The 8 Best Designed Title Sequences
The opening title sequence of a movie or TV show is the perfect canvas for great design. Minutes (or sometimes seconds) of pure opportunity to compliment text with memorable moving images: a designer's dream. The visual style of a movie's opening is particularly interesting because it must not only set a good first impression, but establish the mood for the following film. Here are eight good examples of unique title sequences that make use of fantastic design as they perfectly set the tone for the feature to follow:
Catch Me If You Can
The retro style animation of these opening credits is perhaps the most memorable aspect of the entire movie. Providing a basic preview of the plot to come, the design reflects the 60's era of the movie with stylish characters, bold colors, moving lines, and a jazzy soundtrack.
The Walking Dead
This intro makes great use of grainy B-roll clips of desolate southern locations. Frame rate is increased as focus moves between foreground elements to create a sense of discomfort. The results is a very isolated feeling that's only amplified by a tense, slightly-frantic soundtrack.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
The opening credits for this DC Comics animated movie uses a bold color palate to mix symbols for Superman, Batman, and the United States. The use of 3D animation while excluding shadows and gradients leaves an interesting flat, pop-art styled look.
One of the most famous opening title scenes of all time, this sequence was especially groundbreaking when the film was released in 1995. An edgy mix of handwritten credits combined with coarse, close-up images and quick transition cuts create a sense of uneasy terror that carries through to the accompanying film.
This is a great example of a title sequence that not only looks attractive but serves a purpose other than simply displaying credits. The viewer is quickly brought up to speed with the narrative through a sequence of paintings depicting scenes of the previous Spider-Man movie. Brilliant, web-like transitions move from one illustration to the next while incorporating the black, red, and blue Spider-Man colors. This sequence was actually created by Kyle Cooper, the same designer of the Se7en credits.
The House titles make use of medical images with transitions timed to great theme music. Elements like the downward spiral of a vein and the quick zoom to a brain play well with the theme of the show and soundtrack.
This playful opening title compliments the film's modern 3D look with an interesting older style of 2D animation. The title features monsters and doorways (much like the movie) to move credit text whimsically from scene to scene. The colorful style and nimble animation of this sequence effectively accompanies the movie itself.
Sure, this is technically the ending credit sequence, not the title - but it's too good not to include. This incredibly well-designed animation uses an art deco style which plays off the World War II setting of the film. Vintage posters come to life as the camera zooms in and out iconic wartime scenes. The result is a wonderful, patriotic display which perfectly compliments the film.
Find any of these especially inspiring? Have I missed a good intro sequence? Let us know in the comments below!