Been watching a lot of movies lately, and I’ve been noticing the differences in the opening credits depending on I presume the director’s preferences or artistic desires. This is going to be tough to word since I don’t know all the right terms, but I’ll try. I see at least the following major variations:
- Credits just show up over top of the opening scenes - so the movie is progressing during this time.
- Credits are shown before the movie really starts, but during the credits something related to the movie is shown - at a minimum, scenic shots from wherever the movie is taking place, or some kind of other “mood setting” shots. Maybe even using stock footage of the city or wherever.
- Credits are shown before the movie starts, but during them is shown either basically a blank background with some music or some graphics, but this doesn’t really add to the movie in any way.
There are more, but I see these as the three main types. Personally, I prefer #1, since #3 makes me think “get on with it already”, but that’s not the question.
I was just kind of wondering what kinds of things lead the director to choose which way to go - is it only artistic considerations, budget (always I’m sure), movie length perhaps? (If a movie’s too short you can use #2 or #3, if it’s too long use #1?)
Anybody been involved with this kind of work and might know why one method might be picked or preferred over the others?