A friend and I were asked to do some extra curricular work by our course director for his upcoming book on videography. Within this book there will be a chapter that includes information on how students approach different elements of videography – one of these elements being title sequences.
This being the case we were asked if we were up for the challenge of creating our own title sequence, with could be on anything we wanted. We eagerly accepted and then got cracking on the planning process. We decided the best thing to do was to create an idea for a film that doesn’t exist, thereby giving us total freedom to create the piece we had in mind. Firstly we looked at successful opening title sequences on YouTube, the most obvious one showing up was SE7EN, a 1995 modern horror directed by David Fincher starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. From viewing the final piece you will be able to tell we drew a lot of inspiration from this.
Here is the opening sequence for SE7EN:
You will notice in our opening sequence that some shots are very similar and this was due to curiosity. How difficult was it for the producers of SE7EN to shoot? How easily is that effect created? How effective can we make it look? Whilst shooting our piece we found the answers to these questions.
Here are some photos of the shoot, you will notice that there are three of us, Mick Le Mare and myself directed, shot and edited whilst Alex Hacking helped out with some of the filming and directing on the first day. He also took the majority of the still images on the day.
We were restricted to making our piece no longer than 30 seconds and having taken over half an hour of footage during three hours of filming we thought it may prove impossible to achieve what we set out to do. However once in edit it became clear how much of the material we had was useless to us and thirty seconds was not a troublesome length.
Our film that doesn’t exist is called Threat, it is a British crime thriller. Feel free to watch it bellow, bare in mind we did not have the budget that SE7EN did, but we tried.