Sunday, 9 December 2012

MA Visual Arts - That Damn essay!!!

December is here again how did that happen? I'm recovering from my encounter with my MA Research Essay, which kicked my ass to the maximum. Despite that I feel I am not capable of writing more academic papers in the future and also the essay will provide me with source material for my PhD application.

In my essay I tackled a subject that I knew a great deal about but hadn't ever focused on its importance to visual communication. This has now been addressed and I intend to continue exploring the subject through contacting the academics and practitioners I discovered during my research and analysis of the subject.

What is this subject you ask? The design of Movie Title Sequences is the answer. In my essay I reviewed what are considered very important phases in the production of title sequence form. Analysed here are Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 film ‘Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed’, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger: A Story of London in the Fog’ from 1927. The titles designed by Saul Bass and also Orson Welles’ ‘Touch of Evil’ from the 1950’s then finally the work of Kyle Cooper, Daniel Kleinman and Tom Kan in the 21st Century. The examples I reference can be said to contribute to the ‘graphic world’ we live in.

In conclusion I believe the desire to engage or entertain the gathering audience in the auditorium when coupled with the designer or artists eye for sensitive and meaningful image sequences raises not only the quality of the story but also gives us pause to reflect on the significance of what I call the ‘introduction etiquette’ of cinema. The communication of complex ideas to a diverse but visually sophisticated audience is still paramount. Even after more than a 100 years of cinema we still need our emotions catered for. 


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