The composited footage of both the original film and the student protests has resulted in a pleasing beginning to the sequence. Care had to be taken not to overcomplicate the animation of the text so that the splatters and their connotative meanings would take the limelight, giving a sense of what is to follow in the film.
The preliminary concept had been changed slightly from that set out in the proposal. Originally a hectic atmosphere had been the intended effect however when it came to trying out different audio tracks ‘Like A Drug’ seemed to fit the best with the visual and also gave a feeling of a calm high, which was soon to become much more intense for the characters.
The film title sequence could have been improved if certain elements of sound could have edited more effectively. There is almost no diegetic sound in parts of the sequence which are taken from the film itself, which makes it less realistic than had been hoped. It is thought that the piece would be significantly better if the original diegetic sound and non-diegetic sound could have been separated and then layered in when appropriate. This had to be accepted with the change of soundtrack, that in itself was thought to be a good song choice. One of the downfalls of the track was the content of the lyrics which did not directly reflect the visual (comparing love to a drug, rather than singing about going crazy, partying etc). It is thought that if an instrumental track were available then this would have been more effective. Having to try and use as little of the part of the track with words may have hindered the beginning of the sequence slightly. The fact that the sequence starts with the track already halfway through, may make it seem confusing. The melody of the track was thought to be so fitting that it was kept instead of switching for another selection. The track itself is contemporary but has the feel of an older production. This is why it was selected, as it would correlate with the modern protest footage and give the film a slightly different edge to that implied by bands typically associated with recreational drug use and psychedelia. The song choice is also thought to compliment the pace of the sequence and looks and sounds especially pleasing when the film’s title appears.
The blur effect was used on the text to convey an inebriated viewpoint, which is thought to be fairly effective, however if possible a more liquified or squiggly effect would have been used to express a more hallucinogenic visual. It also would have complimented the splatters, so that the two could have appeared as part of the same liquid. When playing around with the available effects, the blur was the best option and could be identified as a smokey effect which relates to the spliff Dr Gonzo (Johnny Depp) smokes later on in the car.
In the storyboard it had been planned to incorporate the actors names into the text that appeared during the part where the boot of the car is opened. It was felt best to leave it out to avoid overcrowding of the screen and as it does not appear in the actual film it would seem to be an unnecessary inclusion.
Overall, it can be said that the title sequence has complied fairly well with its specification in that it was not set out to completely recreate the original sequence, but to bring it into the here and now and rearrange the order of the first scene to introduce the characters and their activities immediately. The target audience remains just as appropriate as it was designed.