Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Researching Film Opening Sequences


To help improve my knowledge on film opening sequences I researched three different openings.

Catch Me If You Can - 2002

The title sequence to 'Catch Me If You Can' has become one of the most iconic and influential title sequences of all time. The infamous 'retro' animated clip alludees to the story line as minimalist cartoons act out a vague recreation of the plot. The sequence is strong as it's fresh and rememberable and also entertaining. Furthermore, the titles are smartly imbedded in the animated clip almost seamlessly; characters interact with the names of directors, actors etc. However, there are some minor weaknesses in the amimation. Some could argue that the clip breaks away from the film too much - the clip works as a stand alone sequence rather than being a seamless addition to the film.

The cinematography in the clip is complicated. Due to it being a cartoon, certain pans, zooms, tilts etc. 'magically' transform into different scenes. However, like in a live action clip the Mise En Scene is useful for an understanding of a film; the location of airports and costumes of air hostes' mirror the film. Furthermore car chase can be seen as well as people following others, mirroring the tile 'Catch Me If You Can'. The sound is upbeat and of a fast pace. This further connotes and idea of chasing and confusion. There are also moment of calm within the music suggesting hiding. The whole clip has been edited as it is a cartoon. Again however, much of the editing is seamless and shots flow into one another. 

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