Noteworthy Picks For Creative Use of Motion Graphics

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Motion Graphics and Visual FX are rapidly growing branches of filmmaking, and are highly transferable skills across various digital arts. Seattle Film Institute's Motion Graphics and visual FX MFA concentration teaches students hands on uses for these skills, as well as the business skills needed to put these skills into action as well. We polled our community about some of their favorite examples of motion graphics in television and film. Here’s what they had to say:


Nothing sets the scene for a night of Netflix like a the introduction to your favorite show. Here are some of our top picks for motion graphics introductions for television series:

BBC’s Sherlock Series, for their creative integration of text and imagery and of course, dramatic theme music

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<p><a href="">Sherlock - Season 3 in-show graphics</a> from <a href="">Peter Anderson Studio</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Rubicon Main titles, for creating an enticing and suspenseful introduction out of barcodes and dollar bills.   

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<p><a href="">Rubicon Main Titles</a> from <a href="">Jeremy Cox</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Nat Geo Ancient Series, for creating a realistic image of the ancient world through attractive visuals in just 20 seconds.

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<p><a href="">NATGEO - &quot;ANCIENT SECRETS&quot; - COMPLETE PACKAGE</a> from <a href="">LUMBRE</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>


Whether you’re finding your seat in the theatre, fresh popcorn in hand, or settling in for a night in your home movie theatre, there are many notable film motion graphics film introductions as well. Some of our picks include:

Catch Me If You Can (2002), for using the introduction to tell its own story in the first few minutes of the film

Juno (2007), for creative integration of video footage and motion graphics

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), for turning a shot of trickling ink into an action packed introduction

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), for taking viewers on a mission impossible adventure before the film even starts

Vintage Picks:

If you’re a true film fanatic, you probably know and love these movie sequences from the early days of motion graphics. Some noteworthy uses of motion graphics include:

Psycho (1960), for their use of motion graphics five decades ago that still sets the scene for the epic horror film.

North By Northwest (1959), for another great use of early motion graphics

Star Wars (1977), Perhaps one of the most iconic uses of motion graphics of all time, this classic film deserves a spot on this list.

To learn more about Seattle Film Institute and our motion graphics and visual effects program, visit our website today!