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Hour 8. Tackling Text: Using the Title D... > Using Supers to Help Tell Your Story

Using Supers to Help Tell Your Story

Consider this opening sequence. A telephoto shot of scorched desert sand with rippling heat distorting the scene. Dry, desiccated, lifeless sagebrush. A lizard slowly seeking shade beneath a small stone. And a small plume of dust in the distance. Attention-getting stuff.

Now a narrator intones, “The summer heat beats down on the Bonneville Salt Flats.” Effective. But what might work better is a super (onscreen text). Something such as “Bonneville Salt Flats.” Then, as the plume of dust moves toward the camera, add another super: “Speed Trials—Summer 2002.” Then a rocket-shaped vehicle screams through the scene.


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