In the opening sequence of every film is the credits/titles and production companies such as Dreamworks, Pixar, and MGM, which are all known for their notable appearance at the beginning of their films, making the audience aware of who is responsible for said feature film.
This is an example of well known production company Dreamworks, and their trademark titles used in every film they produce. This is used because it is creative and easily recognisable amongst audiences because there is no other titles like this. It’s got the word ‘dreamworks’ written amongst the clouds, making it seem dream like and heavenly, like the name suggests. It’s also very inventive, so very memorable within the audience’s mind. It can be easily read, as it’s of a large size and clear font, ensuring the audience will definitely be able to read it before watching the film. Running the titles before the film begins ensures the audience will definitely be watching, as they’ll have to watch the titles before the actual film.
This is a second example of opening titles used, and is for famous company Disney, who are known for animated works such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Beauty and The Beast, and also blockbuster hits Pirates of the Carribean. This is also very recognisable as this shown before any Disney film is shown, making sure the audience known that they’re watching a Disney film. This hints at what the content of the film will be like, as they can associate the name with other works of the same production company that they have seen. The actual titles consist of a fairy/light flying over a typical princess-style castle. This has connotations of dreams and fairytales, suggesting what sort of films they produce. This will inspire us in our own coursework and film making as we will create titles which reflect the styles and themes throughout our opening sequence, which will be thriller orientated. We could create a title sequence which is fast paced, and slightly tense/mysterious, which are conventions of thriller, so when the audience see the titles, they’ll know they’re watching a film belonging to the thriller genre.
This third example is from North American production company Lionsgate, who are known for American Psycho, Buried, and Abduction, which are big thriller films. Lionsgate are famous for producing thrillers which fit all of the conventions, and this is shown in their titles, which are a close up of a mechanical door opening to reveal a very steel like ‘Lionsgate’ written in a dark and gloomy sky. This connotes a sense of tension and mystery, which is commonly portrayed in thrillers. This is a slightly more appropiate style of titles we could base our own for our own thriller. We could aim to produce titles which are equally tense and that fit the conventions of the specfic genre like this one does.