Choose an opening movie title to share with the class. Be prepared to explain why you choose it. Have two as backup.
Game of Thrones:
Game of Thrones is one of my all-time favorite shows right now. Its opening credits is a long two minutes or so, but you know the show is going to be epic. There is a lot of animation and beautiful orchestral music. at first glance, we are looking at a map of Westeros and the nearby kingdoms, but it zooms in and everything starts to become three-dimensional, like an advanced pop-up book. Names and locations are incorporated in the showing of these places, as they are some of the most important components of the stories of the show. I chose this as my number one opening title, even though it is a show rather than a movie, mostly because it is exciting, epic, beautiful, and suspenseful.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me:
On the other hand, the Austin Powers trilogy is absolutely silly and highly inappropriate, but consistently makes me laugh. This is the intro title for the second movie in the series, The Spy Who Shagged Me. I chose it because the creators of this scene strategically placed all of the words and names as well as a lot of objects to hide or highlight…certain aspects of the scene, (and Austin, for that matter!) In addition, like the other two in the series, the movie starts with a big music number and a lot of dancing to get viewers interested in the remainder of the film.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
Simple, but classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is another one of my favorite films, and the intro to this movie is a classic often repeated but never as beautifully done as Audrey Hepburn and the creators of this movie. Famously, Holly GoLightly, the main character in the film steps out of a cab in New York dressed fashionably in Givenchy and sips her coffee and nibbles pastries while adoring the treasure Tiffany’s Jewelers has on display, which she admires but can not afford (which we wouldn’t be able to realize based on the way she is dressed!) It is simple, but symbolic for the rest of the film, and a classic masterpiece for classic Hollywood film.