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5 Opening Sequences:

5 Opening Sequences

Sherlock :

Sherlock Dr. Watson is war vet home from Afghanistan. He meets Holmes through an advertisement he had put up because he wanted a flat mate. Almost as soon as Watson moves in, they are embroiled by mysteries.  This establishing shot shows that the series is based in London due to the popular London Landmarks being shown such as The London Eye and Big Ben. Furthermore, a filter has been added to the shot which emphasizes how old London is. Also, the shot is slightly blurred which makes it seem as if the shot is through someone else’s eyes - as if it is a memory. Also, time in this shot has been sped up to emphasise the business of London. The Title of the show is Sherlock which is shown in this establishing shot. The name ”Sherlock” is in black, capital, sans serif letters which stands out against the dismal, cloudy sky behind it. The sky also represents the stereotypical weather in England, that it is always overcast in England. This is a close up of a sample of blood which has had another substance added to it which changes its composition. The evidence of blood suits the genre of crime and drama as it suggests that someone has died or has been injured. Furthermore, the blood being mixed with an unknown chemical exemplifies that the person who did it must be an intellectual and they know what they are doing. Which suggests that this series has a lot of smart and important characters. Also, the title shows that the show was ‘co-created with Mark Gatiss ’.  The title is in a white font with a slight change in size between the name and the title of the person. The white text contrasts with the red background from the blood sample.  This section of the sequence has different shots layered over each other. There is an extreme close up of red lips which belong to a female which accentuates the theme of sexuality which suggests that there may be love interests or someone that is set to seduce and try and hurt the protagonists. There is long shot of the silhouette of Sherlock looking over the ledge of a building. It is a low angle shot which shows that he is powerful and establishes that he is the main protagonist . There is also a glare over all the layers which shows that everything is very confusing and that only Sherlock can figure it out which emphasises his intellectuality.  The music that plays throughout the sequence has bells chiming in it which could contrast with the bells from Big Ben. Also it could symbolise that Sherlock is always racing against time to solve a case. Everyone who lives in London is always in a rush.

Death In Paradise.:

Death In Paradise. A crime, mystery, drama about a British inspector that is transferred to Saint-Marie police department. The first inspector hates the sun, sea and sand – the series follows his investigations into murders on the island. As the series develops, new inspectors come along meaning we have to say goodbye to the old ones which I due to various reasons and events. As of 2019, the series is on their third inspector who is an Irish man called DI Mooney.  The first inspector was a man named Richard who was then replaced by Humphrey. All of their personalities being completely different.  The theme song is called: "You're wondering Why?" The song is very upbeat and has a reggae vibe to it. This suits the location because Saint Marie (which is a fictional island) is a Caribbean island where a lot of the population know French. Thus the music fits the Jamaican culture that characters in the show adopt. For example, Dwayne is a police officer and he has a very strong Jamaican accent which differs to Danny John Jules' (name of the actor) very strong English one. The opening shot is an establishing shot   of the ocean with the sun appearing on the horizon. The brightness of the sun is so intense that it is slightly difficult to see the sand and properly see the ocean. Thus emphasising how unbearably hot it can be in the Caribbean. Then a recording of a plane landing layers over the top of the sunrise which demonstrates how the main character is not from the island. We know that it is the main character in there because then a long shot of Richard is shown (the inspector) of him running across the beach while struggling to pull his suitcase behind him. In this shot you can see that Richard is wearing a suit including smart shoes. His clothing combined with him struggling to pull his suitcase across the beach makes this scene extremely comedic. Richard represents an arrogant Englishman who refuses to adapt and instead decides to suffer by wearing an extremely hot suit in order to remain looking professional.  The next picture is a medium shot of Richard where the camera pans around him while he looks left and right as if he is in the middle of chasing someone or that he may have lost them. The shot accentuates how stern Richard is and how foolish he is for wearing a suit; he has not even unbuttoned his top button or loosened his tie which exemplifies how determined Richard is to remain professional and keep his English heritage in tact. Also, by showing a stern expression, the director shows how Richard is not panicking; that he knows how to do his job and he is in control.  The next shot is a close-up of someone playing the drum which synchronises   with the background reggae music. Furthermore, this shot exemplifies the culture on Saint-Marie and creates an image of the island always being alive; that there is always music somewhere playing. Also, this shot shows the ethnicity of some of the people that inhabit the island.  The next two shots start with a close-up of the lady Camille and then the second is a long-shot of the characters Dwayne and Fidel. In both shots there is evidence of alcohol which fits the stereotype of a Jamaican person; the idea of getting high, being able to relax and have a couple of drinks. The close-up of Camille shows that she is also an important character in this series. The long-shot of Dwayne and Fidel is also layered so that half of the shot shows a long-shot of Fidel diving into the ocean; portraying that they work hard and that they deserve to drink – they are great policemen who are good at their job. This two-shot is of Camille and Richard. Camille is holding a gun which establishes the theme of the show which is a crime drama. Furthermore, the fact that Camille is holding the gun and Richard is not demonstrates the power of women; Richard is also wearing ear protectors whereas Camille is not which reverses gender roles as Camille is being portrayed as the more courageous one – Camille has a concentrated look on her face while Richard's face is slightly creased up which shows that he is slightly nervous about the loudness of the gun about to be shot.  The opening sequence ends with the title of the show which is designed as some sort of stamp which could be for a passport or representing the stamps used on police reports. The title is the final layer and then the text fades away as the episode is about to begin. The font of the title is used throughout the opening sequence for different titles in it. The text is all in capitals and is a cream colour which resembles the colour of a worn out letter. The text is not completely filled in which portrays the them of a stamp or it could be resembling evidence used in their murder cases such as old, slightly withering, documents.  Finally, throughout the opening sequence, a gradient overlay is used which filters between red, yellow and green. The three colours continually flash in and out throughout the sequence. Red, yellow and green are the colours that are usually associated with reggae and Jamaican culture which makes this filter perfect for the show as it resembles the culture of the inhabitants of the people living on Saint-Marie.

Misfits :

Misfits  Five juvenile offenders with nothing  in common find themselves working together on community service project, and their differing personalities soon cause sparks to fly.  This is nothing compared to what happens when a freak electrical storm hits town. They then discover that they are developing super powers.  Now, on top of dealing with the realities of teenage life and finishing their service project, they must figure out how to control their abilities and find out just what, if anything, they are expected to do with them.  The backing music used in the opening sequence is a song called Echoes by The Rapture who are an American rock band from New York City. The music is upbeat and mainly consists of drums, guitar riffs and some vocals. The vocals come in as soon as the sequence starts; the voice is slightly high pitched and at the end of each verse they scream "What?". The music suits the sequence as the opening is quite tense due to the use of dark, murky colours .  The theme opens with a small animation sequence. Grayscale colours are used which creates a sort of tense atmosphere as the dark colours make it difficult to identify who the characters are and what they are doing. Misfits is also set in East London so the dark colours accentuate that London can be dark and murky; England is also known for having a lot of bad weather so using dark colours shows how gloomy London can be. Thus also setting the atmosphere in the program and contrasts with the idea of the main characters being juvenile offenders.  Part of the animations shows three people being struck by lightning which causes their skeletons to appear. Each of the drawings of the character have quite identifiable differences, for example one having spikey hair or one having an afro. Having such specific differences and there only being five of them helps the audience match these drawings to those of the characters about to appear after the animation .  The title of the program is shown at the end of the animation instead of at the end of the full opening sequence which many TV programs seem to do. The background is a greyish colour with black spots (like paint) splattered over it; black smudges and graffiti in the top right corner and the bottom left corner. The actual title is in black capital letters . The letters have rough edges and seem as if they have been slightly worn away. They are also placed really close together which makes it slightly difficult to identify certain letters and makes the title itself look like a piece of graffiti.  The rest of the opening sequence swipes between each of the main characters. A hand held camera is used which makes the audience feel slightly disorientated and creates the idea that the characters are confused as well; they are not sure what is happening either. Furthermore, the cuts between each character is even more disorientating for the audience as the camera seems to spin to the next character or swipes left to right so that the audience doesn’t know what is about to happen next. When each character comes in to shot , no more is shown of them than a mid-shot ; you never see someone's whole body.  Animation is still used during the second half of the opening sequence. For example, the first character walks out from behind a pillar and after he has walked out of shot , a silhouette of a wolf suddenly appears on the pillar; another point is where one of the characters is running as he's running, a shadow of himself slowly diffuses out of him.  The two female characters that appear in the sequence both have an effect put on them where ripples pulse out of them which accentuates how although they look vulnerable they are quite powerful.  Another effect used Is a red overlay that glows when one of the male main characters appear on the screen. Red is usually associated with anger whereas the expression on the man's face is blank which suggests that although he is calm, he may be hiding something, He is probably quite dangerous.  The main characters in this program represent different ethnicities for example there being two black people and three white people. Furthermore, the different expressions they are wearing gives a little insight into their personalities and the effect that their new powers have on them. For example there is a mid-shot of a white girl curled up into a ball on the floor against a wall and she seems to have a worried expression which exemplifies how she may be slightly terrified of her powers.

Peaky Blinders.:

Peaky Blinders. A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby. Opens immediately with the song 'Red Right Hand' by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are an Australian Rock band that were formed in 1983. The music video is in black and white with there being flashes of either light or another piece of footage layered over the top which parallels the Peaky Blinders opening sequence as a lot of low key lighting and layering of different pieces of footage is used in it.  The song starts with a chiming of a bell which is repeated at different stages of the sequence. Lots of people living in England during 1919 would have been very religious therefore the bells could be signaling church bells which is ironic as this series is about gangsters that kill people whereas people who are religious believe it is bad to harm others.  The first shot is a close-up of the side of a man's face. The man is wearing a cap where the rim of it is casting a shadow over his eyes so that you can only partly see the bottom half of his face and the creases at the bottom of his eyes. Thus his identity is disguised as his face hides in the shadow of his cap. This exemplifies how the gangsters in this series are good at keeping themselves hidden as all they need is a cap to ensure no one finds out who they are. Layered over the top of this is a video of a moving steam train which causes half of the shot to be clouded. Thus reinforcing the idea of hiding. Furthermore, the train could represent different things: is it a way of escaping or a way of transporting illegal products.  The next clip is of a piece of parchment which has close-up photos of five men in black and white. The camera zooms in slightly on the men and then cuts to another angle . As this is happening the sentence 'The Peak Blinders' is scrawled in the parchment; the camera also follows the movement of the writing from left to right. This piece of parchment may be information that the police have on these people who have named themselves 'The Peaky Blinders' or may be from some sort of book/ rota  that the gang has to keep track on different people within the gang. When the camera cuts, four of the men become unfocused while the man in the middle stays sharp which suggests that he may be the leader or main character.  Then there are clips of the camera panning across newspapers that have headlines such as 'Who is the leader of the Peaky Blinders?' Then cutting further down the page to a close-up of a man's face who is wearing a cap. He is looking down so that only the bottom half of his face can be seen. The fact that this gang has reached the headlines of these newspapers suggests that the society they live in feel very threatened by them which emphasises their power.  Next there is an establishing shot of a construction site which is layered over a close-up of another piece of parchment with writing being scrawled on it. About a second later, another layer is introduced at the right side of the screen with a flash of light, revealing the silhouette of a close-up side profile of a man wearing a cap and smoking a cigarette. The flash of light was a result of the man striking a match in order to light his cigarette.  Then there is a change in the  colour  scheme as the sequence is no longer just in black and white and the murky, cream  colour  of the parchment. This is started with a close-up of a hand holding a lit match which (in slow motion) is being lowered towards a flat surface which is covered in some sort of flammable liquid because as soon as the flame touches it, the flames engulf the whole surface. At the same time, the silhouette of the close-up of the side of a man's face slowly fades into view at the right of the screen. ​ The sequence continues, where either the layer or main picture are in  colour  and then the other is in black and white. For example, there is a shot where the actor name 'Cillian Murphy' appears on the screen in capital, white, serif letters at the bottom right hand of the screen. The main clip is of a man in a suit and black coat, wearing a cap; he is also smoking a cigarette. The clip is in black and white. At the same time, there is a scene playing where you can see fire, a group of people; this clip is in  colour . There is one man than is standing still facing away from the camera, and another coming out from behind something which is mostly a tree and seems to be approaching the other man. It is also evident that this clip has been filmed in a more rural area compared to the clip in black and white . This scene in the rural area is edited so that it is layered over part of the man in black and white. Therefore suggesting that there is a connection between him and what's happening in the rural scene. It may be that the man who is standing still is him and the man walking up behind could either be a threat or an accomplice as he does not know that he is approaching and he seems to have some sort of weapon. ​​ This type of editing where black and white clips and  coloured  clips are layered continues. It is especially effective when introducing different actors as it gives the audience a little bit of information about the characters and their importance. For example, there is a  close-up shot of the side of a woman's face who is wearing a hat. The background is a bright white which suggests that this character is innocent. Layered over the silhouette of the woman's face, there is a mid-shot of a woman with strawberry blonde hair turning away from the camera. There is a clear image of her face which accentuates her beauty. On one hand this lady could be an ally that one of the main characters care for or she could be a femme fatale who is trying to bring down the gang. ​​ The layering comes to an end when there is as close-up of a man smoking and seems to be watching a fire burn which is evident due to the smoke being lit up by an orange  colour . However, the man's face cannot be seen as it is hidden in the shadows. Furthermore, the name of the theme song  'Red Right Hand' appears in white, bold, serif font which  synchronises  with the theme song when Nick Cave sings the phrase 'Red right hand'. The phrase 'red right hand' could be a metaphor which  symbolises  someone's hand being covered in blood. This suits the theme of Peaky Blinders as it is about a gang who kill people, meaning they get a lot of blood on their hands. ​​ The sequence ends in black in white with a filter that is similar to the  colour  of the parchment used at the beginning of the sequence. In this section, there is a man in a suit who is walking out of a building (the camera follows him as he walks) with his back facing to the camera. While he's walking, another man walks past him, smiling at him and patting his shoulder which suggests that this man is respected. As the man reaches the door, he puts his cap on his head and disappears as the white light becomes so bright that it makes the black silhouette of the man disappear. ​

Doctor Who:

Doctor Who An eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord zips through time and space to solve problems and battle injustice across the universe. He/she often has a companion from Earth who joins him/her on these adventures.   The sequence opens with the well known, orchestral Doctor Who theme music . The music was originally written in 1963 by Ron Grainer when the original series started. Then for the new, more recent series, the them tune was made by Segun Akinola which pays tribute to the original. Throughout the new series, the theme tune has been developed so that it sounds more alien like or it has been adapted for certain special episodes. For example, in one of the 12th Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) episodes, he plays an electric guitar which was then incorporated into the theme tune. Each Doctor Who episode doesn’t start with the opening sequence; instead, part of the episode is played and then there is some sort of cliff hanger which then cuts to the opening to be played.  With each new Doctor, the opening as well as the actor always change and then that new opening sequence stays the same throughout all the series that actor remains the doctor.  The first shot is an animated close up of lots of different sized, spinning, brass coloured cogs overlapping each other while the camera moves forward through them. Cogs are used a lot inside working machinery and is often associated with the inside of a clock thus creating the feeling that the audience is travelling through time. Conversely, the cogs may be used to symbolise the working of the inside of the TARDIS or emphasise that it is capable of  travelling through time.  Then, in the distance, a light appears from the middle of all the cogs. The light then expands by spiraling outward and filling up the whole screen; pushing the cogs out of shot. What emerges is a white spiral with black Roman Numerals painted into it and different sort of alien symbols engraved into it. The roman numerals go up to the number 12 and roman numerals are often used on clocks which emphasises the theme of travelling through time. Furthermore this opening sequence was used during the 12th doctor's era which could mean that a 12 hour clock was used to contrast with the welcoming of the 12th doctor. The spiral also reflects the light which has an orangey glow.  ​ Next, the orange light is pulled in to the middle of the spiral. Once all the light reaches the center, the Tardis bursts into the view of the audience. Special effects are used to create two ripples that blasts out from the TARDIS is it rapidly starts to move towards the front of the shot from a long shot to a  close up . The orange light has now vanished and the spirals are now a shiny white. The TARDIS is always spinning as  it moves which suggests that the TARDIS is slightly difficult to control and maneuver which some fans of the show may already know as  the TARDIS can be controlled by one person but has to be flown by at least six people in order to use it properly. When the text appears, the spiral begins to expand and separate which gives way to showing outer space. Galaxy  colours  such as blues, pinks and purples  are used which paints the  colour  of the space atmosphere which is a dark black . The camera still follows the center of the spiral and as this is happening clouds, stars and planets rush past coming in and out of shot. There are black rings and dots that circulate along with planets that fly by which creates a representation of the solar system and different constellations. By doing this we see how the TARDIS is not just a time machine as it can also travel through space. During this time another name (Jenna Coleman) appears and disappears in the same way that Peter Capaldi did. The spiral soon comes to an end and disappears and the text after soon disappears too. At this point most of the rings and planets have gone past and in the clouds an extreme close up of the 12th Doctor's face appears. His face then fades out and then some circles appear which have a bright blue glow and are similar to the black circles and dots that had appeared previously. Then from the center of the circles blue waves that look like auroras. From the center of  the first blue wave, the title DOCTOR WHO appears along with a flash of light similar to the light that flashed when the TARDIS disappeared. DOCTOR WHO has a slightly serif font and is a shiny silver which illuminates (like the actor names) with a ball of light which this time is slightly more visible as it passes along the bottom of the title , The BBC title also appears underneath in the same colour . After a second, the title flashes forward and disappears so that we can see planets, circles, dots and some starts spinning again with a slight silhouette of a huge cog. The TARDIS then spins back into frame by appearing from the center and then spins off to the left side of the screen.   In this sequence, the TARDIS moves from one spiral on the  left to a similar spiral on the right which accentuates how the TARDIS can travel into different timelines. It then speeds up and zooms towards the center of the right spiral and disappears in a flash of white light.  The light is quickly replaced with the name  Peter Capaldi who is the 12th doctor. The text is in bold, silver, sans serif, capital letters . A light flashes across the letters which causes them to  illuminate which suggests that this person plays an important character. The text starts off further away and then becomes larger as it moves closer; before it can take up the whole screen the text fades .

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