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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 »