Editing – Titles

This post is dedicated to the opening titles and credits including the logo at the end of the 2 minute opening.

For the logo i aspired to create a classic 80’s style title so i conducted some research into ’80’s style logos’ and it produced some interesting  ideas, most followed the blue and pink colour scheme with bright neon lights and interesting fonts some of my favourite logos have been posted below.

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After establishing what specific features made an 80’s style logo i decided to go ahead and make my own. I opened up photoshop and made a bright green background (so i could key it out in post production) i then opened a text box on the same layer and typed the name of the film ‘thunder eagle’. I then went on to the internet and downloaded a VCR font which produced the old font often seen on VHS cameras stating the date and time and so on. I then loaded this font into photoshop and set the titles font to VCR. To make my logo look more like the images shown above i decided to add a gradient to the text, by simply clicking on FX and selecting gradient, i then changed what type of gradient i wanted eventually selecting the brown and blue gradient. After this had been selected it was just a matter of colour correction, i changed the titles gradient, mildly adjusting the colours to make them darker and lighter whilst also editing where the gradient would end and so on. After this was done i added an inner and outer glow to the text and it was complete.

The rest of the logo was simply the STILL TIME font, another font i had found on the internet. I added a custom text box to my timeline in final cut pro typing in the rest of the films name ‘Rise of the Cyborgs’. To make it look more like an 80’s logo i added a glow to the text and made it 3D by clicking the 3D option and then adjusting the text, moving it and changing the direction of the shadow and so on. For the background i placed a star filled sky image i had found on the internet and some red neon bars. Rounding it off with some flashes and sparks to make it look bright and bold.

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Below is an image of the way the titles are arranged on the editing board in final cut pro, i have arranged these in a specific way with reason. Firstly the addition of the slim grey boxes at the start of some of the clips is simply a transition effect in this case its cross dissolve, as you can see the duration of each of the transition effects is different as i wanted different sections to become more clear quickly than others. I put no transition effects on the actual title as i wanted it to burst forward with sparks and lighting, and if i used a transition effect on it it would be too slow and not pack enough punch!

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