The following activity is for 7th and 8th-grade video production students to create a title (or intro) for their public service announcement project. All Anchorage School District students have access to Microsoft PowerPoint Online as well as the desktop version on all school computers.
Let’s take a look at the importance of titles, which Mr. Klott often refers to as “intros.”
Titles (or intros) are often artworks in themselves and may even be better than the content that follows. However, they do play a key role in terms of setting the tone of the video they precede.
It’s almost unimaginable to think of a James Bond movie without the famous title sequences, and you can probably envision all of the titles that open both classic and new TV shows.
Even the excellent Ted Talk videos have an instantly recognizable introductory sequence that draws you in and prepares you for the video to follow. Spend some time looking through the collection of title sequences from this site and consider what the sequence does as it leads into the content.
• Watch this video on the history of titles.
• Review this website and enjoy the art of the video title.
One of the most celebrated and visually beautiful title sequences belong to the movie To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s worth spending three minutes watching this classic mixture of stunning imagery, typography, and audio.
• To Kill a Mockingbird title
Finally, watch this short video where we will hear from the “Title Sequence” creators:
Step 1 – Use Microsoft PowerPoint Online (login.microsoftonline.com) to create a new intro for your public service announcement. The intro needs to be 10 seconds exactly. Pay close attention to these tutorials:
Step 2 – When you’re finished creating your PowerPoint intro, record it using QuickTime Player. Follow these steps:
QuickTime Player Screen Share Tutorial (Links to an external site.)