing the lead actors, the directors, and the cinematographer. There are plenty of design elements used throughout that give way for the film, and set…

Pause 2017 Opening Titles – Different Perspective

The purpose of this piece was to explore the theme of that year’s theme of Different Perspectives. I believe that it accomplishes this rather well by focusing on different areas of an abandoned, empty city. I also find that the perspective brought by the repeated motif of a cat furthers this neutrality and curiosity generated…

Zombieland (2009)

One of the most notable characteristics of the title sequence of Zombieland is the soundtrack that is playing throughout. “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, by Metallica, starts blasting at the beginning with the intense guitar chorus and throaty singing matching perfectly with the slow motion camera shots of the people running for their lives from the…

Between the World and Me

The opening sequence for Between the World and Me is a work of art, bursting with color, knowledge and history. The use of design and design elements is not scarce throughout, the visual designers took every second and ran with it. As the audience you are able to see the precise use of color, movement through text…

Breaking Bad (2008)

Breaking Bad is a TV show that aired from 2008 to 2013 and was created by Vince Gilligan. The opening sequence successfully uses design elements that give viewers context – the show’s time period, main themes, and ideas. Typography, sound, color, and the show’s title itself convey the ideas behind the show’s plot. The title…

Le Petit Nicholas

Use of visual elements The opening credits utilize a pop up book style theme. Since the film is live action, this theme suggests to the audience that this was based on a book, even if they had not heard of said book in the first place. As the opening credits roll, the paper moves in…

Black Panther 2018

Black Panther is a Marvel Studios’ superhero film that was released in February 2018 and was also the first superhero movie that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Therefore, not only the overall representation of the film is beautiful but its title sequence, especially the end credits is also outstanding. The production studio…

Life of Brian

Though often perceived as a joke, as it is somewhat intended, Monty Python’s work is often taken less than seriously. However, Terry Gilliam, the groups graphic designer, is actually a very skilled designer and uses his talents of manipulating imagery and typography to create unique and fitting intros to their works, an example being Life…

The Americans 2013

The opening sequence for the 2013 television series, The Americans, utilizes design elements such as the juxtaposition of Russian and American-inspied imagery, a fast-paced style of movement, Russian-inspired musical elements, and a sans serif typeface reminiscent of Russian Communist Propaganda. The combination of these elements, which respectively represent visuals, movement, sound, and typography, set the…

A Kiss From Tokyo (2009)

A Kiss From Tokyo is an animated short which acts as a trailer for the book Yuki 7, written by Ada Cole and Kevin Dart about a woman known for her spy skillset and espionage. The animated short embodies this atmosphere of secrecy, sex, and mystery right away with its use of the word “dangerous”…

The Politician (2019)

“The Politician” (2019) created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, has a title sequence that captures the picture-perfect nature of the TV show through its musical clues, detailed motion, and color choices.  The title sequence starts off with the display of several intricate objects that each have specific purposes, then glides into the…