Thursday, April 10, 2008

Opening Credits Sequence Theatre: Pulp Fiction

I thought this might be interesting to crosspost here. Over on my blog I'm a big advocate of movies having opening credits sequences- they're too often skipped over, and they represent a good opportunity to really transition the audience into the film's world. That can be achieved by other means, but I think a lot of times this gets ignored solely because the producers are scared of losing people's attention.

Anyway, for this installment, let's look at PULP FICTION.

So simple, yet so ostentatious- here the music's the thing, with Miserlou's ferocious surf riff telling us that things can only get wilder after the opening. Of course, the great title design helps- the way the title itself is used, almost filling the screen, implies a largeness to the entire project. This may be a low-budget film, but it's going to be a bit epic as well. And then, of course, we change stations, throwing us a bit off and transitioning into the next scene, without losing any energy.

Any more thoughts?

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