The 100 (TV series) / Title sequence

What is the purpose of the moving images sequence?
From the opening title it is telling a storey to the viewer straight away that it is set in the future, has a Syfy impression, after the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse and there struggle to survive. What I do like about the 100 title, every season they change or add parts to it which tie in with what is going to happen, a taste of what is installed.

Why have motion graphs/ visual effects been used?
The creators have used visual effects because they would not have been able to achieve the outcome of the 0’s from the 100 logo smash into each other. By doing this makes the title look dramatic from the start. If they had not used visual effects the title would look cheap and boring. It is also in keeping with the Syfy theme by using visual effects. Without using special effects it would not have the same impact.

What is the graphical style?
This title has a dark futuristic feel and pace to it. The typography used is thin and is in capitals which helps makes it stand out against the background footage. It also has a computer style quality to it which is typical for Syfy programs. I like the way they have created assets/shapes which fly into the shot and towards important landmarks. They also have flying lines which catches your attention and makes you notice where they are going on the screen. The title also includes the cliches which are linked to Syfy programs such as it is the end of the word.

What is the animation style of graphics?
The movement between scenes looks impressive, the footage runs smooth but is fast when the assets are flying across the screen. The title has a nice stead pace to it and looks stylistic. It gives the impression that a computer is analysing the surrounding landscape and environment.

How are the video and graphic combined?
They have used 3d software to create the 100 logo to smash into each other and the landscape. It has been well integrated and looks realistic. They have used the main footage and added multiple layers such as to change the colours to make the landscape look dramatic and intense. I like the way they have also integrated iconic landmarks such as the statue of liberty which as been created to look like it is meant to be poking out of the sand. It also suggesting to the viewers that it is set in the future. They have also incorporated maps/ blue prints of building plans, which give an x-ray feel, you can see the inner workings of the building.

For me what also help to makes the TV title interesting is the different camera angles which helps creates give the illusion of a hostile environment below.

How does the combination of these factors help serve the purpose for which the piece has been created?
There is a lot going on in this TV title the combination of different effects used however I feel that it is well balance and most of all looks impressive. There is a lot of information that has been imported into this. You do have to watch this a few time to digest all the information. From watching this title you can see that a lot of time and money has gone into creating this title and most of all portray what the show is about.


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