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Using the website ‘Dafont’ we selected some of our favourite typography styles for our film’s opening sequence. Each style was carefully selected on the basis of a deeper connotation in relation to our narrative, in hope of raising enigmas within the audience to gain their attention and interest in our film from the very start. (http://www.dafont.com/)


We chose this style because it is bold and the shadowing around each letter we felt connoted a hidden secret in our narrative – Leah’s secret pregnancy and hidden domestic abuse. Its simplicity is typical of British social realism as it looks bland and dull which reflects Leah’s life as she is living in poverty. It also lacks glamour, like the working class characters in our film and the lifestyles in which they lead. The actual typography seems empty, connoting that our characters are not fulfilled in life.

We also selected this style, its similar to the style above, however, we felt it made more of a statement as it’s more bold and sharp, connoting that the characters in our narrative are leading a life full of hardship. The shadowing within the letters are almost parallel to the construction of a maze as they look like different paths/routes within a set space, just like a maze.


The colour within the letters is very dark and seems rushed and unfinished, leading to the connotation that our characters don’t have a peaceful life but instead live a rough life. The scribbling within the letters creates confusion, similar to a maze that creates this and disorientation. Scribbling is also associated with youth, like graffiti therefore the audience would automatically think the characters in our narrative are of their age group (16-24). However, this style would still appeal more to children younger than our specified target audience, maybe children aged 5-12, because it seems more conventional of a comic.

We chose this style because we thought the use of multiple lines represented a maze, in the sense that it provided different routes but always a dead end – when Leah tries to escape her abusive relationship, gets to the train station but her boyfriend finds her. But, the slant in the typography connoted that our characters are living a fast life and we didn’t want to portray this to our audience, as this would be misleading as a fast life is associated with glamour.


FINAL CHOICE OF FONT/STYLE

The gaps in the letters are almost in sync with the gap in the next letter, signifying the audience are on a journey with Leah in our restricted narrative. The non-continuous lines in this style indicates that even if you feel trapped in a maze there’s always a way out – after numerous attempts to escape Leah eventually finds a way out of her abusive relationship for the protection of her unborn child. (http://lorellethompson.blogspot.co.uk/2 013/03/whole-film-narrative.html)

 After much discussion, thought and debate my partner and I decided to use the style above for our title and the rest of the graphics in our British social realist film. This is because it strongly signified elements of our narrative and created enigmas within the audience. We used a screen grab from another British social realist film to gain a better idea of how our title would look on an image.

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