Camera and Editing

To film my opening sequence, i will be using my own camera which is a Nikon Coolpix S8000, and looks like this;

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I love this camera, as the zoom and image quality is fantastic beings as it is such a small camera and does not have a massive lens. The flash works very well and over all i am happy to be using it. However the microphone is small and sometimes i accidentally cover it with my fingers when filming, so when filming the opening sequence, i will use a microphone that my school has, that is on a rod that will capture dialogue and sound effects more clearly.

To edit certain scenes if not all my opening sequence, i will use the Apple Macs at my school that have Final Cut Pro on them and i find that it is a really easy software to use, that is effective at the same time.


In the mean time, on my laptop at home, i downloaded a movie editing software called ‘Movavi Video Editing’ that was a free but only gave you a seven day trial. However i do not rate it highly as it makes your computer very slow, has a very complicated layout, and only allows you to do a certain amount on it without adverts popping up. Also, when you save something you have edited, the final piece has a water mark of the software, so i could not use it to edit my opening sequence as the water mark would ruin it.

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Art of the Title

The website ‘Art of the Title’ allows you to watch just videos of title sequences of films. This is a great way to learn about the different films and television shows of different genre’s from romance to action as it allows you to filter your search’s. It also allows you to research into different film makers,designers and studios and their work for example, Kyle Copper of whom is a major film maker and one to watch.

After spending hours watching various different title sequences, i found the title sequence of one my favorite films ‘The Wizard of Oz’.




Title Sequences

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 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.

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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.

Preliminary Task

We were asked to film a preliminary task to give us a feel for filming out opening sequence. The task had to abide by the 180 degree rule, match on action and include an over the shoulder shot in order to be successful. Here’s what they mean:

The 180 Degree Rule;

According to the source “” the 180 degree rule is where the keeps on one side of the action through filming/shooting and editing. The camera has to stay on one side of the action, almost like there is an imaginary line of 180 degrees that the camera is not allowed to pass. This orientates the audience allowing them to view each character all the time. It also makes the sequence a lot clearer as the character stays on one side of the action at any given time, so the audience cannot get confused as to where the camera is. The rule also makes it easier for the director as the sequence can be edited as the filming is smooth.

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Match on Action;

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Over the Shoulder Shot;

According to the source “” an over the shoulder shot is where the frame of the shot is behind the character who is interacting with someone else, and you can usually see one third of the characters back. This helps the audience to see the positioning of each character and can see the point of view of the character with their back to the camera. This allows the director to edit cuts during the conversation to switch the positioning of the characters in the sequence.

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Here is our Preliminary Task;

Evaluation and Feedback;

Our preliminary task was to just film someone walking into a room and exchanging dialogue with someone else using the various techniques i listed above. The task is very basic, set at school in a classroom with no back ground music or any other sound apart from the content in the task. We filmed the task on an iphone 5C, which goes to show as the picture is clear, however the dialogue is not exactly as loud as it could have been had we used another microphone device or even recorded the dialogue first then edited it into the piece later on. The task was edited on an Apple Mac using Final Cut Pro. I think we managed to used all of the techniques needed to make this a preliminary task, however they could have been shown more clearly had the piece been longer.