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« Reply #45 on: September 24, 2010, 09:46:34 AM »
Is it just me, or whenever Godzilla and Mothra are on the screen together the air becomes filled with sexual tension...? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsZLYmmBaHE&feature=related 

Composer Ikira Ifukube was a direct influence, as I used one of his Mothra themes as the final tune in my early mod "Unspoken Dream." 

Here's Mothra's famous song: 

Slightly melancholy version: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daMT1fG0LVI&feature=related 

Happy, happy version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBdRLW3v5xQ&feature=related

This is the actual tune I used in my mod, however, often called "Mothra" but actually "The Sacred Fountain" from Godzilla vs. the Thing (Mothra):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwNq8M6-GHQ&feature=related
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Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
« Reply #46 on: September 24, 2010, 04:41:58 PM »
for awhile I thought Brotherhood of the Wolf was one of the best films. I like the martial arts mix with modern things like muskets and  swords. Are there many non-asian martial arts films with guns n swords set before 1860? I'd like some examples... ps. I'm not including Magnificent Seven (i believe it's 1860's)

please enlighten me.

Vidocq with this french guy who also played Obelix contains what you could call martial arts. I read somewhere that Vidocq indeed used a kind of french martial arts style. "Savate", or what is the name?
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« Reply #47 on: September 25, 2010, 07:22:00 AM »
 ;D thank you so much Vidocq looks like what i was looking for. I am very interested in seeing this film.

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« Reply #48 on: September 25, 2010, 07:27:45 AM »
also this sounds like college reading to some people, but has anyone read Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" or know of his monomyth?  It is a must read for anyone who writes anything with a heroic journey or struggle. The best examples i could use from modern day could be perhaps, Star Wars or almost ANY anime as well as mostly every comic book in history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth

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« Reply #49 on: September 25, 2010, 08:12:04 AM »
also this sounds like college reading to some people, but has anyone read Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" or know of his monomyth?  It is a must read for anyone who writes anything with a heroic journey or struggle. The best examples i could use from modern day could be perhaps, Star Wars or almost ANY anime as well as mostly every comic book in history.

I kinda modeled the story arc of The Sect around this.  ;)


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« Reply #50 on: September 25, 2010, 09:14:23 AM »
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« Reply #51 on: September 25, 2010, 09:56:17 AM »
The opening credits of "Watchmen" - one of the best credits sequences I have ever seen.

It even makes me like the song, though I normally despise Bob Dylan with a passion.
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« Reply #52 on: September 25, 2010, 11:53:10 AM »
- one of the best credits sequences I have ever seen.
 

Not only is it excellent in and of itself, its canny compression and revelation of vital narrative information to the movie is probably unparalleled.  I can't think of another credit sequence which is as important to the film that is also as well done.

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« Reply #53 on: September 25, 2010, 12:05:28 PM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfc9GLxlhEw&feature=fvw

This credit sequence from Casino Royale, on the other hand, is quite superb in itself, but is essentially superfluous.  All it really adds to the movie, besides the obligatory credits, is a bit of extra fun. 

*Likewise, the 1967 spoof of the same name:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O5aA83GfYc
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« Reply #54 on: September 25, 2010, 01:28:26 PM »
The opening credits of "Watchmen" - one of the best credits sequences I have ever seen.

The title sequence gives vital background information. It also has quite a few visual references built into it. Here's one of the more obvious ones:
"Into the Drachensgrab Mountains!"

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« Reply #55 on: September 25, 2010, 09:42:14 PM »
Another superfluous title sequence, but featuring a very underrated theme by the great Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Enter the Dragon):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UE4Vpv-YMs&feature=fvw

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« Reply #56 on: September 26, 2010, 03:17:57 PM »
Another superfluous title sequence, but featuring a very underrated theme by the great Lalo Schifrin

I wouldn't call any title sequence that doesn't tell parts of the story "superfluous".

Most opening credits have two main functions: Set the mood for the picture, and... to list the credits. :D

It's interesting to see how the significance of the opening credits changed over time: In the 30s and 40s most movies had the entire credits up front, and only a "The End" card at the end. In the following decades the closing credits appeared and got increasingly longer, while the opening credits got shorter.
Nowadays, many movies eschew the opening credits altogether, some even omit the title of the movie (The Dark Knight being a prominent example).

But it's probably a good thing: Artists have more choices regarding the opening of their film. If you have a great idea for a title sequence, you can put that in, but if you feel like jumping right into the action, you can do that, too.
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« Reply #57 on: September 26, 2010, 08:32:05 PM »
I wouldn't call any title sequence that doesn't tell parts of the story "superfluous".
 

Heh, I was still using the word in the original context of story narrative.   ;) 

A good title, in hacked UA mods as well as in movies, should (besides giving credits) set a mood, raise audience expectations (leaving them more attentive after the titles than before), and at least hint at a major theme, or pivotal elements, within the upcoming story.  (Plus, good, appropriate music helps, of course.) 

Here are some more favorite, nice, movie ones: 

Restrained Bond...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcIl_6amBvU

Hitchcockian...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbSDxA9q21I&feature=related

Funny cartoon style...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viJipACkwBw

Shaw Bros. style...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTeQJjnZeac

Samurai (from which I converted an image for one of my titles)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwzpxk-qEnQ
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« Reply #58 on: September 27, 2010, 08:40:24 AM »
Nowadays, many movies eschew the opening credits altogether, some even omit the title of the movie (The Dark Knight being a prominent example).

I think Christopher Nolan started it with Batman Begins and at first I thought it was a clever rhetorical device specifically used in the context of that movie, underlining its prequel / new beginning character. But apparantly it's just a whim of the director since he did it with TDK and Inception, too. I don't remember if he applied the same method in The Prestige but it's quite probable. That doesn't make the trick uninteresting at all but I'm still somewhat disappointed, I admit.  :-\

Anyway, I love good title sequences and end credits. It's like an art in itself.  :)

And as I recently experienced, even a mere display of the names can be quite entertaining and colorful (and short). Of course, it has to fit with the rest of the movie but in this case it did (think of childrens' picture books):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0MCsVRqrkc (Should translate to something like WE MADE THIS MOVIE, followed by the name of all who were involved)

Talking of children's movies, I thought the end credits of A Series of Unfortunate Events were very cool, too, but I couldn't find the original version of it on youtube. On the other hand, maybe childrens' movies are most suited for fanciful end credit sequences...

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Thanks for the links, hans! I especially like (and recognize) the samurai title sequence.  :)

 

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« Reply #59 on: September 27, 2010, 11:27:44 AM »
Thanks for the links, hans! I especially like (and recognize) the samurai title sequence.  :)
 

I heartily recommend that movie, Samurai Fiction.   :D

Here's an unexpectedly nightmarish title sequence for a family/kids movie: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-qIBPj2aMA