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Art of the Title - new analysis hwk due Monday 29th February - BLOG 13

o to the following website that analyses and shows Film title sequences = Art of the Title

I would like you to look at the following film titles 


Dawn of the Dead

Alien Series 

Dirty Harry

The Player

Once Upon a Time in The West 

Mean Streets  

I would like you to start by watching each of these ttile sequences and getting an overview of why they are effective as opening titles sequences - try and discuss with each other how they make you feel.

Then answer the following questions 


  1. How are the titles edited with music/sound/shot types - think about the pace of the edit?
  2. How do the titles/typography reflect the narrative/themes/genre of the Film?
  3. How is music and sound used in the film opening - remember silence is sound
  4. What iconography is used and how is it used to develop genre? 
  5. How is the narrative established - if you had to sum up the 'story' in sentence what would it be? For each film come up with a sentence that is snappy and sums up what you think the film is about.
  6. Does the Film opening contain enigma codes - give some examples of these.
  7. If the film introduces the main character how does the director develop the characters that we see? Explore the use of mise en scene, cinematography and editing to establish character.
  8. Does the title sequence introduce the thematic concerns/ideas of the film?
  9. How does it draw you into the world of the film?
  10. Write down every title and the time it comes in to the sequence - including insitution logos

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