George Trusler

Essay Analyzing and Comparing Four Film Title Sequences

The four film title sequences that I will be analyzing and comparing are; Fast & Furious, James Bond Casino Royale, Se7en and Catch Me If You Can. These four films having different title sequences in that some are very basic and simple whereas the others are more complex and extravagant. However, all of the title sequences have significant links between them and the full film production. For example a recurring representation that is constructed will more than likely be one of the main plots/ story lines within that film. Fast & Furious is a film that is based in California, it was directed by Justin Lin and it is all about a family with a small group of people that race against one another as well as other people to try to win their cars. They also steal various things like oil, car components and money from other people whilst in their cars. It’s stand out star is Vin Diesel but in the more recent films stars like Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) have played major roles within the trilogy. The title sequence of Fast & Furious is relatively basic in that there are very few variations or effects used throughout its two minute length. It consists of a animated purple car and a blurry background that changes colour. Although this is basic, we can take a lot from it. For example the car is purple, this is the colour of jealousy meaning that everyone would want that car or the best car that is possible for them to have. Also, the titles are always around the car. This signifies that the car is the main plot within the film. The blurry background has been used to draw the eye to the car more, this signifies that the car is the most important thing about the film. This background changes colour to reflect the general mood within the film. For example, when it is red the person inside the car may be in danger or something may have gone wrong, then at the end the colour is green which signifies a success or that the person inside is happy. James Bond Casino Royale is part of the ongoing and extra-ordinarily popular and famous film trilogy. The majority of the films are based on the books that are written by Ian Fleming which are also incredibly popular. There have been many stars appearing in the films, the most known ones would be Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig. These people all played the role of James Bond but other stars have played different roles down the years. The films are about a British spy who tries to stop various wrongdoings by the ‘bad guys’. Whilst doing this he always manages to find a woman and seduce her which then leads to her being in danger and more often than not, she will end up dead by the end of the film. This title sequence is the complete opposite to basic and simple, largely due to the fact that they are very complex and extravagant. Firstly though, we always see James Bond walk in, turn and shoot at the camera. This has become incredibly well known worldwide and that therefore makes it instantly recognizable. This alone tells us that the films are extremely successful. This title sequence uses much more editing and effects than the Fast & Furious title sequence. For example, the famous

George Trusler

Essay Analyzing and Comparing Four Film Title Sequences

opening in this particular title sequence is black and white, in addition to this there is the use of the circle around him which signifies James Bond’s power and significance within the film and, these effects also make him stand out. A similarity in this title sequence in comparison to the Fast & Furious title sequence is that there is a main theme and plot coming through which will play a large part in the film itself. In this one we are constantly seeing the signs of the suits in a deck of cards as well as the cards themselves. By doing this the audience can see and understand that this film has a lot to do with gambling and casinos throughout it. There is also a simple colour scheme which is another similarity in that both title sequences have very few colours in them, in this case only primary colours and black have been used. Se7en is a 1995 American thriller film, with horror and neo-noir elements, written by Andrew Kevin Walker, directed by David Fincher. It was a commercial success and received very positive reviews from most from some of the harshest critics. The film itself is set in an unidentified city of near-constant rain and urban decay but the majority of the filming was done in Los Angeles.The film Se7en is about a detective that is trying to stop and figure out who is killing people. He gets told by the murderer that there will be seven deaths. This then leads on to various other plots throughout the film. There are two worldwide known stars that are in this film, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman both play main roles in this film. The title sequence in Se7en is different to both of the other title sequences in that it has real life images within it. The others were more animated whereas this contains almost no animations. However, this title sequence also gives the audience a good insight into what the film is mainly about. We as the audience can clearly tell through this title sequence that the film is about crimes that have been committed and that there is a detective of some kind trying to prevent them from happening and whilst doing so, trying to discover who is behind the illegal acts.This has been constructed through mise en scene extremely well. For example, we see him collecting DNA, which is known to be done when authority is trying to catch a criminal. We also see a range of documents and film being observed by one man which also leads us the this conclusion. Also, through the lighting of the sequence, we get the impression that the room is very small and that it is probably night time. A stereotype of crime is that it usually happens at night which is why this has been done. This title sequence is actually part of the film meaning that after the titles the film carries on from what we have seen. This creates a very fluid and effective form of title sequence because, we as the audience gain a lot of information and understanding about the film itself and the aspects that are seen within it.

George Trusler

Essay Analyzing and Comparing Four Film Title Sequences

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical comedy-drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, Jr, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud; he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, it is also produced by Steven Spielberg with the help of Michel Shane, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. It has some incredibly famous stars that include Leanardo DiCaprio as Abagnale, Tom Hanks as Hanratty, along with Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, and Nathalie Baye. Straight away through mise-en-scene, we can see airplanes flying around in the background. This signifies a constant running/ escaping which is reflective of the title ‘Catch Me If You Can’. Also a very simple colour scheme has been used so that the sequence is very easy on the eye and this may mirror that the film itself is quite simplistic. We then see a character sitting down that is much larger than everyone and everything else in the sequence signifying that either he stands out or that he is the most important figure within the film. This character id wearing hat and glasses which is concealing him which generates the idea of hiding from someone or something. This is then backed up by the fact that he is holding a newspaper, this is used in hundreds of films when someone is trying to stay undercover or hidden from someone which instantly makes the audience realise that he is hiding. We then see a title come on to the screen were the word “me” is fading out and moving away which represents the illusiveness of the character that is running away. It is also in a different colour which separates it from the rest which signifies an outcast or that the person it is reflecting is more unique in comparison to the rest of cast. Finally, we see a car chase. The person who is on the run is clearly inside of the taxi which has left tyre marks on the road which represents the speed that this chase is at. This once again represents the constant escaping from someone or something. That is clearly going to be the main plot within the film.

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