Friday, 28 January 2011

Structure of openings

There are three basic structures to film openings :

A narrative opening with the titles runninng throughout 

Above : Clips from the opening of The Shining
These are separately edited sequences that stand apart from the opening. They are stylised and heavily edited, and they support the opening credits and film title. Other examples include:  
- The taking of Pelham 123
- He loves me , he loves me not
- The stepfather
A discrete title sequence ( stands apart from movie )
Above : Clips from the opening of  Se7en


  • Se7en
  • Arlington Road

Titles over a blank screen
These are movies that start with the titles rolling over a blank screen, often with sound effects or a sound track. Image is then indtroduced.The titles usually continue to roll over the images.
  • Donnie Darko

There is an extra , fourth , style : Stylised editing
These film openings that stand out as the editing is so stylised. usually take a very long time in post productio.
  • Taking of Pelham 123
  • Mezine

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