An opening title sequence for the movie ‘The Outsiders.’ For my Communication: Time, Motion, Media class.
The Outsiders is written from a fourteen year old boy’s perspective, Ponyboy, who lives in a cruel world that only knows black from white and fails to see the beauty of the world. Ponyboy, on the other hand, has this childlike innocence and never fails to truly appreciate the beauty in life—like the sunset. I began my video taking process by walking around the downtown Toronto area that I live in and captured footage of what I thought, was natural, under appreciated beauty and imagery that I strongly associate the movie with—such as flowers, railroad tracks and my Converse shoes. I also utilized some footage that I have taken over the summer in my own backyard and in California.
I edited the footage of this title sequence from the perspective of Ponyboy and his innocence. The accented colours in the footage resemble the beauty that he sees, surrounded by the cruel, black and white world he lives in. The book is written from Ponyboy’s perspective and is actually a paper he writes about his life, hence the credits looking like they are hand written. The crumpled piece of paper has the poem ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ written on it. This is truly symbolic, as Ponyboy spends the entire novel trying to really discover what it means. He finally understands when he reads a letter from his late friend, Johnny, explaining it to him. Even as Ponyboy loses his innocence, he still never fails to see the beauty in life. I found that my passion and connection to this novel and movie has driven me and helped execute the final product.
All footage was shot by myself with my Canon 5D Mark III and edited with Adobe After Effects CC.
All audio credit goes to their rightful owners:
Train sound effect: youtube.com/watch?v=ddwO1sVbCCU
Sunrise – Stay Gold [Instrumental]: Carmine Coppola