Online journal Smashing Magazine has recently published an article titled "30 Unforgettable Movie Opening Sequences," and my favorite director just made the list -- with three films: Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho. Do the math and you'll see that Alfred Hitchcock's films occupy 10% of the list. Not too shabby, considering he hasn't released a film in 30 years. Of course, it's also no coincidence that mid-century master designer Saul Bass did the title graphics for these films as well. In fact, this blog post should be about Bass: his work -- along with other opening sequences that bear his unmistakable influence -- is all over that list.
Which brings me to another point. Is the era of the cool opening credits sequences over? It seems that, back in the day, filmmakers couldn't make a boring credit sequence if they tried. Now, however, unless the movie is a big-budget box office bruiser, you're likely to get just boring old CG typography. What happened to fun openings?