Once in a while you go to the cinema to watch a movie, and instead of standing up at the end of the movie, you find yourself watching the title sequences because they’re so bloody well made.
I had that experience a few times, so let me share you some of the best Modern Movie Title Sequences.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
One of my favourite movies would be Sherlock Holmes. As always when it comes down to Sherlock Holmes movies, it’s well thought of with twists and spins and the ending can be a surprise.
Therefor the title sequences shouldn’t be just titles scrolling down, it should fit with Sherlock Holmes and the 1800.
That’s exactly what Danny Yount, self-taught Emmy-winning designer/director who produced the main titles for Iron Man 2 and Six Feet Under and The Grid did.
I was invited to fly out to present them at one of the sets in London and see some of the film, so I had a very strong sense after that of where they wanted to go visually. The brief I was given was to do a live action shoot that involved a lot of newspaper headlines from the late 1800s, which would give a little history to the early beginnings of Holmes and Watson and lead into the first scene of the film following the last headline on top of a stack of newspapers laid at the doorstep. We also wanted to show part of the printing process of that time period using the linotype machine and woodblock type headline compositions. -Danny Yount
Take a look what they’ve done more at prologue.com
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
A movie we cannot forget to feature, absolutely great!
While you might think that this is the official Dark Knight Rises titles, it’s not. This project is made by Doğan Can Gündoğdu and Günışığı Cihangir.
It’s becoming a trend to remake the title sequences, like what we’ve seen with TinTin.
I’m 20 years old and I’m just trying to realize my dreams,” says Gündoğdu. “I always wanted to be a director. I grew up reading comics, and Batman was my favorite character. So I chose the upcoming movie The Dark Knight Rises for my title sequence project.” His professor wasn’t all too happy about his choice, because there were no references and a proper analysis of the film was not possible. “But then we agreed to give it a shot. After that he gave me full support.
Gündoğdu took tour weeks to finish his title project.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)
Right when the movie starts, we’re seeing these titles. And although they may seem long, they tell a clear story.
Tintin was part of my childhood and mostly known in Europe. This introduction gave me the chills to see the rest of the movie, and you know it’s going to be a good one when it’s a Steven Spielberg’s one.
The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers was one of the best movies of this year and I loved the humor in it. The Hulk absolutely smashed it.
As we honed in on our primary concepts, we had about seven that covered Joss’ key themes while incorporating others, from the Tesseract to New York City. The chosen concept actually went through a few iterations before it was ready to show. Originally, we were going with an abstract fly-through of the Helicarrier where we would come across some of the heroes’ items, but it wasn’t post-battle and it was just as much about the Helicarrier as the characters — which is how I originally pitched it to our concept artist, Chris Sanchez. I wanted something that dropped us into the high-tech world of S.H.I.E.L.D and stepped back from the actual characters so we could get a feel for them through their areas in the flying S.H.I.E.L.D. base. – Creative Director Steve Viola of Method Design.
Final sequence board:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an excellent movie that for sure gives you a great laugh.
The ending is very happy, rainbows, sparkles and of course the focus on food, which the movie is about.
We took our cues from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who wanted to end the film on an absurdly happy note set in a utopian trippy wonderland made out of food. We worked from story ideas already developed by them that would help provide some sense of resolution with the storytelling of the film (i.e. food did NOT destroy the planet, the formation of a tight bond between father and son, the corrupt mayor getting his just desserts, etc…). The unpredictable nature of the titles was already “built-in” by the directors’ original vision for the piece. However, when you know the story and characters from the film, you see that the titles are a mix of tying themes from the film together with things that are just plain silly. – Todd Hemker, main-on-end credit sequence co-director
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Watching these titles will let you keep the song inside your head the rest of the entire day. Amazing animation, can’t say more really, just watch it.
Everybody wants Kungfu fighting right?
Working with Shine was an incredible experience for us. They created such a richly textured and strikingly beautiful ending to our movie that exceeded our expectations in every way,” said director Mark Osborne.
“I wanted us to have an end credits sequence as beautiful and richly designed as the rest of our movie. The work Shine produced for us remains one of the highlights of the film for me, and never fails to make me smile,” said director John Stevenson.