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Hollywood Titles tutsNailing the opening title of your film is important for a number of reasons. Usually it’s the first thing your audience sees on-screen that introduces them to your story, which means that it has to capture its tone and prepare your viewers for what is about to unfold. They don’t necessarily have to be intricate undertakings (Lars von Trier’s simple opening title from Antichrist is probably one of my favorites), but if you want to learn techniques that will help you create something epic, Aetuts+ shares some tutorials that break down how to recreate the titles from some big Hollywood movies. More »

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End CrawlEven if all of the hard stuff, like writing, planning, shooting, and editing your film has been finished, there’s still the matter of creating the scrolling end credits. Taking on the task of entering, editing, and proofing every word, as well as taking care of strobe and jitter issues and info wrangling, may not be something you have the time or energy for at the end of the filmmaking process. If paying for a service to do it for you seems like an attractive option, Endcrawl, which is currently in private beta testing, will create your end credits, as well as any revisions you might need, for a one-time fee. More »

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the kings of summer toy's house movie titlesFor those of us who eagerly await the release of festival hits in theatres near us, we track film reviews during their festival runs and make our lists of must-see films in the hopes that at least one screen nearby will get a limited run of the festival darlings later in the year (or even next year). So, if you live in New York or Los Angeles, and you’ve been waiting to see the Sundance comedy favorite Toy’s House (because of our in-depth interview with its screenwriter Chris Galletta, naturally), you’d be forgiven for not realizing that the film already opened in very limited release this weekend, albeit as the movie now known as The Kings of Summer. This Sundance breakout certainly isn’t the only film that stood out at this year’s festival to get a new title, nor is this a new trend altogether, which made me ponder this thought: why do movie titles matter so much? More »

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If you’ve ever seen a movie (if you haven’t, stop what you’re doing right now, and watch one), you’ve seen opening credits of some kind. Credits have existed pretty much since the beginning of moving pictures, and they are as varied as the films themselves. Nora Thoes and Damian Pérez, as part of a research project, have put together a fantastic video that takes us through the history of opening titles called The Film before The Film. Check out the video below. More »

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Fairly or not, when it comes to TV series watching I’m apt to come to a decision fairly quickly as to whether or not a show’s going to be a worthwhile investment of my time over the coming weeks. Whilst concepts, show runners and featured actors all play a part in that decision, often when coming to a show cold a lot hinges on those all-important moments of introduction which happen during the title sequence. With that criteria in mind, see if you, like me, have high hopes for Michael Hirst’s (The Tudors, Elizabeth) new show Vikings for the History channel which premiered a few days ago: More »

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Do you remember the grimy creepiness of Se7en‘s opening, or the elegiac power of Blue Valentine‘s title sequence?  Some films keep titles to a minimum, jumping into the story as quickly as possible.  Others approach the sequence as a kind of overture, giving audiences a taste of the story-world they are about to enter.  Look into the art of Film and TV title design through the latest episode of PBS’s arts-focused webseries, Off Book.  How do some of today’s top title designers approach this task?  And what can we learn from them?: More »

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Coming up with a good title can be a royal pain.  Is it intriguing or just vague?  Is it descriptive but too dry?  Does it suggest a dynamic concept or sit on the page?  In television, good titles can determine whether a project gets backed by development executives, or viewers tune in for a premiere.  As part of a larger feature exploring how shows like Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and Lost got their titles, the Hollywood Reporter put together a list of 9 Do’s and Don’ts for picking a solid TV title — and there’s plenty for a DIY content creator to mull over as they consider their own projects:
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