Watch: 'The Film Before the Film' Dives into Art of Opening Credits

March 27, 2013

The Film Before the Film

We've previously highlighted the occasional spectacle that is a film's credit sequence by calling attention to The Art of the Title Sequence, dedicated to stylish opening and ending credits sequences that bookend the films we all now and love. In addition, we've taken a dive into one of the more iconic credits sequence artists, Saul Bass, and his legacy of work on films from Alfred Hitchcock and more. Now another interesting video called The Film Before the Film, which is the result of a research project from Berlin Technical Art University students Nora Thoes and Damian PĂ©rez, dives into the history of opening credits. Watch below!

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The 12-minute video gives time to Saul Bass while also looking at the trends in credits sequences from digitally designed titles, to throwbacks to the old titles of decades past. There's also highlights from many of the famous credit sequences we know today from classics like King Kong to popular films of today like The Avengers. Honestly, I always enjoy a good opening and/or closing credits sequence from the most complex and meticulously designed sequences like Catch Me If You Can to The Usual Suspects, which is subtle and simple. What are some of your favorite opening and/or closing credit sequences?

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Wolverine's were pretty good.

OfficialJab on Mar 27, 2013


I think bringing attention to the subject is always positive. However, I am disappointed there was nothing here that wasn't in the Art of the Title Sequence Blog. It's almost as if those guys put together a short film of all their blog entries.

alex o on Mar 27, 2013


Kyle Cooper's work was pretty inspiring as was Saul Bass too. I can still usually tell if a film is going to be bad quality by the design of the titles, well at least the production. Always used to like checking out this site:

Carpola on Mar 27, 2013


There have been some great title sequences over the years, but I do like how a lot of movies go straight into the story with just the film title and nothing else.

$126191 on Mar 27, 2013


This could have been a full feature documentary, good work(now, gimmie more)

David Banner on Mar 28, 2013

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