Monday, 31 January 2011


In class we looked at different types of fonts so we could gain a better understanding on fonts and how they are used in movies. Titles in movie sequences help to reflect the movie and it's background story, for example: the movie 'The Strangers' uses child like writing to show disturbing and messy writing, which could define the storyline and how things may turn out. In my opinion before this lesson, I used to think that the title didn't have much impact on the film, that it was only there for appearance. However i now realise that most movies reflect their titles towards their films, i.e they match the movie and so we can get an impression of what type of film we are watching. We also learnt that when we make our own thriller sequence we should think very carefully about the font because it should always reflect the movie itself.

There are two types of fonts that are seen on many movie sequences whcih are the traditional and formal fonts. This is Serif fonts – such as times and courier. Serif fonts are much more formal, classic and professional then Sans Serif fonts. Serif fonts are usually the extra little detail and have a flick on the end of every letter, these are most used in newspapers over magazines for a clearer more easier view. Sans Serif fonts are used in magazines more often these is more modern and less formal, more casual, such as Arial and Comic sans.

In class we talked about the poster of Pear Harbor which uses classic Serif font, the title is shown in large capitals which grabs the audiences attention and makes it very eye catching. The capital letters show the importanc, power and boldness of the movie. It could reflect the actors above who are dressed in military clothes, so the captials could represent the order and seriousness that the military go through. Also, the way they are positioned also shows that they have responsabilities through their military costumes this all reflects the movie title.

The film 'Rocky' uses the font Franklin gothic heavy. As you can see the title is presented in big bold curvy writing it is very eye catching and takes up most of the upper poster. This i believe is a great film cover as it reflects simplicity and sophistication at the same time. The writing seems as if it is being squashed as it's so huge, which links to the manin character Rocky as he is this big muscular man, yet lives a smiple hardworking life. Having such a plain background bring contrast between it and the title, making it a main focus on the cover.

The film 'Seven' has a discrete opening and title sequence with a child like writing font, making it seem shocking and disturbing seeing a childs writing opening the thriller movie.

I really liked the font used because in our own thriller sequence we have a child as a main character, and would be nice to reflect that to the audience with child-like font. (As shown above in the opening titles to Seven.)

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