28.01.09 by Jeff

Brazil / Title Sequence

I can’t believe I didn’t know about Art of the Title until now. It is a fantastic site chronicling film title sequences and, if you are into films at all, you will be stuck over there for awhile. I had to watch the titles from Brazil as it’s possibly my favourite film of all time (top three anyways), and when I did, I noticed something for the first time.

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

Below is the sequence of frames that caught my eye – this perfectly illustrates the creativity present throughout the film. A man walks by a window and as he passes it the window explodes and instead of simply jump-cutting to the explosion there is a hand-painted animation of the man exploding for like 7 frames! I love stuff like this – going the extra mile to really sell the illusion in a low-budget/hand-made kinda way. Take a look:

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence

brazil terry gilliam art of the title intro sequence





  • http://www.superduper.shapesofsweetness.com Corey Thomspon

    Great catch. Yeah, Art of the Title is dope.

  • http://www.photoboothworks.com Jorrit

    Nice site but it’s not the first one. For get The Film Match the Titles was the first with this idea
    http://mmbase.submarinechannel.com/titlesequences/
    Besides that this one nicked some of Forget the film.. site to.

  • Aggy

    The whole of the movie is a design masterpiece in my opinion. The 1940’s view of the future from the prop making through to the posters used to dress the sets.

    Brilliant.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    ^yes!!

    jorrit, its not the first but what i like about it is you can download the sequences high res.

  • http://crabland.ca ChrisNielsen

    I’m going to have to check my DVDs now. I was just watching this the other day and I could have sworn it WAS just a jump cut!

    …I’m such a nerd.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

      i always thought so too, discovering the painted frames was exciting