Blog 1: Title Sequence Comparison

The Stranger Things title sequence uses mostly text and minimal colours. This title sequence is a great example of the use of primary (object) motion which is described as “the movement of one or more elements over time and across space.” Krasner (2013). The letter from “Strangers Things”  scaling and moving around the page behind the text demonstrates the form of primary motion. This title sequence does not use any secondary (camera) motion as it is text only. Timing becomes a very important part of forming the way this title sequence flows as there are many moving and flashing components and to ensure relevant transitions. The moment and jumping between different parts of the text and the timing of scaling is crucial. 

The Altered States title sequence uses both video and text. There is clear use of both primary and secondary motion. Krasner discusses as “The study of movement is not just confined to how objects travel inside the composition” Krasner (2013).  This is evident through the panning of text and the use of inverted negative space to use the videos inside of the type instead of the type on top of the video. The use of the credit type to be the same size and position throughout the sequence is an interesting choice, almost looking out of place. Timing plays such an important part in all sequences and because of the additional use of video it almost takes away from the title and extends the time longer than it needed to. There is an obvious use of scaling and overlapping in the main title. 

Dead Zone, quite like The Altered States, used both primary and secondary motion effectively. This title sequence seems to use more still-shot images, in a slideshow/ montage feel. The use of imagery inside of the type is once again used with scaling. Layering and overlapping of text creates a dimensional feel almost like two things are occurring at once. Timing in this title sequence is in the similar category in which I put The Altered States as it is a very slow pace but I think the consistency of the timing and the final movement of the title just makes sense.

I think there are distinct differences in the quality of title sequences between the three in terms of time. The Stranger Things title sequence is clearly the most recent and the level of detail, in my opinion, is a lot more evident with newer technology. 

Reference list

Krasner, Jon. Motion Graphic Design : Applied History and Aesthetics, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. ProQuest Ebook Central,

Landekic, W.L. and Published October 21, 2013 (n.d.). The Dead Zone. [online] Available at:

Landekic, W.L. and Published September 25, 2013 (n.d.). Altered States. [online] Available at:

Perkins, W.W., Perkins, I.L.L.W., Landekic, E.L. and Published August 9, 2016 (n.d.). Stranger Things. [online] Available at:

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