Art, Media, VCD theory
What can we learn about style from TV openings?
On this page, you're going to find video links to clips that show a range of TV series opening sequences. These short mini sequences are emblems of style. Compare and contrast how they are made with distinctive structural and aesthetic qualities.
How times have changed!
From Black and white to glorious colour.
I have selected a group of Youtube clips to start you off on your journey back in time.
If you're using this page as research for a class task you will want to know how to process the information you found in the videos. I have put a range of prompt questions here to help you engage in the content.
When did they get new?
Trawl through the clips of opening sequences. Consider, which ones are new and which are retro - even in their time?
Ask yourself, which period saw the biggest stylistic change? When did they begin to integrate deconstructed, layered, abstract effects? Can you co-relate this practice with the introduction of computers into media? When was that?
Then consider, what elements of construction do they all have in common? What really makes a great, memorable TV opening?