The Editing Of My Title Sequence – Creative Ideas

IO decided to edit my title sequence with a quick cut to the beat appeal, i wanted to create a perfect balance through the elements with which i worked, like the sound the shots, the elements in the shots, the ideas to create and entertaining flow in the editing. And also this thrilling velocity of the images, naturally related to the name “The Haf Seen City” really manages to give an engaging emotion. The are all vital factors you need to take care of in order to create and appropriate sequence. The types of fonts and styles used in the video together with the colours had huge importance on the visual emotion the spectator has.

  Throughout all the title sequence i used about 29 different titles: each one of them had his own look, the colours, the fonts, the sizes and templates made the titles very appealing and entertaining to watch.

For the first 5 titles i decided to use white and not another colour because the background was tricky to the spectators eyes so the best way was to keep it simple.

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From there on the title started to take different shapes and colours and way to appear. I used 3 different templates to make the titles appear which are: glow (when the title appeared and disappear slowly), Crime (when the letters appeared in a random order), custom (where the title just appeared without a fade or anything)

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Throughout all the sequence the titles appear when a specific note is played, generally the note is has more importance than others and manages to give  a bit of push to the video and the emotions given to the viewer. I decided to choose this specific type of style of editing because I always found it simple and complex at the same time, appealing as no other type of editing, it was the perfect way to engage the viewer to the product.

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Once I arrived in the city of london everything was much clearer, I understood straight away which were actually the appropriate fonts and styles to use and especially  how to relate it to the correct shot. Creating a timeline of paper really helped me organising the ideas regarding the time and the amount of titles I could fit in the maximum 2 minutes long sequence. When th editing time arrived it was difficult to assemble everything and chose the best shots even because I had limited time and I could really fit all of the best ones unfortunately.

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I decided to use this style because nowadays audience seeks more from television than the classic tv shows that are all the same while years go by, the audience whats to be shown something different, appealing and visually entertaining. The young audience really counts on the visual aspect of it, it has to be nice, timed well and full of different features in order to satisfy their desires fully.

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Discussing Music & Sound

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Music: I started off with the idea of using some exiting quick classic guitar song played and written by my uncle which is a guitarist, but then I decided it wasn’t the appropriate theme song for my film especially if I’m trying to give an idea of dark, mysterious, modern, catchy city like London. So I ended up choosing a techno track from one of my friends creations. He works for a Sound Production Company and his Art name is DJ PParanoia. I chose a specific song right because it had several xylophone notes that could have helped introduce shots or titles. I could roughly say that my title sequence is entirely based on cutting the image to the music beat in order to show as many shots of the city as possible and attracting the viewer’s attention with colourful glowing images and transitions.

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Initially the chosen track was too long for my title sequence, but I really wanted it as the theme song, so I decided to modify the track by cutting a middle part and making it shorter, without losing the best parts and the catchy drops the song had. This idea of cutting to the beat really quickly sometimes could cause some problems. Since the timing is the first and most important thing, it has to be perfect; the software allowed me to see the timing up to 00,00,01 which is really precise option. Apart from this I based the timing of the shots even thanks to my ears and capacity of understanding the beat. Thanks to this I managed to adjust things that were timed wrongly.

To edit the music I used a software called Cochise Studio my producer friend advised me to use, it was easy to understand where to cut: techno song are mainly created by repetitive sounds that are played many times one after the other to create a flow; the only thing I had to do was to recognize the parts that were the same and cut them as if there were less in order to make the song little shorter. The software looks complex but its easy to get your head around, you just need to listed to a  songs on the software and play around with the options without fearing about doing something wrong.

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Throughout all the Title Sequence the sound is non-diagetic, I decided to take away the background sounds in the shots mainly because it was noise polluted all the time and it would have confused the viewers ideas and damaged the quality of the sound in general.

The Sound: Unfortunately shooting in a city like London is very difficult to control the sound, the traffic is constant movement, the hundreds of people on the pavements don’t care what you’re doing and everything is out of control. But i personally like this theme the city gives us of never sleep, always living and never stopping! Giving the viewers the pleasure of going around the city without hearing any unpleasant noises, is something they want to feel or try at least once, they are attracted by this basic but captivating feature.

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By chosing a techno song i wanted to achieve a catchy and enthralling sound to offer the audience, i wanted them to be carried away by the flow, images related to the sound, creating a deep and mesmerizing and hypnotic flow to be fully enjoyed. The xylophones notes really helped me to give this misty, spooky theme to it, and entrance the spectators watching it. The speed of the track helped me in terms of visual entertainment, because I could easily match it with the images and follow the flow I wanted.