The Art of the Title Sequence Presents A Brief History of Title Design
by Ethan Anderton
March 16, 2011
If you haven't noticed Jeremy Kirk's coverage by now, it's time you realized that the South by Southwest Film Festival is currently happening down in Austin, Texas (all of our reviews from the fest can be found right here). This year the SXSW Title Design Competition had a cool introduction created by Ian Albinson from The Art of the Title Sequence, a website we highlighted back in December of 2009. As a connoisseur of the title sequences in films, he was able to put together A Brief History of Title Design, a slick montage of some of the best and most unique title sequences in cinema. Watch this great video below!
Once again, if you haven't checked out the site responsible for this awesome video, The Art of the Title Sequence is a compendium and leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world. "We honor the artists who design excellent title sequences. We discuss and display their work with a desire to foster more of it, via stills and video links, interviews, creator notes, and user comments." If you haven't checked out the site, they have plenty of videos of some of my (and probably your) favorite title sequences from films in every decade. Pretty cool, eh?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
a great intro title can totally set you up for the film you are about to watch, a poor one can set you down in reality quick. great end titles can make you leave the cinema slowly and bouyant, or in a hurry if they're poor. they can be as important as a good - or poor - poster. great to see some of the golden era in this excellent compilation, and very stoked to see Bullitt and all the Saul Bass (Psycho, North By Northwest) in there - that guy is still the best. some of the more recent ones keep the standards up, like Alien (with that white noise soundtrack, it's so powerful), Casino Royale (best Bond titles ever), Se7en (best ever end titles) and Zombieland. honourable mentions for the modern era not featured would include Snatch and my favourite recent one, Thank You For Smoking.
Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011
They cheated. There were two TV series credits put in there. However they were good ones. So forgiven.
George Caltsoudas on Mar 17, 2011
I felt The Game by David Fincher had a great title sequence. But maybe it was too simple.
danneran on Mar 17, 2011
whos the song by?
Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011
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