Like trailers and credits sequences (and post-credit sequences), a great TV title sequences gets me EXCITED.
They can fully encapsulate a show in its brief runtime. From the music to the images, it comes together, evoking a sense of mood... immediately, either right before the episode or after a cold open (boy, do I love those too).
Anyways, I finished Halt and Catch Fire recently. (It's one of those shows that tangle with your emotions, leaving you with feelings that linger long after the finale is over.)
The intro is one of my favorites. Here it is...
To find that video, I used trusty ol' Google, which led me to this site: Art of the Title. (You can check out an interview with the Director, Patrick Clair, and Lead Animator, Raoul Marks, here.)
On a scale of 1 to 10... no, numbers can not express how excited I was to see a site dedicated to TV/Film intros. (Yeah, I'm a weirdo. I also like to sit through end credits sequences... and not just for the post-credits scene either.)
Sooooo here's a toast: to awesome TV intros and you folks who share my appreciate of them.
To cap it all off, I'd like to share a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
Let's start with a shout out to HBO. I don't watch all your shows, but the ones I do watch never fail to impress.
Game of Thrones
1) Ramin Djawadi's theme is strong. 2) Maps have always been a key part in my experiences with a fantasy stories. I would always pore over the maps at the beginning of fantasy books, imagining the characters' journeys, flipping back and forth between the prose and maps as the plot progressed and shifted across the lands.
When I saw Game of Thrones, I felt like they acknowledged that part of the nerd experience. And y'all know what I mean when I say that I'm on the edge of my seat every episode, waiting to see if a new location gets featured... amiright?
True Detective Season 1
The double-exposure visual aesthetic is the standout for me in this one. Coupled with the music, it evokes the mood of the show exceptionally well.
Weirdly enough, John Adams was the first HBO show I watched. The intro was probably one of the first ones that stuck out to me. (At the time, I hadn't gotten into "prestige TV" yet, and shows like Lost and Heroes had intros that lasted about five seconds.)
As I mentioned before, Halt and Catch Fire has one of my favorite intros of all-time. Not surprising as it's an AMC show, and they have a strong track record as well.
To be completely honest, I'm probably not as fussed about this one compared to the others on this list. I might've even skipped it a couple of times... not because it's not good. Sometimes, you're just indifferent.
Now, this one. At its peak, this show could deliver a brilliant cold open, leading into this brilliant intro with its jarring, nerve-racking sawing of strings, all before a meditation on the nature of life in a post-apocalyptic world or simply some visceral thrills from a zombie-ridden world.
Of course, we can't forget about Netflix Originals: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Stranger Things.