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Movies&Design: the story begins with the (main) titles

They always say that the first impression is the one that counts the most. In most of the cases it is true.

As movies, for instance. There is nothing more involving than a movie that begins with excellent opening titles. The opening titles have the specific purpose to introduce the movie: they tell you a lot about what you are going to watch, without actually reveal nothing. Behind great opening titles there is always a massive job, and sometimes they become more famous and estimated than the movie itself. Graphics and images, along with the music or sounds, have the power to create around the movie the perfect suggestion.

The graphics with the influence of the Russian Constructivism of Saul Bass and the motion graphics of Kyle Cooper, in more recent times, have had and are still having a big influence on the choice of the right opening titles: it takes about three minutes in total to watch them, but they have to be the perfect starters for the whole movie, and the best ones, like an appetizer make with skill, will always leave a very pleasant taste in your mouth.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – by Park Chan-Wook, South Corea, 2005. Opening titles by Yu+Ko Studio

Seven – by David Fincher, USA 1995. Opening titles by Kyle Cooper

Spider-man – by Sam Raimi, USA 2002. Opening titles by Kyle Cooper

It’s a mad mad mad mad world – by Stanley Kramer, USA 1963. Opening titles by Saul Bass

Anatomy of a murderer – by Otto Preminger, USA 1959. Opening titles by Saul Bass

Casino Royale – by Martin Campbell, USA 2006. Opening titles by Daniel Kleinman

The girl with the dragon tattoo – by David Fincher, USA 2011. Opening titles by Blur Studio

Recently also the TV series caugth my attention because of their opening titles: Dexter and How to make it in America are the perfect example of what I like to see before the beginning of the episode. Because it is a TV serie the opening credits are even more important: you are going to watch that serie for quite a long time, so why not to enjoy over and over again a really well done intro?

By Anna D.