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For decades, film and television have been using title sequences to set the mood and showcase the creative minds behind our favorite big and small-screen escapes. Visionaries were no longer satisfied with beginning their works of art with simple title cards and soft music, rather, they preferred to enrapt their audiences from the very first moment with clever ways to give credit where it was due while alluding to the theatrics you would experience thereafter.

Title sequences have since become a staple in most of our favorite films today, so it seems only fitting to pay homage to some of the best with a list of my ten favorite title sequences in film today.

 

Snatch (2000)

Director: Guy Richie
Title Design: Stuart Hilton and Ian Cross

Jason Statham introduces this crime comedy with a brief “Everything was going fine until…” type monologue that segues into a diamond heist executed by a team of robbers in full Hasidic Jew disguise, giving the viewer an action-packed opening to a film that clearly earned its cult classic status.

Appropriately using inspiration from old boxing posters, Stuart and Ian used a combination of live action and graphics to introduce key players in an amusing freeze frame compilation that accurately represents the characters you see throughout the film. With Klint’s “Diamond” rounding out the sequence with added elements of snare, and a bass line that is instantly associated with organized crime, we can’t wait to see the events unfold after this excellent introduction to an iconic film!

 

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