What’s a great title sequence? “An invitation into the story” that “reinforces the creators’ message, but in a different language” and “builds anticipation before the story begins.” Exactly. (Even when, as in the video above, a title sequence depicts zombies killing humans in Zombieland.) Great title sequences are like iconic movie posters or scintillating book covers. They pull you into the world the author or moviemakers have created, fingers tingling.
What title sequences do you love? Which have stuck with you? Which movie posters, or book covers? I love The Rockford Files and True Blood. And the original cover for The Stand, with the Walking Man’s eyes looming over a dark landscape. And we have a few memorable movie posters framed at home: The Empire Strikes Back, Bullitt, and Casablanca.