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Synchronization and Title Sequences by Michael Betancourt

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1Introduction

Informational structures tend to dominate the analysis of title sequences—the design and aesthetics of the title cards/montage presenting the individual credits (text)—or their function as an introduction to the drama that follows (narrative). However, this focus neglects other, non-lexical aspects of these sequences, in particular the crucial role that synchronized sound and music have for the organization, identification, and interpretation of title designs. This book emerged from the same disparate historical research that informed the analysis in Semiotics and Title Sequences: Text-Image Composites in Motion Graphics whose primarily visual engagement with title sequence designs (mostly) produced for feature films and television ...

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