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Analysing Film Title Sequences

abateman | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Opening Analysis, Shot Analysis, Title Sequences, Hot Entries

Functions of the Title Sequence

The functions of the title sequence in a film may seem to be fairly obvious. They are designed to tell the audience the names of the people and organisations involved with the making of the film and in this respect they do the job well.

Irrespective of the genre, there is a conventional way of presenting this information in the credit sequence. This information and the order in which it is presented follows a standard format. Later in this study we will be looking more closely at the title sequence in a James Bond film but by way of introduction, we will look at the conventional way of presenting information as shown in the title sequence to the 1978 film Superman.

Codes and Conventions

  • The producer’s name will generally be the first to appear followed by the word ‘presents.’ This is because the producer is the person who takes overall responsibility for the planning and the production of all aspects of the film; it is in fact, the producer’s film to offer to us.
  • It is usual for the next screen to show the name of the director who is responsible for the artistic and creative elements of the film. In the case of Superman, the next names to appear are those of two of the actors. This is because they receive top billing; they are being used to attract an audience. Generally, only people who have the ability to attract an audience, such as the well known “A List? actors will find their names featuring so prominently on either the credits or the film posters.

Interestingly, neither of these two actors play the title role as the actor who did, Christopher Reeve, was nowhere near as well known as either of these two actors who by comparison had much smaller roles.

  • In this example, we next see the director’s name followed by the title.
  • We then move on to the other actors in the film, starting in this case with Christopher Reeve, the actor who plays the title role. The film then lists a...

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