Ahmet Iltas – Light
Turkish graphic designer Ahmet Iltas’s illustration “Light” is a beautiful piece of artwork where the usage of colors can bring life to an illustration. By darkening certain parts of the illustration and brightening other parts he manages to bring depth and create a photorealistic look into the work.
Garry Westmore – The Art and Evolution of TV Title Sequences
In the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI)’s article, Garry Westmore explores why modern TV opening sequences have become interestingly good on their own. He compares the TV title sequences of earlier TV shows like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, offering the audience a song or narration accompanied by action and imagery along with obligatory hero shots of the show’s stars.
Today the day we start to move from that classic 80s and 90s feel towards a more graphical and subtle approach, creating an artistic branch in solely creating and designing title sequences. The first who created this type of moving title sequence that stepped off that bombastic “I’m the hero” type of intros would be David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (One of my favorite TV shows).
The sequence takes roughly two and a half minutes, offering a wide array of images of the environment of Twin Peaks. It does not give away anything about the show itself but rather giving a mysterious feeling to it which we would be drawn in to discover what the show is actually about. Title sequences nowadays are slowly starting to follow that kind of style where it’s more about contextualization rather than their exposition.
The popular Stranger Things has shown us that they don’t even have to be as grandiose, just really clever.
To quote Garry Westmore’s final verdict:
Despite the minority of shows that take the minimalist approach, title sequences in the 21st century suggest the range of what we consider popular or commercial television is getting broader and broader, that long or short, cryptic or thematically clear; titles sequences are not just endured by audiences but enjoyed – adding to a show’s depth by providing a piece of visual art that can be appreciated along with, or separate from the show it represents. More importantly, and to both creators and audiences alike, that we now expect something more understated than obvious exposition.