Sunday, 23 January 2011

Title Sequence Research : The Taking of Pelham 123

During classtime, our teacher showed us the intro and title sequence (above) of June 2009 release "The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3" the film stars enzel Washington and John Travolta - here are the most important aspects of the opening to the film that I picked up on.

The film's opening title sequence shows the films production and distribution companies, which are:

-Columbia Pictures
-Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
-Scott Free Media
-Relativity Media

During the whol title sequence, these key things were noted as being chaacteristics of not only this but most title sequences and openings to films:

-Production Company
-Distribution Company
-Director Name
-Lead Actor Names
-Title of FIlm
-Supporting Actor names
-Casting Officials
-Other Crew Members (DOP, Editor, Wardrobe etc...)
-Soundtrack music behind titles

And specificially in the case of "The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3" :

-Location Establishment Shots
-Time Establishment
-Scene transitions in the shape of a train

It was also noted that the title of the film wasn't revealed until exactly 1:17 minutes in to the film, this may be the same format other films use aswell, but I believe it is widely accepted that the title of the film will appear within the first two minutes of the screening.

All these things must be taken into consideration for the opening of our film and must be completed and shown within the two minute timeframe we have for our film opening, to make it look as realistic and professional as possible.

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