A title sequence is at the start of a film or television programme, that tells the viewers/audience who the characters and people playing them are, who produced the sequence, and help to set the scene for the audience, as if the genre of the film/TV programme is horror, you are not going to have the title sequence full of pretty butterflies in a meadow full of flowers and jolly upbeat music, as the audience will get confused as to what they are watching. According to the source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_sequence a title sequence is “A title sequence is the method by which films or television programs present their title, key production and cast members, or both, utilizing conceptual visuals and sound. It usually follows but should not be confused with the opening credits, which are generally nothing more than a series of superimposed text.” With regards to title sequences, I could talk about so many as everything I have ever watched includes a title sequence, but I have picked a handful of my favorites to talk about.
American Horror Story(AHS) Series;
I picked the AHS stories, because I have been a fan of the show for a long time, and even though I have watched each series about three times, each title sequence just draws me in and makes me remember why I love it so much. Each title sequence varies every new series as the series story line changes and some new characters are added. The distinctive theme song is called ‘Score’ by James L Levine and is truly spine chilling when mixed with the creepy images of the title sequence. Here is my favorite series title sequence, series 3 ‘Coven’
Creepy right?…the title sequences are always so powerful as they give you an in site as to what all of the series is about due to the images it has in it, however it does not have the actual main characters in it which i think makes it really distinctive, that and its quirkiness due to the creative director being Kyle Cooper.
Kyle Cooper is responsible for many brilliantly weird and wonderful title sequences from American Horror Story and the Walking Dead, to the incredible Se7en, and after watching the title sequence of Se7en, i watched the first part to a two part interview on title design with Kyle Cooper and it gives you all the details as to how he constructed some of his best title sequences, the process it goes through, the things he loved about them and the things he hated about them. Here it is;
This title sequence is very similar to those of Kyle Cooper, as he sticks to what he knows and uses certain aspects of other title sequences to set the scene.
The titles are not directly added into the film, and so the titles sequence is different to the actual film and the titles have their own sort of short film that links into the film as we can establish from the title sequence that the film is about a serial killer which is what Cooper wanted.