From Spike Lee's MasterClass

Opening Title Sequences

Analyzing opening title sequences from Mo’ Better Blues, 25th Hour, and BlacKkKlansman, Spike teaches the art of establishing tone in the first few minutes of your film.

Topics include: Score and Style: Mo’ Better Blues • Setting the Vibe: 25th Hour • Period Made Contemporary: BlacKkKlansman

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Analyzing opening title sequences from Mo’ Better Blues, 25th Hour, and BlacKkKlansman, Spike teaches the art of establishing tone in the first few minutes of your film.

Topics include: Score and Style: Mo’ Better Blues • Setting the Vibe: 25th Hour • Period Made Contemporary: BlacKkKlansman

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Comments

Deborah R.

Hands down it is ABSOLUTELY critical that the openning of a film should establish the mood and personality of the film. I can usually 'feel" what a movie is about in the first 5 seconds if done well. So glad that Spike shows great examples of how this works.

Michael U.

The revelation of how Spike Lee felt the first time he saw "Gone with the Wind" is powerful.

Jim S.

As a screenwriter I have written one screenplay with a scene intended as an opening title sequence. It was inspired by the opening of "The Replacement Killers" with Chow Yun-Fat. Even though my screenplay is a different kind of story, I just loved everything about it.

Michael O.

Focusing on title sequence is not something I've put much energy, thought into. Spike makes a clear and urgent case here, the first impression is so important. Actually makes sense to integrate opening title in the story building process. This is a revelation. Thank you.

Bob Z.

I’ve always liked a good title opening. So many movies show the credits after the movie, when people are leaving. Are the studios just cheap? No imagination like a lot of the movies that are being made? Thanks Spike

Eduardo

I've already said it in another lesson, but I need to repeat it: the passion and enthusiasm with which Spike Lee talks about cinema and his work is amazing. Great lesson. Great Masterclass.

Tino T.

I like what Shelton (Spike Lee) said, about Opening Title Sequences.. I am so against without opening Title Sequences, its what we see today a lot, the movie already begins without a real introduction. I am also a Post Credits Sequence fan :)

A fellow student

The Mo Better opening scene is probably my favorite of all time. Thanks Spike!

Franke

Fabulous. Loved hearing Spike analyze and expand on the opening title sequence.

Jaime F.

Thank you for explaining how to get the audience into the right frame of mind right from the start with the opening title credit sequence!