Today in awesome: HBO series opening sequences

April 20, 2011 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized)

HBO has a penchant for wicked mood-setting opening sequences. These are just a few of them n__n.

Carnivale (2003-2005)

Opening sequence by A52, designed by a Mister Angus Wall.  The design team set out to “create a title sequence that grounded viewers in the mid-1930s, but that also allowed people to feel a larger presence of good and evil over all of time.” It ended up winning an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design in 2004.

Six Feet Under (2001-2005)

Note the pretty flake-away text n_n.

This was made by Digital Kitchen (the same people who made the equally pretty Dexter opening), with music  by Thomas Newman. Series creator Alan Ball said the opening sequence was “elegant, cinematic and so unlike TV.”

The designer Danny Yount shows people how he storyboarded the whole thing here.

Rome (2005-2007)

Once again made by the people at A52. This one won the 2005 BAFTA award for Main Title.

I liked that it’s all told through ancient graffiti, which fits considering graffiti tells some really gritty stories that may or may not make it to more academic retellings of history. Also, there’s a cock at 0:40 n__n.

Game of Thrones (2011-ongoing)

Designed by Angus Wall, made by Elastic.

I got chills seeing this the first time (because I’ve been devouring the Song of Ice and Fire books over the last month, so seeing something you’ve just very recently visited on paper up in animation was much yayness). I like that they focused on the map, given that the settings – the (big ice) Wall, and the castles and cities – play as much a role in the story as the characters themselves.

According to (the designer) Wall, the sequence will change as the series progresses, to focus on other areas like the Twins and the Eyrie.

Boardwalk Empire (2010-ongoing)

This one I enjoy watching, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. It’s got an awesomely weathered Steve Buscemi standing on the beach like he doesn’t give a shit if he’s getting salt water and bottle shards all over his Mighty Fine Shoes n__n.

It’s by Imaginary Forces, which made “a main title sequence that brings central story points of the series to life and introduces us to the main character, Nucky Thompson, ‘ruler of the boardwalk.'”

True Blood (2008-ongoing)

I’ve never actually watched True Blood o_O. Doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the opening sequence, also by Digital Kitchen. The theme here was apparently “the whore in the house of prayer.” You can almost smell the decay n__n.

And here’s that pretty Dexter (2006-ongoing) opening, just because n__n.

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1 Comment

  1. 30 Days of Books « In the Grayworld said,

    […] I really like the Game of Thrones series n__n. For one thing it’s HBO (and I have spoken of my love for HBO before). For another thing, it doesn’t try to directly translate the book by George RR […]

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