10 best TV Shows intros
TV shows seam more a craze now than they have ever been, perhaps this is due to free access to many shows online or maybe it just feels that way because of the vast array of choice you have to watch these days. If you are anything like me, i normally have a host of different series running at once, I finish House and pick up with Small ville, then when i am finished that i watch the new series of True Blood and then hook up with the final episode of Dexter or Fringe online.
A lot of the writing coming out of the U.S is so brilliant that its hard to fault many of the shows being made by the likes of HBO for example.
I have ordered them in terms of how awesome i think they are, the intros that is.. not the series.
True Blood – Really represents what the show is and I like the “god hates fangs” bit” which shows the humour the show has. The intro was created by production studio Digital Kitchen who are also responsible for the superb Dexter and Six feet Under intros. The Concept of the Intro was the idea of a whore in the house of God and to end on a kind of redemption or birth into the church with a baptism. It was also the idea of a predatory being observing humans from a distance. This is why the images of sex, violence, blood and religion appear as being spliced together. Quite a few of the people in the intro actually work for Digital Kitchen and if you look closely you might also see the blood that the team smeared over the images.
Staying with the brilliant Digital Kitchen, we move onto one of the best intros i have seen in years. Simply called “Start of Dexter’s day”, the sequence is meant to show you everything about the Character and his sinister nature. Although the actions are all very typical of any morning routine like flossing, dressing and drinking juice, all of it delves deep into the killer in Dexter’s nature.
Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej8-Rqo-VT4
Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot who made the Fringe intro was careful to establish shots that really describing the intrigue of the show, in much the same way as X Files did. It was created in HD (1920×1080) using After Effects and 3D Max to get he depth. The title music was actually written by the shows producer J.J Abrams. There is also a hidden message that reads “observers are here” in the intro, part way through.
Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4Vvs_JAh04
The Ghost Whisperer
This is an interesting intro, mainly due to the artwork that is shown throughout the sequence. The artwork is by Maggie Taylor a Florida artist who works in digital image and photography. The suitcase in the sequence demonstrates travel into a more positive space, the bee symbolises the soul and release of the spirit and a ghost holding the egg is the symbol of its unfinished business.
Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0pSxL2FMCY
The original start of the title sequence was to be a cane and a bottle of Vicodin, but Fox objected to this and so had the creators place an ariel view of Princeton University there instead. The makers also used the universal symbol for hospital “H” and overlaid the face of doctor House. By far the music that has been favoured by fans is the portions of “Teardrop” by Massive Attack that is inserted into the intro.
You may not have noticed the intro to art history and female oppression, its a very clever sequence spinning from Lucas Cranach the Elders “Adam and Eve” from 1526, where Adam is then crushed by a giant apple. Then we go further back to Jan van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Wedding” in 1434 and then speeding forward to the 1930’s and Grant Woods “American Gothic” and then forward to Roy Lichtenstein in the 1960’s where a women socks her husband in the face.
A homage to Saul Bass the graphic designer behind the skyscraper titles to Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, it also reflects beautifully that era of marketing. It also links the falling man from the movie poster for Vertigo and Hitchcock has been listed as the main influence behind the titles. The music that runs over the sequence is “A Beautiful Mine”, by RJD2
Big Bang Theory
The credits to Big Bang are exactly that, it shows what has happened to the earth since the big bang. The title credits are sung by the Bare naked Ladies and the song is called ‘The History of Everything’.
These titles are based around Tarot cards, each and every card is zoomed in on and you are taken away into another world. The sequence is made up of iconic moments from the American Depression era, the Klu Klux Klan, Babe Ruth and Jesse Owens. They won an Emmy for “Outstanding Main Title Design” in 2004.
Dead Like Me
Possibly one of the funniest sequences out of the bunch, i think this tells you exactly what the program is about in only a few frames. Good music, great comedy and a great amount of grounded honestly in these titles leave you really wanting to see more.
This is not the official sequence to the program, but it shows the love and attention to detail that fans expect from the creative teams behind these credits and why some fans, really will ditch a series based on lazy creative input by the producers.
Fan-made opening credits for http://boingboing.net/2010/09/25/fan-made-opening-cre.html