The title sequence I chose to review is the documentary “Inside Job” which is about the corruption on Wall Street which caused the massive crash of the economy in 2008.
This title sequence is primarily made up of aerial shots of New York City that have been recorded from a helicopter, which provided very smooth footage, giving a bird’s eye view of the city. The aerial shots of the video were taken during the “golden hours” of the day, meaning that they were recorded either at sunset or sun rise to provide golden/yellow light in the shots. This golden color can be seen glowing on the horizon as well as backlighting the buildings.
Having shots at this time of day creates beautiful scenes which are much more aesthetically pleasing than shots recorded in the middle of the day when the lighting is different.
Other aerial shots were not recorded at a wide angle like the shots above, some shots utilized telephoto lenses that brought the frame down to following a single car on the road. The contrast between the wide angle shots and the telephoto shots made a very interesting mix of footage and prevented the shots from being to repetitive.
The transitions for the shots at the beginning of the sequence were very simple but effective with keeping with the pace and style of the video. The video would transition by having shots pan up through the frame at speeds that would match the speed of the helicopter shot. The transitions were very linear which kept with the grid-like landscapes of New York City.
The song “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel was used in the background for this title sequence and it matched with the theme of the documentary perfectly. The song is all about living “larger than life” which is exactly what the video is trying to portray about the Wall Street CEO’s who were guilty. This song was also a great choice for the into title sequence because it is a very energetic song with many kick drum and bass beats which keeps the viewer interested and excited about the content of the documentary. The shots of the title sequence were also cut to the beat of the music which kept a great pace to the video.
Setting Up The Interviews:
Laced in between the scenic shots of the city, are introductions for people who will be interviewed throughout the documentary. The directer chose to introduce them in a unique way by showing a small clip of them answering a question and then having the next shot be a black and white shot of them with their name and position displayed next to them. The clips of the interviews used in the sequence were very interesting and served as hook for the viewer. This was a great choice because it not only introduced the main characters of the documentary it also presented the main issues that were going to be reviewed throughout the documentary.