Creative Media Year 2
Graphic Design for the moving image
The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Title Designed by: Grunshaw,
Animated by: Ryan Brotherston.
In this particular title sequence it starts as soon as the starts, both getting a kick. The style keeps a colour scheme of red and black along with a style of a radio channel/frequency layout having the tuning dials of vintage radio sets, this fits in with the times as the film takes place in the 60s and is about radio at the time. The sequences then shows a collage of sorts where it presents a series of examples of people listening to the particular radio channel in different circumstances to show how popular it is. The title sequence as well as giving the crew of the production and such also gives trivia about Pirate radios round the UK at the time so you are up to date and understand the film more.
James Bond: Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Director: Guy Hamilton
Title Sequence designer: Maurice Binder
Maurice Binder is back for yet another James Bond title sequence design. Maurice Binder who died in April 9, 1991 designed 14 James Bond title sequences and was well known for them. After For 55 years and 26 James Bond films this one numbers 8 and is one of the most well known one, thanks to iconic song sung by Shirley Bassey who returned after singing ‘Goldfinger’. Once again, as it is with James Bond title sequences, there are females in attire that leaves little to the imagination but this time it shows the women wearing the diamonds with amplifies and links both as something beautiful and precious. The how sequence is designed not to be chronological and actually be in the plot but more of a dream sequence, as it is with most James Bond Title sequences.
Monty Python: Life of Brian (1979)
Director: Terry Jones
Designer and Animator of Title sequence: Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam once again animating the Monty Python title sequence but instead of the usual TV show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” it is a full length film. The main ideas for this stop motion paper cutout animation is that the creators will go into a gallery or museum or something and look at high end art to then say to themselves ‘How can we f**k this up and make it funny’ they will then take stuff like the leaflets and posters of the place where they will cut out the objects and animate them. Interestingly the Monty Python animation is so iconic and kind of unique that people conciser it its own style. I mean if you saw it you would go ‘oh it’s the Monty Python style’. It is quite a silly/ridiculous film which shows in the title sequence.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Director and Title sequence designer: Mamoru Oshii
This particular title sequence shows the process of a cyborg being built with accompanying score by Kenji Kawai that gives the whole sequence a sense of both human and non human but overall not relaxing. The sequence switches between the cyborg creation and a screen of green numbers moving in such a way to show that they are the code of a computer being processed, the number part ways the reveal the crew involved. This green text may seem familiar as it inspired the same thing in the film ‘The Matrix’. One one hand the cyborg creation seems futuristic but the green text seems primitive or ‘Modern’ for the time of the film as it kind of brings you back. The last shot of the title sequence is a kind of silhouette as it doesn’t want you to focus on the main character or inside of the room but instead what is outside, This is a kind of simple black and white style/technique.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Director: Otto Preminger
Designer of Title Sequence: Saul Bass
Saul Bass has get created another title sequence, this one being one the the early ones that actually revolutionised title sequences all together. This one in particular tends to take the title of the film quite literally as it separates a body into different sections/chunks and places the text on them. Although a simple colour scheme of black and white but in this case it works at its not meant to be a fancy film but more of a down to earth one. This and others of the time by Saul Bass influenced many films and one you may know it the film ‘Monsters Inc’ and ‘Catch me if you can’ which uses the same/similar style in its own title sequence.
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