Motion graphics are just really, really cool. During this week’s lecture we delved deep into the world of motion graphics by watching and discussing the art of the title sequence. These opening credits can set the tone of the film or television show for an audience, include foreshadowing and if done correctly, can become the “story before the story”. Some trailblazers for this little niche include Saul Bass, Maurice Binder and Kyle Cooper. Here’s a list of some of my favourite motion graphic title sequences.
3. Orphan Black (BBC America)
This motion graphic is a little bit kaleidoscopic and psychedelic. Considering that the show is about clones and human evolution, the images of cells, DNA and biology are very fitting. I particularly enjoy the muted colouring and forward movement that is throughout the whole piece.
2. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Universal Pictures)
This next one I LOVE. The combination of motion graphics over actual scenes from the movie adds an interactive effect. The director, Edgar Wright, uses motion graphics throughout the film to intensify the character’s feelings. The different drawings that appear during the title sequence represent some of the characters. The rapidly changing colours and images nicely pairs with rock music.
1. Jessica Jones (Netflix)
The Jessica Jones title sequence was done by the creative group, Imaginary Forces. It was nominated for an Emmy this past September. Considering that Jessica Jones was originally a comic book story, I like how they creators decided to keep the sequence looking sketched. The motion graphic vividly shows the colours and feel of Hell’s Kitchen in New York, where the show is set. The graphic of Jessica’s profile at the end is stunning.
The motion graphic that I will soon be creating has to be based off a book. I haven’t quite decided what book I want to do but, here are my options: The Sellout by Paul Beatty, 1984 for George Orwell or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. Let me know which book you think I should choose!