Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Title Sequence: Memento (2000)

The title sequence of Memento began with the production companies, New Market.
Then the titles were shown over a black blank screen in blue writing.


The production and distribution companies were shown first.

  • New Market 
  • Summit Entertainment 
  • Team Todd 

20 seconds
Next the director's name was shown then the main cast's names. The names each appear for approximately 4 seconds.
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Guy Pearce
  • Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Joe Pantoliano

37 seconds
The title is shown "Memento".
41 seconds
The film dissolves in beginning with a close up of a hand holding a picture. The title fades away and the clip continues.

44 seconds
The the names of the secondary cast were next shown as the clip continued. They also appear for 4 seconds each.
  • Mark Boone Junior
  • Stephen Tobolowsky/Harriet Sansom Harris
  • Callum Keith Rennie/Larry Holden

58 seconds
After this, the names and roles of the crew are shown as the clip continues.
  • Casting
  • Music
  • Costume Design
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Director of Photography
  • Co-Producer
  • Co-Executive Producers
  • Executive Producer
  • Producers
  • Screenplay
  • Based on (short story)
  • Director

The credits end here. Each name that appeared was shown for exactly 4 seconds. The audience are constantly reminded of Christopher Nolan and the massive role he has behind the film.
As the credits end, the film moves from the picture and into the story. As the man in the suit (Guy Pearce) takes the picture and puts it back into the camera, we realise the clip is being played in reverse. 
I think editing the clip by rewinding it is a very effective way to grab the attention of he viewers.Memento is also a complicated film, which has the viewers feeling suspense and in need to understand the story.

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