Tag Archive - Title Sequences

DK’s True Blood Titles Pt.2

Follow up to DK's True Blood Titles
Following up on last week’s post about Digital Kitchen’s title sequence for HBO’s True Blood, DK producer Morgan Henry provides some background for the creative process:

“With regards to “Wrong Eyed Jesus”- it was indeed a source of inspiration. Along with several other documentaries of the south and several that focused on Pentecostalism. We also had on our team a designer/photographer who grew up in the south and his photos from the region served as a great source of inspiration and authenticity. The umbrella for all this imagery was of course our mission to create a sequence that was appropriate to the series- to that end we spent a lot of time watching and rewatching the pilot, reading the series of books that the series was based on and developing a narrative response.

“True Blood is, as I’m sure you’ve seen, is a heady mix of sex, violence, taboo, humor, religion and mysticism. To introduce the viewers to a taste of that, we shot the majority of the imagery to be specific to the sequence. To be clear- there is no footage from “Wrong Eyed Jesus” in our piece, there are a handful of stock shots- mostly of wildlife and archival. The team here shot the rest mostly in Louisiana, with some shots in Chicago and others here in Seattle.”

DK’s True Blood Titles

DK's True Blood Titles
Just started getting into True Blood, Alan Ball’s latest HBO series about a telepathic waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana who falls in love with a vampire. Like Ball’s previous project, Six Feet Under, the title sequence was created by the talented team over at Digital Kitchen and presents a perverse montage of imagery that perfectly captures the juxtaposition of sinister and spiritual underlying the American South. Better still is the “True Blood Featurette” that links from the same page which I can only assume is a director’s cut of the more twisted material that was collected for the project.

UPDATE: I was showing these clips to my friend Doug today and he directed me to some additional “disturbing deep south fun” from the documentaries Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus (which we both concluded was a primary influence for the DK title sequence, some footage seeming to be directly lifted from this film) and The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia of which I can find very little in terms of footage online but did find a gallery of the photographs on which the film was based. Disturbing fun indeed.

The Mad Men Ripple

Mad Men
Mark Simonson’s critical analysis of Mad Men typography.

Mad Men illustrated by Dyna Moe.

The Mad Men Guide to New York.

I’m being followed by Betty Draper: Mad Men on Twitter.

Real Mad Men at Wired, Business Week, and the New York Post.


Imaginary Forces’ Mark Gardner and Steve Fuller on the title sequence design and its homage to Saul Bass.

The drinks

and the Draper’s kitchen.

Auteurs on YouTube – Part 1

It is a strange juxtaposition to go hunting for clips of master filmmakers on youTube. But they are there to be found.

In the great democratization of media, a clip from Fellini’s 8 1/2 stands on even par with clips as monumental to the history of cinema as Brandon Davis and Paris Hilton’s crude comments about Lindsay Lohan’s nether regions. That any one of these great film pioneers foresaw this highly compressed small screen fate for their work is asking too much even for such visionaries.

In the end, it makes for an enjoyable evening surfing through these clips. Here are but a few. I invite you to add more via the comments.

The trailer for Godard’s Breathless (with Japanese subtitles no less).

The swing scene from Kurosawa’s Ikiru.

Two classic 60’s rock n roll moments: the Yardbirds in Antonioni’s Blow Up and a great early rendition of Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones in Godards’ One Plus One.

Film historian, Peter Cowie talking about Bergman’s “Winter Light”.

The wonderful Saul Bass title sequence and opening scene of Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

And finally, one that always gives me chills with the first strains of the violin, the French trailer for Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love.

That’s Great Bass!

titles designed by saul bass
The classic movie titles of legendary designer Saul Bass brought to you by my new favourite site, Not Coming to a Theatre Near You.

(Indirectly via Coudal.)