Latest from the Screen-based Design category

Spectre

The James Bond series, originating in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, is arguably one of the most iconic and well-known examples of opening title sequence design. From the original 1962 adaptation of Fleming’s work, Dr. No, a stunning collection of artful and immensely-detailed opening credits followed; resulting from this, certain imagery and even film scores…

Charade

Designed by Maurice Binder in 1963, the title sequence for Charade is mid-century abstract foreshadowing of narrative at its finest. Charade is an absolute classic in the thriller genre, and it exhibits some of the best misdirection, unexpected twists, turns, and thrills in film history, all while possessing impeccable style, wit, and panache. One of…

True Detective

True Detective is a show full of tension, drama, and violence.  A masterpiece of a show must have a masterpiece of an opening. Thanks to Patrick Clair the show got an opening title sequence that you could watch over and over again and the beauty still stands.  The title sequence conveys the mood of the…

Bojack Horseman

The opening sequence for Bojack Horseman is of time-crafted eloquence. It effectively sums up six entire seasons packed with intricate plot twists and constantly changing themes, characters and references. The impact of this opening animation relies heavily on the visual rolling of information accompanied by the iconic theme song. Elements of design play a strong…

The Virgin Suicides

I chose The Virgin Suicides to analyze for my Film before the Film assignment. I had never actually seen nor heard about this movie, so I had to watch it and do a little bit of research to understand the design themes at the beginning of the movie. I decided to choose this film because…

The Kingdom

I used to think that the opening title sequence of a television show or movie served a single purpose: provide the viewer an overview of the cast and production team. This writing project and recent COVID-19 induced binge watching has opened my eyes to how filmmakers utilize title sequences to engage their audience, provide context…

ALterEd StaTEs

Many films and shows have intros to set the tone of the story. Altered States is one of those stories, using images, movements, typography, sound, and lighting to set the tone and mood for the rest of the film. But first, a little background is in order. Background The film was made in 1980 and…

Cape Fear

Cape Fear Up until this project, I had never heard of the 1990’s thriller, Cape Fear, but I think that it’s nice to have a truly fresh perspective on this title sequence, having never seen it before. I didn’t look up what kind of movie this was, or when it was produced until after I…

True Blood (HBO)

When I first watched the intro to this show I was somewhat shocked as to what I was getting myself into. Although I have never seen the show, I know the basics of its plot as my mother used to watch it when I was younger. Surprisingly enough, I fully expected the sexual nature of…

Barbarella (1968)

“I’ll do things to you that are beyond all known philosophies!” -Durand- Durand   This opening title for the movie Barbarella features an unrestrained intergalactic planetary aviatrix, played by Jane Fonda, slowly peeling off the spacesuit in the weightless atmosphere. The title shows off Barbarella’s beauty through many aspects and introduces the character romantically.   …

Casino Royale

In 1953, the British writer, Ian Flemming introduced the world to the spy, James Bond. Since then, the cult following behind the 007 series has grown to unbelievable proportions, spawning twenty-six movies, each making hundreds of millions of dollars and some topping one billion. Because of the notoriety of the series, the opening sequences are…

The New Pope

The television show The New Pope, released in January of 2020, encompasses a modern, scandalous, and humorous take on the battle of who is the rightful Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The opening title sequence for the show is an extremely accurate representation of what the mood of the show is, and gives a…

The Crown

“The Crown” has been one of Netflix’s most popular dramas since its release in 2016. It tells the story the modern Queen Elizabeth and her family as they struggle under the weight of royal life. The title sequence, designed by Paul Kim, Felix Soletic, Raoul Marks, and Patrick Clair, is a beautiful representation of the…

North by Northwest

North by Northwest is a thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock about an advertising executive in New York City who is mistaken to be a government agent and has to outrun foreign spies. However, the star of this movie was the famous introduction, designed by Saul Bass in 1959. This experimental sequence is often cited as…