2. I love titles sequences; they're like artistic microcosms of whatever movie I'm about to see. I MUST be on time to the movies, because the critical analysis side of my brain gets a free 3 minutes of free-for-all dissection-- "why did the director choose to show this? Why that font? Imma have to buy this soundtrack! Ooh I like that shot!"-- before settling into good old fashioned American movie-zombie mode.
I loved this video, it showcases some of the most famous title sequences by the brilliant Saul Bass. Watching it, I really get a sense of how cutting edge each of these graphics must have appeared when they premiered. What an amazing career. The list of movies corresponding to these clips is found here.
The Title Design of Saul Bass from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.
Of course, the most celebrated title sequence in recent memory is this one (you know you haven't seen it a while, let it blow your mind again):
What are your favorite opening credit sequences? I know I'm missing dozens of good ones... I'm thinking Hitch first of all, oddly enough. It's just so cute!!
Just for kicks, here's the greatest ending sequence I've ever seen. Pixar must have an art history major on staff. I kicked back in my seat til the end of these credits, shouting out the names of each artist as they came along and laughing my head off. Isn't there anything that Pixar CAN'T do??
I wrote them down for you. It's a slow lunch.
Lescaux cave paintings
Greek funerary vase paintings, the Black-Figure period
Leonardo’s sketchbooks (he sketch the movement of falling water)
Michelangeo’s St. Peter’s Basilica blueprints
Venetian nautical paintings (highly celebrated for their ethereal sunlight and water)
Pointilism! Georges Seurat, everywhere!
Expressionism, vag Gogh- Look at those sunflowers!