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Title Sequence Timeline The Adventures of Tintin

00:00 00:17 The title sequence is conventional in the sense that it opens with the
introduction of the primary production companies. This is, however, unconventional
in the sense that their logo is not shown. Instead, the movie opens with an animated
image of a type writer (as shown in the first image) and zooms onto the paper (as
shown in the second image), wherein the titles are written.

00:18-00:29 The titles then continue to list other production companies involved in
making the movie, as is similar to the title sequence of Submarine.

00:30 00:35 Following this, the


directors name Steven Spielberg is
introduced in an artistic manner. His
name is displayed above a set of open gates, into which the camera then zooms. This
is arguably representative of his role as a director, having created the film and
metaphorically allowed the audience to enter a new world.

00:36 00:38 Following this, the title of


the film is displayed. This is placed on top
of an animated map, in a bright and
glowing font thus connoting the
adventure genre, and the idea of treasure.
00:47 02:24 Following this, the names of the
leading cast and crew members are listed. This is
done alongside animations of various characters,
providing insights into character and narrative.
Examples of this include: a two shot showing the

silhouettes of characters (an audience will be able to gain an understanding of them


through their interactions); the constant portrayal of the protagonist with a dog
(establishing this relationship); various settings (i.e a plane/train/street, which
establish setting whilst also connoting to the adventure genre), as well as short scenes
(i.e characters fighting on top of a train) to hint towards the narrative.

02:25 00:28 The following title provides


further information surrounding the film (this
linking to the information aspect of the uses
and gratifications theory). Here, it is stated
that the film is based upon a book, this being a
form of cross-media, and giving credit to the
origins of the story.

02:36 02:40 The following title is then


shown, listing the writers of the movie. Within
this, a character is put in prison, implying a
resolution to the animated events which had
been taking place. This stage of the story is
applicable to Todrovs theory, creating a mininarrative within the title sequence.
02:42 - 02:47 The final title reinforces the
direction of the movie by Steven Spielberg.
This is likely due to his credibility as a
director (thus using star appeal to build
anticipation and suggest a high quality film),
as well as the importance of his role within the
production.
Summary:
Overall, I think that the title sequence for The Adventures of Tintin is engaging for
an audience, whilst also fulfilling the purpose of displaying titles to inform an
audience of the production details. Despite the animation being outside of our
capability as film makers, we would be able to use the basis of this within our opening
sequence. The titles are presented alongside a mini-narrative, showing silhouettes of
characters undertaking adventures. This foreshadows and establishes both narrative
and character, hence engaging an audience and fulfilling the role of an opening
sequence. I will be able to use this idea within my opening sequence, in order to
create a more interesting and visual method of presenting titles.