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Project 3: Opening Movie Title


Choose from a list of sample movie plots to create the opening titles for.

Using Final Cut Pro create an opening title sequence for the movie, with a video sequence no longer than 2:00 minutes.

Choose appropriate fonts that best fit the movie’s theme and that are visually clear.

Include in the credits: the director, editor, actors and finally your name.

Use motion and original video clips to help enhance the video.



Reading 7: Chapter 16


What have you learned about the interplay of text and images from this class?  Use the reading to back up your answer and submit through a blog post using text and images of your choice.

The chapter summarizes the idea of text and image interplay perfectly in one phrase:

“You have to leave something for the Audience to Fill in.”  In other words, visuals and text can be collaborated in a way that sets up unanswered questions for the viewers to figure out the answers to.

Looking at a number of intro Movie or Television show titles was a great way of exploring this concept.  Most of the introductions to the titles showed very little or just enough to allow the audience to wonder and make predictions about the remainders of the film or show.

austin powers

In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, the opening credits scene involves a lot of creative wordplay that leaves little to the imagination for the audience, while still leaving some imagination as names and words dance across the scene in strategic places.


In Halloween, there is a lot of mystery in the opening credits.  The eerie theme music helps build suspense, but even with just looking at the images, the screen is pitch black in the night, with nothing but a flickering Jack O’lantern and vivid orange lettering leaving the audience to only imagine what horror awaits for the rest of the film.


Like many movie openings, the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory begins their opening credits with a “making of” kind of scene, in which viewers witness chocolate being made in the factory.  It plays with contrasting, bright letters to tell us who created the movie, as we watch the chocolate being created.

Project 3A: Opening Movie Title Proposal


Choose from a list of sample movie plots to create the opening titles for.  Submit a proposal with concept and plan of execution.  200 words minimum submitted as a blog post.

I choose to re-create the opening Movie Title of Halloween.  It is a classic horror/thriller film, and an especially go-to movie around, appropriately, Halloween time.  The original opening title was simple, but spooky.  Images of a glowing Jack-o-Lantern, with matching orange colored, bold and slightly shaking then fading fonts appear.  The background is completely dark, if not black, which gives a stark contrast to the foreground.  The camera zooms in slowly on the Jack-o-Lantern, but it is not distracting from the text, and the text is not distracting to the Jack-O-Lantern either.  If anything, the image and the text compliment each other.

I want to take advantage of the fact that Regis is such a creepy, woods-y location and would be perfect for filming a horror movie or some type of Halloween movie.  I will have a couple actors in the movie title, one to play Michael Myers, the infamous killer, and one to play a victim.  Not much of Michael Myers will be shown, maybe a quick flash of his face, or a silhouette view from behind, or a flash of him holding his weapon.  Just a hint of Myers to give viewers enough of a chill to know to fear this character.  If I decide to show a victim, it will be a young woman and because of the time period that the original Halloween movie took place in (1978), she will have to be dressed in the disco-era type style, with big, wavy hair, maybe some floral or a knit sweater or layers, etc.  I will keep Jamie Lee Curtis in mind when designing this character.

I will continue to use the theme song, most likely throughout the whole movie title, because it is vital to the film’s suspense, fear and recognition.


Sharing 3: Opening Movie Title


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.



Viewing 2: Music Video


Choose a music video that has a non-dramatic storyline.  Discuss what you think it means.  What symbolism is used? Submit your answer as a blog post with the video embedding.

P!NK is absolutely one of my favorite current artists today, and she at least co-writes all of her songs, which makes me love her even more.  Her creative videos combined with her great lyrics and her powerhouse voice are powerful yet for the most part relatable and always tell a story.

In her Just Like a Pill video, it starts out with a dizzying, shifty camera and a piano with keys moving on their own.  P!nk is lying on the floor in a grungy, dark open mansion room wearing barely anything, a black cloak draped over her, open in the front, making her look vulnerable and knocked down.

Next we see this dark creature–a magician–in a garden and we aren’t really sure who he is but he begins to pop up throughout the rest of the video, popping out of corners and sneaking behind her.  It could be the person who she began this relationship with and keeps coming back to haunt her.

There is an elephant standing behind her, maybe the “elephant in the room,” or the obvious problem, and it’s something she doesn’t want to deal with but knows she has to.  There is a part with her in a room full of pure white rabbits, maybe tying along with the idea that what started out as magic only ended up “making her ill.”

Also throughout the video, in the background, there is a group of people who appear to be really intensely making out and being all over each other, but by the end, it appears that they all ended up in a massive fight.

The video ends with her walking upstairs and into a bright light, and I believe she is escaping the toxicity.

In summary, the video is mildly trippy but still pretty deep in meaning revolving around either a toxic relationship with another person or with oneself.  The relationship has become unsupportive, false, and unstable.

Every line in the chorus is a metaphor: “I can’t stay on your life support, there’s a shortage in the switch, I can’t stay on your morphine ’cause it’s making me itch, I tried to call the nurse again, but she’s being a little bitch, I think I’ll get out of here.”

Reading 6: Chapter 4-6


Send your blog link with your book cover design to a partner.  Use your partners design to discuss the strategy including the concept and goal of the design.  Who is it targeting?  What message is it sending?  What was their influence beyond the book plot?

Link their blog to yours in your answer as a new blog post. 

Nicole decided to recreate the cover of the book Go Ask Alice.  According to Nicole, she felt that even though the original cover was appropriately dark and murky like the sadness in the tale, (Alice is a teenager who is coming of age and battling depression and drug abuse simultaneously), the cover made it seem like it was going to be a sort of horror story.  Since the story is written in the form of a diary, with Alice’s thoughts and experiences, she made the decision to recreate the book cover so it would look like a composition journal.  Beyond this book plot, the message that this new cover sends is that the readers are about to, very intimately read into Alice’s life through the words she has written in her journal.  Looking at the new cover, a reader would get the feeling that they are picking up and reading someone’s diary.  In addition, some psychedelic images were added to the journal/cover to kind of open up that idea that Alice really did get into drugs throughout this story and it was a big part of her life at the time.  This new cover could possibly even appeal more to the teenage to young-adult demographic than the original cover did, because it seems to be more like a relatable and attractive cover for that age group than the simpler, dark cover.

GoaskalicsedfsBook Cover copy




Book Cover

Despite the fact that I was considering recreating the covers of either The Giving Tree, or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I changed my mind and decided to recreate the cover of The Lovely Bones, being inspired by a friend.  The original cover was shades of blue and white, with the main character, Susie Salmon’s charm bracelet on the front, a picture of the author on the back, and much description on the back.

I re-created the cover almost entirely.  I chose the background color to be Salmon, appropriately after Susie’s last name.  On the front, there is a lot of symbolism.  There is a polaroid, and this is important because Susie had aspired to be a wildlife photographer when she grew up, and her polaroid camera that she got for her birthday was her most prized posession.  The photo itself is of a hat in a cornfield.  The hat would be her hat that her mom knitted her, but which she despised wearing, and the cornfield would become the most haunting place for her and all of her family.  Paired with the photo is a quote Susie had stated, explaining one of the main reasons that she loved photography, a quote that would become an ironic one to her fate.  I tried to keep the fonts all over the cover relatively simple.  The font for the title and author’s name (as well as illustrator’s name) is similar to the font that was on the original cover, and the font that is on the polaroid as well as the quote is supposed to look handwritten, specifically by Susie Salmon.  The font on the back is simple and shows little emotion; I didn’t want the font to look too happy or too revealing.  The description on the back is the one the author used for her story.  Lastly, the charm on the back is another of Susie’s prized possessions, and it was on her bracelet that she always wore.