The Shannara Chronicles | Opening Credits

What is the purpose of the moving images sequence?
The opening title tells you the story of the show, which is based on earth generations after a nuclear bomb, the show also, has a mythological feel with having elves and gnomes in it.

Why have motion graphs/ visual effects been used?
The opening title shows the Earth slowly changing with bright red lights, Skyscrapers spinning around with smoke destroying the buildings and then a ball of light which is an explosion. A close up look of the skyscrapers shows them burning away. Representing the end of human life, and the world as we know it. They needed to use effects to create the wanted look.

What is the graphical style?
The title looks stylistic, artistic, and gothic it also has a animation feel to it, a lot of time and money would have gone into achieving this wanted look.

They have used two different typography’s which sit well on the footage of the title. Towards the end the name of the show is visible and prominent on the screen and also looks dramatic with its Sharpe edger’s.

Next you have a type of family tree running down the page, with humans at the top which starts bleeding into the gnomes, then bleeding into dwarves, then into the trolls. This image gives you the impression that the world which was once dominating by people is no longer and everything is disintegrating. The music that is played along with the opening title also ties in well with these stunning moving graphics, this help to draw the audience in.

What is the animation style of graphics?

The opening title has smooth transition scenes from one frame to the next, different perspectives such as wide frames, close up, Low angles, and spinning around the structures. The colours used are life like and the burning buildings have a texture to them that make it look like wood when it has been burnt. There is a lot going on in the opening title with battlefields, a skull with smoke coming off it and a silhouette of a castle in the distance with fire behind it.

Towards the end of the title a elm tree which is symbolic to the show comes into focus, leaves blowing with the title of the show coming from behind it on an angle, with what looks like magic misted around it.

How are the video and graphic combined?
They have used 3D software to create this TV title, along with multiple layers which contain the text information. They have been well integrated and the camera angles used helps to make the title look dramatic.

How does the combination of these factors help serve the purpose for which the piece has been created?
Every time this TV title is on I always stop what I am doing to watch it. Because they have created this in such away that makes it interesting and watchable. You can tell a lot of time and effort, thought and planning have gone into this, together with a large budget.

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