After finishing the final title sequence, I started shooting the videos. Some scenes looked better in real than they looked drawn in the paper. And some looked better on papers.
While shooting, I had to pay extra attention to the lighting. Since it is a Horror / Crime movie, I wanted the atmosphere of my title sequence to be mysterious and scary.
What is it that good title sequences share?
I asked myself this question a lot. The best answer I found was this.
-They are original in a way that is either daring and challenging, or clever and wonderful. They are always thoughtful; even those with raging adrenaline and nervy force have a thoughtfulness to them.
The first few minutes of a film will often either leave the audience full of excitement and eager to see how the story of the movie will play out, wondering what hints they were shown in the opening credits to what they’re about to watch. Sometimes these opening moments are grander than the film that follows them. With the amount of media we are shown every day, to be willing to sit down for two hours and say to the film makers ‘alright then, you have 120 minutes of my life’ is no small feat. Not to mention that we have conditioned ourselves into jumping from topic to topic, idea to idea, advertisement to advertisement, resulting in diminished attention spans. So when that 120 minutes starts up, the first three or four might be some of the most important. If the opening credits to a film bore us, we would be forgiven for feeling the whole film will be boring. If they’re exciting and manage to push our cart to the top of an emotional roller-coaster, then there we’ll be, sitting at the edge of our seats, strapped in, waiting to be thrown around.
The original title sequence of the movie is very powerful which I found very challenging. The Se7en title sequence is visually unique, yet fits within the film’s world. It delves into the core of the story without revealing too much, and its placement within the film (after we’ve been introduced to both Somerset in his apartment, and later Mills) gives it tremendous power.
I learnt a lot in this project and it was a very useful experience. I enjoyed this project and discovered that these kind of projects excites me more. Therefore, I work harder on them. I learnt in this project how to create a title sequence and how to use the sketches and notes I’ve done as guides while shooting to create the outcome I wanted. I’m very pleased with the result, and I’m proud of the video I’ve made!