MOVIE TITLE TECHNIQUES
From signs to finger paints, imagination pays off
TITLES for home movies can be made using techniques shown in Make Your Own Title Slides, appearing on page 66 of this issue. Besides employing these methods you can buy one of the many movie-title outfits available through your local photographic supply dealer, or you can make a simple fixed-focus frame. The size of your frame will depend upon the lens and supplementary lens you will use on your camera. Use the crossed-yardstick method explained in the slide-title article for determining the correct frame size. Regardless of the method used, always remember to keep the lens aimed at the center of your title and make sure the title is ¡large enough to fill the film frame. Mount the camera on a tripod to prevent jumping titles.
What about lettering? Stick-on plastic letters can be carried for use “on location.” They can be applied to a pane of glass, which you can carry with you and set up before a natural ¡background. Such titles will tie in your words with the subject you have photographed. Or the letters can be used on a car window if you’d rather not cart a pane of glass along.
Finger painting may be done directly on a window pane. The average-size window will fill a movie frame at minimum focusing distance. Use thick paints to prevent running. For good separation, paint on the outside of the window, if possible, and use daylight as your source of illumination. Back the glass with white board or paper.
You can combine several techniques, such as a finger paint and cutouts or plastic letters. Also try shooting the various signs that appear during a trip. Imagination counts more than ability in making titles and an interesting title, while not perfectly done, will create interest. A good introduction to your films will make your audience await i your projected efforts with anticipation.