The font I ended up using for the title of my film was the one I was leaning towards when I did my logo font brainstorming:
This font, called ‘Amateur Slash’ embodies the disordered feel of my film perfectly and has the look of being “split”, making it a fitting choice. It is bold, eye-catching and really looks like it could be a real film logo. Between these two versions, the second one is the one I prefer because the split lines look more aesthetically pleasing to me in that. So this was the variation of the font I decided to work with.
To design the title sequence of my film, I used Adobe Photoshop CS6 to create the background:
I created a fading effect from red to blue using the gradation tool because these colors represent the two major color schemes used in my film. Cool colors are used for the bedroom scenes and warm colors are used for the living room scenes, so I thought that this would be fitting. I spent a lot of time trying to find the right shades of red and blue. I wanted them to have a dark tint, because otherwise they look too happy and chipper. This would give audiences the wrong idea about the genre of my film.
Then, using the ‘Amateur Slash’ font which I downloaded and installed in Final Cut Pro X, I started work on the lettering. I made the letters 3D and added a shadow as this made the letters appear more dynamic. They really seem to pop off the screen. The color I chose was grey because grey looks the best against the red-blue backdrop. It is a neutral color that helps bring out the serious side of the film. I considered black (because black also works against the backdrop), but in this particular context, if I used black the shadows couldn’t be seen clearly, so I settled on grey.
The text effect I used was called “Text Spacing”. With this effect the letters appeared to come from the sides and join together at the center, but what I really wanted was them to start from the center and split to the sides. So I adjusted the settings for the fade in, fade out and spacing to achieve the look I wanted.
So now, the letters start from a small clump and quickly fall into position before splitting off to the sides. This effect seemed like the right choice because the “splitting” of the letters aptly relates to the title “Split”.
After this, I added the line “A film by Kavya Maran” using the same font. I didn’t change the font for any of the other text that appears in both the beginning and during the end credits because it would look jarring. The same font being used lends a sense of continuity. I used black for this because the lettering is not in 3D and there is no shadow to be seen. The black lettering differentiates this text from the title, but not in a manner that is jarring because the colors are all in the same family still. I used the “Fade in” text effect for this so that the transition wouldn’t be abrupt. When this line appears on the screen the sound of feet hitting the cupboard can be heart softly and it grows louder and louder. This sound is intriguing for audiences, and will provide a smooth transition into the film.
At the end of the film, I added:
The “Starring” credits roll up the screen, following the conventions of film credits. For the entire duration of the end credits the audio of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” sung by the young girl in the film plays over the text. This gives the film a haunting ending, taking the audience back into Anamika’s mind. Using any other audio/song would have felt out of place here.