As the countdown to the Oscars continues, consider a creative aspect of filmmaking that doesn’t merit a category: the title sequence. Nowadays, films often jump right into the story and simply superimpose credits over the opening scenes. Other directors take a much more interesting approach to unveiling their films with a separate opening sequence, which is often set to music. A short video by two students, “The Film Before the Film,” shows a brief history and evolution of this under-appreciated art form. Here are 10 examples of some of the best opening title sequences created for films.
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Utilizing the shapes, movement and physical constraints of the human body, artist Heather Hansen creates incredible charcoal-based portraits that reflect the physics and dynamism behind the human form.
Musical Instruments: The Majestic Bellowphone
Known as the Dr. Seuss of music, Leonard Solomon is the proud creator of the Majestic Bellowphone. While it looks like something that the Grinch might find underneath Whoville’s Christmas tree, don’t be fooled by its odd appearance. Handcrafted from the likes of train whistles, coat hangers, toasters, bike horns and bits of brass, the Bellowphone can hold a rather decent tune and has tackled everything from Mozart to Brahms.
It doesn’t stop there for the cabinetmaker-turned-musician. Solomon has been building his crowning glory, the Oomphalapompatronium, for the last 15 years as a ‘sweeter’ sister to the Bellowphone. Solomon’s symphony of strange sounds has been heard around the world and the mad musician shows no signs of slowing down. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, he also juggles occasionally while playing. Have a listen of the beautiful Bellowphone in action.
The world mourned this Sunday when the media reported that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment. Although police have yet to release the autopsy report, due to the circumstances in which he was found, Hoffman is thought to have died from a fatal heroin overdose at the age of 46.
Despite the mourning that has marked the wake of Hoffman’s death, friends, fans and family members may find solace in the rich legacy he’s left behind, much of it caught on film. IMDB credits Philip Seymour Hoffman as an actor in 63 films or television shows. Here, we pay him homage as we count down 7 of Hoffman’s greatest acting roles, including video clips of each top movie.
While only ten seconds long, this clever animated clip’s charm leaves a lasting impact.
Making good use of photo editing and recording techniques, videographer Dennis Hlynsky gives the paths of black vultures a striking physical memory for us land-dwellers to admire.