Friday, 21 January 2011

Analysis of Title Sequence: The Taking of Pelham 123

The Taking of Pelham 123, Title Sequence

I am very inspired by this title sequence! The editing is amazing, it feels as though it's made as a music video rather then a title sequence, with the shots and pace fitting in with the music rather then the other way round. This fast pace reflects the busy, chaotic, fast paced New York, the setting of the film. The film is also set in the underground, we see this when we are introduced to Denzel Wahington's character who works on the underground, the titles them self come on and off the screen like trains stopping and leaving a station. John Travolta's character is also introduced and although he has no dialogue, we can get an idea about him e.g dress in black with black shades and a close up of the tattoo on his neck it suggest he's a criminal. We learn all this and much more in just the title sequence, keeping us gripped to the screen with this original exciting style of editing.

Below is an analysis of The Taking of Pelham 123 title sequence I did with my group in one of our lessons:

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