Every graphic designer aspires to do title sequences at some point in their career. Here’s 18 tasty ones to wet your ambition appetite.
18 Inspiring Title Sequences
Prologue – OFFF 2009 Titles
This first title sequence is by one of my favorite design companies, Prologue. It is the titles for OFFF 2009 in Oeiras, Portugal. With a military-esque look and deserted scenery, this is a great piece from Prologue Films.
Prologue – MTV Movie Awards 2009
Another piece from Prologue that showcases their quirky weird style. I love how they took the people, and composited them with different heads according to the award that would be given.
Dvein – F5 Titles
Dvein handled this title sequence for F5 2009 with a super low – almost no budget, and had very little time to complete the project. Good thing this is the kind of thing the team at Dvein strives for. Pumping out a killer title sequence, it shows the awesome style that Dvein has.
Josef Lee – The Days
Except for the camera moving in 3D space, this is a great 2D animation in which almost everything is a flat layer. Watching this makes me think of how I would recreate it in AE using the puppet tool and a ton of layers.
Battery – Pause NYC
The opening titles for Pause NYC by the Battery crew is a killer mix of thin metallic typography with very organic backgrounds. The combination creates an awesome sequence that has a truly unique feel to it.
Imaginary Forces – The Mummy III
Because all of the artwork is animated on and off as though it were brushstrokes on a canvas, this piece has a very painter-ish feel to it. It has a great 2D feel to it, and has some great silhouetted characters and battle scenes in it.
Digital Kitchen – True Blood
Warning! This video is NSFW (Not Safe for Work) and R rated. That being said, it’s one of my favorites in the list. Its got a creepy redneck southern feel to it, utilizing old looking footage and wierd timelapses like rotting fox corpses. Pure awesome.
Fake – Kid Svensk
This sequence reminds me of a tutorial I saw once, but done so much better. It is an underwater scene with tons of bubbles flowing upward as the titles dissolve into the water.
Jaime Caliri – Madagascar II
Lots of 2D paper looking animation in this one. The titles feature all the characters in the movie in the situations they get themselves into.
Various – 3:19
One of the coolest title sequences I have ever seen is the ones for the film 3:19. Envisioned and created by Mucho Motion, Onesize and Rune. It takes your through a space-like environment with the titles of the crew and cast etched in the metallic workings of some kind of machine.
Shadowplay Studio – Juno
Juno is the subject of tons of tutorial requests because of the opening titles and the unique way in which they are portrayed. Using a sketch type of animation technique it creates a very interesting drawn-on effect.
Reel FX – Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
This reminds me of walking through a toy shop or flipping through a pop up book. It really sets the stage for what the movie is about and what you are in for.
PIC – The Kingdom
The only politically themed title sequence in this roundup, the opening titles for The Kingdom takes you through the history of U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia.
Prologue – Dawn of the Dead
This title sequence is actually the reason for this weeks’ article. Fellow author, Satya Meka shot me an email showing me this sequence, and I got hooked on title sequences. This one is freaky as hell, and if you watch the final credits as well, it gets pretty crazy once they hit the island. Oh, and the final credits are NSFW.
Digital Kitchen – Dexter
Dexter’s titles are full of metaphorical macro shots depicting some macabre scenarios. If that was too much alliteration for you, it basically takes you through Dexter’s morning, as he eats his eggs, ties his shoes and all that, but the whole time it still has you thinking about the serial killer he is.
Jamie Caliri – The United States of Tara
This piece was actually composited in After Effects, and has a true pop-up book feel to it. All of the characters and pieces were photographed as pieces of paper, then composited together to create the final scene.
Framestore CFC – Sahara
I love one shot scenes when the camera is cotinuously moving without any cuts. Even though a lot of people hated the movie Sahara, I still thought it was actually pretty cool, and even before I was into motion graphics I found myself saying “those opening titles are pretty sweet.”
Perception NYC – Hulk VS. Wolverine
I was searching for the opening titles of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, when I stumbled upon this beauty of a title sequence. It is for an animated movie, but I would have never guessed given the opening titles. I still recommend checking out the beginning of Wolverine if you can find it, though I couldn’t.
Most of the titles in this list came from Motionographer, WatchTheTitles.com and ArtoftheTitle.com, simply because they are the best resource for rounding up the greatest title sequences you can find on the net.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer recently created the titles for the new Star Trek movie but they are not online yet for viewing. You’ll have to go to the theater to see them for now.