Archive for March, 2019

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the shell is a science fiction film that based on Masamune Shirow’s manga. The story sets the stage in the future where people start to have cybernetic improvements to the trait which makes humans become more like robots in a sense. The main character is about a girl named Major Killian (Motoko Kusanagi)…

Juno

          For this assignment I decided to focus on the opening title sequence of the film Juno. I chose this movie over the remaining choices, largely because it has a very distinct and memorable introduction, but also because I wished to explore it further with my current understanding of design. Additionally,…

Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite, one of my all-time favorites, is a cult comedy based around the relatively average life of Napoleon Dynamite. The film seems almost plotless as the humor is very dry and uncomfortable. The title sequence matches this stiff tone with very generic transitions, music, and imagery that are still very creatively interconnected. The title…

Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man is a 1999 American science fiction film starring Robin Williams that explores the complexities of humanity, slavery, and prejudice in a comedic-drama tone. The movie itself could not really find the identity that it wanted to achieve; with obvious contrasting themes and a cliché script that falls flat despite being based on a…

From Russia with Love

Personally, I am not a fan of the Bond series, so I am not familiar with the film From Russia with Love (1963), but I was able to watch the film to better understand how the title sequence ties in with the storyline of the movie. James Bond is called to Istanbul to meet with…

The Kite Runner

The movie The Kite Runner is about a wealthy Afghani boy named Amir who is tormented by the guilt of not helping his servants son, and childhood friend Hassan when he is brutally assaulted by a local bully. Years later, when Amir is living in California, he is brought back to Afghanistan by his father’s…

The Number 23

  The film I watched was The Number 23 based on a man, Walter Sparrow, who comes upon a book which reflects the title of the film and through reading it, becomes obsessed with the number 23. He starts to see it in all aspects of his life and it eventually drives him mad, makes…

The Borgias

Season one of Showtime’s The Borgias (2011) is a show the depicts the decadent lies and scandals of the Borgia family, outsiders from Spain who attempt to take over Renaissance-era Italy through treachery, lies, and manipulation. The Borgias is packed full of themes such as lust, greed, and murder. Through the art of imagery, movement, and…

I Love Hue

One of my favorite apps on my phone is a game called I Love Hue, and its one of those games that you would never want to delete because of how interesting and fun it is. The goal of the game is to unscramble a color gradient. There is no time or move limit, and…

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television currently, airing on HBO since 2011. The show is an adaptation of a book series by George R.R Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire. The fantasy drama takes place in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos in an “alternate world…

Karin Fong: Film Titling & Film Titling as Experience

While watching the two assigned videos for Karin Fong, I was automatically captivated by her passion and enthusiasm towards animating title sequences. The creation and impact of title sequences is something that people don’t really give enough credit to–they’re often overlooked if not skipped over by a vast majority of audiences, Netflix’s recent “SKIP INTRO”…

Thank You for Smoking

“Thank You for Smoking” boasts a title sequence that correlates directly with the plot and feel of this satirical comedy. This sequence was crafted by the production studio Smith & Lee Design, a firm that earned awards for introducing both “Juno” and “Up in the Air.” This introduction is nothing like those two, though, and…

Westworld

Westworld, a show about a fictional life-like Wild West theme park staffed by sentient android “hosts,” is a show with a very particular and tangible mood and aesthetic. The title sequence for Westworld is one that is incredibly entrancing – it moves through multiple scenes of artificial beings of Westworld in action while being built…

Raleigh Solar Compactor Poster

The Wild Design shown in the Featured Image is an analog format, as it is a poster displayed on one of the solar compactor trash/recycling bins on Hillsborough Street. In 2013, the city of Raleigh implemented high-technology BigBelly Trash and Recycling Bins that use solar compaction to reduce the space waste takes up. These cans…

Eddie Opara Campus Lecture

Eddie Opara, a well-established designer whose work spans all 5 of the different practices we have learned, detailed “what the hell he does on a daily basis” and the hierarchy that fuels the intention behind his work in his lecture about many of his projects. His hierarchy lies in 9 different categories: neutral, variable, adaptive,…