Movie Title Sequence

Title of movie: The Martian

I decided to make a title sequence which will be a 1:00.

The theme that I am working on or the plot revolves around the process of planting the potatoes in mars. The main objects are a shovel, potatoes, a plate and fork, ketchup  since he ate his potatoes with ketchup only, calculations of the pathfinder, gloves and rust.

My initial idea was creating an animation of a rocket leaving earth and once it is in space, typography begins to appear from the rocket. I was thinking it would be as simple as my vector movie poster. The same style. This is the first story board that I was working on:

Soundtrack: I was looking into this soundtrack for my title sequence. The Composer: Harry Greyson-Williams. Minute: 20:17 Pathfinder.

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I decided to change my idea of creating an animation and thought that I am more skilled when it comes to videography. I do not think I will be able to achieve what I want because I am not that familiar with animation. Also, I feel like the first idea of the rocket is very basic and straight forward. You get to know what the movie is about instantly. There is no sense of mystery.

This is the second story board that I sketched. I am more interested and excited to film this more than the first idea of the animation. I want to focus on the potatoes and how this is an important part of the entire movie. I do not want to give away everything about the movie by showing a rocket, astronaut and all that.

Before beginning to shoot my video, I was thinking of some effects that I would like to have in my title sequence. I watched a couple of videos and thought that they would really help. The first video is about changing the tint because I want my title sequence to have a dusty or reddish tint to it. Also, found a video where I can achieve a cinematic look. I think that is perfect because in some shots or transitions I would want a darker section or area. Another effect that I was searching for was the typing text. These are screenshots of the videos that I have saved to use later on:

This is process of the footage that I have so far: 

I began with the shovel and how I want it to move from one point to another through the soil. I took several videos from different angles so I can have more options to work with. I also found some plants at home that look similar to potato leaves which was perfect. I took some shots near the plants and shots without.

These are some screenshots of me attempting to video frame 5 and 6 from my story board. These shots from the videos that I took are not edited.

A shot from the short rust clip as well as some dripping pipes that I took:



Final Movie Posters




What I learned:

  • Vectors are hard to design especially when you have to include shadings. Everything looks flat without shadows.
  • Typography can be tricky and I had to print out several times to try to match the right size for my posters. At times the type size looked similar and there was no hierarchy.
  • Colors don’t look the same when printed out. So colour matching was a challenge for me.
  • Coloured text must be legible and whatever we see on the screen may look clear but when printed can change.

Week 8


The red coloured text does not work with the orange background. It should probably be a lighter color.

I should make twentieth century fox a bit smaller. The text could also be white here because it is not clear when printed. Also, change the color of the duotone to be more reddish and dusty. The astronaut placed in the martian could be used instead of the “I”.

The bottom text should probably have a box behind it so it can show. Also, remove the shovel from the back because it doesn’t show when printed. The focus should be the potatoes only and soil.

Week 7

Three posters that I put up:


We were asked to pick from our classmates posters. The ones we liked the most, we put aside. All the other posters that weren’t picked were thrown away.

Everything I designed was flat and vectorised. It needed a lot more work. I am thinking of taking my own photographs instead of illustrating everything.

Most important things to focus on:



point size




Week 6

We were introduced to the project during this week and we had to pick one movie from the 5 that we did our research on. My movie is the martian. I began researching more about the movie, looking into movie posters and reading more about the meanings of pragmatic,poetic and persuasive.

Those are the colours that I would want to use in my posters and I believe they are colours that relate to mars and the whole movie.

Looking at different images that are from the movie:

After picking my color palette, I started sketching. The very first thing that I decided to do was pick a typeface. These are some of the sketches on how I was planning to place typography with different coloured backgrounds.

The typeface that I liked the most is called : Politica

We had to have three posters for the upcoming week. Pragmatic,poetic and persuasive.

I learned that pragmatic could be the name of the movie, poetic could be the quote and persuasive could be the company.

Week 5-Movies

Movie 1: 12 Years A Slave

Year of release:  October 18, 2013

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Director: Steve McQueen

Producer: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katanas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchmann, Brad Pitt, Bill Polar,

Executive Producer: John Ridley, Tessa Ross, Bianca Stigter

Studio or Production Companies:

  • Regency Enterprises
  • River Road Entertainment
  • Plan B Entertainment
  • New Regency Pictures
  • Film4
  • Summit Entertainment

Main Characters: Solomon Northup, Michael Fassbender

Soundtrack and Score: 21 tracks from the original film score written and composed by Hans Zimmer


Pragmatic: real life events of slavery and struggle

Poetic: the main character reunites with is family after 12 years of slavery and separation

Persuasive: uses ethos which basically aligns with my ethics

uses pathos which means it appeals to the audiences emotions

Movie 2: Shrek

Year of release:  April 22, 2001

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure

Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Producer: Aron Warne, John H. William, Jeffrey Katzenberg


  • DreamWorks Animation
  • DreamWorks
  • Pacific Data Images
  • Vanguard Films

Main Characters: Shrek, donkey, princess fiona

Soundtrack and Score: Original Motion Picture

  1. “Stay Home” by Self
  2. I’m A Believer by Smash Mouth
  3. Like Wow! by Leslie Carter
  4. It Is You by Dana Glover
  5. Best Years of Our Lives by Baha Men
  6. Bad Reputation by Halfcocked
  7. My Beloved Monster by Eels
  8. You Belong To Me by Jason Wade
  9. All Star by Smash Mouth
  10. Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright
  11. I’m on My Way by The Proclaimers
  12. I’m A Believer by Donkey
  13. True Love’s First Kiss by Harry Gregson Williams and John Powell


Pragmatic: the idea of acceptance and love

Shrek doesn’t have to conform to societies standards of beauty

Poetic: shreks social isolation and eventual finding of love

Persuasive: how an outcast can find his place and this appeals to our emotions

Movie 3: Legally Blonde

Year of release:  June 26, 2001

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director:  Robert Luketic

Producer: Marc Platt, Ric Kidney

Co-producer: Christian McLaughlin,David Nicksay


  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Marc Platt Productions

Main Characters: Elle Woods, Emmett, Paulette

Soundtrack and Score: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  1. Perfect Day by Hoku
  2. Love Is a Beautiful Thing by Krystal Harris
  3. We Could Still Be Together by Lisa Loeb
  4. Don’t Need You to Tell Me I’m Pretty by Samantha Mumba
  5. One Girl Revolution by Superchick
  6. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton
  7. Magic by Black Eyed Peas
  8. Watch Me Shine by Joana Pacitti
  9. Oh La La by Valeria
  10. Can’t Get Me Down by Lo Ball
  11. Sex Machine by Mya


Pragmatic: showing daily life events

Poetic: overcame societies stereotypes regarding blonde girls

Persuasive: inspires the viewer to pursue their dreams

Movie 4: Straight Outta Compton 

Year of release: August 13, 2015

Genre: Music, History, Crime, Drama

Director:  F. Gary Gray

Producers: Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Dr. Dre, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein


  • Universal Pictures
  • Legendary Entertainment
  • New Line Cinema
  • Cube Vision
  • Crucial Films
  • Broken Chair Flickz
  • Circle of Confusion
  • Xenon Pictures

Main Characters: Ice Cube, DR DRE, Eazy E, DJ Yella, MC Ren, D.O.C

Soundtrack and Score:


Pragmatic: reality of life in compton and how people worked really hard. it’s all about the hustle

Poetic: rise, fame and success from a very difficult background

Persuasive: success comes with working hard and sacrifice

Movie 5: Split

Year of release: January 19, 2017

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller




Main Characters:

Soundtrack and Score:


Pragmatic: showing us the extremes of human psychology

Poetic: the main character sympathises with his victim

she survives after being kidnapped

Persuasive: the fear is always passed on to the viewers and suspense

Movie 6: The Martian

Year of release: September

Genre: Drama

Director:  Ridley Scott



Main Characters:

Soundtrack and Score:







Week 3

My initial patterns were all vectors. We were going for a theme of waves, shells, water and reflections.

I then started working by hand and felt like I was able to achieve nicer patterns than digital. I scanned all of the patterns that I hand drew to 300 dpi. I will start working digitally with my hand drawn patterns.

Week 2

During week to we had our colour theory lecture as well as a photoshop tutorial about pattern and brush making.

What I learned from the Colour Theory lecture:

Hue is another name for the word colour.

Value is the lightness and darkness of a colour.

Monochromatic is colour schemes consisting of any single hue and its tints and shades.

Saturation or intensity is the brightness of a hue.

Achromatic: combines black, white and grey hues.

Complementary colours don’t work well with typography.

By the end of this lecture, we were asked to meet with out group and pick a colour scheme for the patterns. Also, think of our audience and in this case ours is targeting men only.

What I learned from the Photoshop demo:

Spot: is your pattern placed in one section or part of your clothing.

Repeated: is your pattern duplicated.

Engineered: is the pattern or a section of the pattern in a specific path around your clothing.

I’m not really familiar with Photoshop so I learned how to delete a white background by pressing select-similar and it was interesting to learn how to create patterns by using the settings in Photoshop.

This is our finalised colour scheme:

Week 1

During our first week, we were introduced to the project which is going to be a collaborative with the fashion design department. The whole theme of our project will revolve around nautical and how we portray this theme by learning how to design patterns and textiles. Our limitation is designing patterns on a jumpsuit that the fashion design student in our group will construct.

We had to keep a couple of things in mind like: personas, lifestyles and basically create a narrative for the girl that will be wearing our jumpsuit.

I researched to have an idea of what patterns and textiles are usually associated with the word nautical. I found this 50’s and 60’s photographs of fashion ads and magazine covers that are interesting to me. Also, gave me an idea of what could be expected from us to design as a group of 3 graphic designers for our fashion designer.

The patterns that are usually used are stripes.

Also, was looking into what is called surface pattern design. This is a blog post that has information about surface pattern design:

I learned that there are types such as stripes, brick, diamond etc. There are different layouts for example having the pattern all over, one or two way, multi directional and engineered placements.

For next week, we should have more research about colour theory and what looks good together, do’s and don’ts in colours, how to match colours. Colours can either make or break a pattern. Moreover, looking into those 3 websites:

  • wgsn