It's April and that means the A to Z Blogging Challenge! This year my theme is film terms.
Opening credits set the mood and tone of the movie They also set up the story, characters and place of the film.
In Gone With the Wind (1939), the opening shows all credits, including minor cast and crew. The opening title fills the screen, foreshadowing this epic story.
In Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954), the credits appear over a rear window overlooking a courtyard, which is the setting for the entire film.
In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the opening credits are simple and minimal. The power is in the music that creates mystery and drama when combined with the image.
The opening sequence of Rocky III (1982) is a brilliant example of setting up the backstory of the sequel. The sequence shows Rocky's journey after winning the world heavy weight title.
Spider-Man (2002) has a distinctive comic book, superhero look using computer animation.
Mad Men (2007), a television show about an advertising agency set in New York City in the 1960s, features animation with images of advertising posters, high rise buildings and a 1960s vibe.