This morning I was sent an e-mail that brought an interesting website to my attention. The site was founded by Ian Albinson, a Vermont-based designer, and Alexander Ulloa, a writer from Boston, Massachusetts. I would like to think that this site has been built as a labor of love for the cinema. The website is called The Art of the Title Sequence and it is filled with Quicktime clips of the title credits and end credits from several different films.
There were two particular opening credits that I wanted to add to this article that I thought would be worth noting for their unique presentation. The first opening sequence that I have posted here is from Jason Reitman's Oscar winning film Juno (2007). A large portion of the sequence has been animated (by hand it looks like) to add a little bit of fun to a rather mundane event. The main character is walking through the town that she lives in while occasionally drinking out of a bottle of Sunny Delight.
The other opening sequence that I thought would be interesting to add to the list would from Reitman's previous hit film Thank You For Smoking (2005). It's opening sequence could be viewed as an interesting class project for a group of graphic artist students at a local two-year college. I don't mean that to be an insult to those who actually worked on it for the film. After all I was completely blown away by how smooth and clean the opening sequence appeared in its final cut. Take a look at the sequence for yourself.
It is apparent that a lot of time and effort was placed in to creating the opening sequences for those two films. There are plenty more films that exist with the same amount of creative efforts that have appeared in the two sequences that I've just shared with you. If you head on over to The Art of the Title Sequence website you would be able to check out their collection of opening and closing sequences from various films. Their collection should continue growing over time, so I'm personally looking forward to see what else they'll be adding soon.