Telling stories with pictures :The Kingdom

Last night I settled down with the wife and a bottle of wine to watch a film. Finding a film we will both sit through is tricky – men from mars, women from venus stuff you know. But we decided on The Kingdom.

Not a bad film but what really lifted it for both of us was the title sequence. A potted history of the relationship between America, Saudi Arabia and oil.

Click this to take you to a movie of the title sequence

It was commented on at the time. One blogger described it as “presenting a heroic amount of backstory.” Which it certainly does and in some style. It’s brilliant.

Made by the PIC design agency, it shows how compelling good motion graphics can be. Just imagine that concept with interactivity – thats what digital storytelling could be about.

UPDATE: And in similar style but a little more, shall we say, authored…

2 Replies to “Telling stories with pictures :The Kingdom”

  1. Both ‘presentations’ are very clever abbreviations … though it does seem a little incongruous that the makers of The Kingdom would go to such lengths to provide a historical ‘background’ for what boils down to a completely infeasible flight of fanciful fiction.

    Still … that opening sequence made the experience worthwhile.

  2. Mr Person 🙂

    It seems that the part of the reason they did it was that a lot of the background was orginally written and shot for a scene as they flew to Saudi – in flight exposition. But pacing wise it slowed things down.

    You’re right, it does seem like overkill given the nature of the film but you could say, fair play for keeping it in at all. Perhaps that makes it a half-brained actioner rather than a no-brainer.

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