'The Film Before The Film' Short Examines Opening Titles, Not That Little Before-the-Movie Thing Where You Ride a CGI Roller Coaster
Originally introduced purely as a means of identifying narrative film as different and separate from one's own nightmarish visions, opening titles have since evolved to become an art form on their own, which you probably know if you've seen a few movies. With more on the subject, here's a short project looking at the history of the title sequence, focusing on its growth and recurring themes:
While title sequences should indeed be regarded as an often-artful piece of design work, if you're watching a bunch of episodes of a TV show, know that it's still fine to fast forward through the opening after the first episode or two. We don't have all day here.