Short Film Titles

In order to create an authentic looking short film, I will need to look at the titles and credits that are frequently found at the start and end of the films. I chose to watch films of a similar length to mine, as they may have a roughly similar amount of time and production spent on them.

First I watched Focus:

The title sequence at the start of the film lasts for a total of 9 seconds. The blank screen doesn’t really give much away about the film, but the font movement hints towards the appearance and disappearance of the love interest of the main character. Ultimately, not much can be gained from the title. At 4 minute 45 seconds, the credits start and last for a length of 35 seconds.  The background is exactly the same as the background of the title and is written in the same font style, just in a smaller size. There is a blank screen for 5 seconds, then the first and only credit is given to the writer, director and producer. I will take this role in my film as that has been my overall role. The director of photography is shown next for two seconds, then followed by art director, music by, all for two seconds each. Then the scrolling credits start at 4 minutes 58 seconds and move quite quickly, starting with the starring roles. This is then followed by the crew, including camera assistant, gaffer, props master, hair and makeup, casting director, script supervisor, catering and stills photography. Post production crew is then credited next. Starting with editing, then rotoscoping, and VFX. Next, the layout of the credits changes, but continues scrolling with a ‘special thanks’ section, giving credit to those who helped the creation of the film but were not directly involved with the production.

I then watched a film named Musca:

This film features an ident which is something which I haven’t really considered before, as idents and logos haven’t typically popped up. The ident is shown on screen for five seconds and is for a company names ‘short pictures’ depending on how my editing goes in post production, I may or may not include an ident on my film. The title then shows on the same black screen of the ident, which transitions into the film with the title still on top. The title disappears at 11 seconds into the film, and is cleverly wiped away by the passing of a car over the title. The film cuts to black at 3 minutes 54 seconds, and the credits fade in two seconds afterwards. This time, the credits are not split into sections and are all fit into one screen, meaning that less time is spent on reading writing. The writing fades back out at 4 minutes and 7 seconds, with ‘short pictures’ quickly fading in at the end.

Finally I watched Shattered:

Unusually, the first 9 seconds of this film show a quote. 39 seconds into the film, the title shows on top of the action of the film and lasts for 5 seconds before fading out. At 4 minutes 59 seconds, the film cuts to black just as Musca did. 6 seconds after this, the titles begin scrolling quickly on the screen, again not in sections as was found in Focus’ credits. The credits finish at 5 minutes 23 seconds and the screen stays black. There is then a final credit that fades in an out given to the man in charge of photography and film.

Albeit I haven’t researched into many film titles, I have already been able to establish a few common themes. First of all, the title is usually shown at the start of the film on either a blank screen or on top of the film. I liked the appearance of the title being wiped away by something but I’m not sure as to whether this will be doable. At the end, the titles are usually shown in a scrolling manner and are all listed in sequence rather than in different sections. The credits are run on a blank screen as opposed to being shown over the top of any action of the film, contrasted with the title. There is always a special thanks credit, which may or may not be apart of the scrolling credits.

Through doing this research, I will be able to add some professional looking credits to my film and I have gained some insight into who exactly is credited and therefore will save time when editing my final film.