I've been enjoying The Americans, a show about Russian sleeper spies who have infiltrated suburban American life in the 1980s. Of particular interest of this blog is the title sequence that debuted preceding episode #2. There are some details that are hinted at in the sequence that makes the show work. The russian characters are likable and even people you can relate to, which adds to the tension when they match wits with the FBI and CIA. Watching the sequence helps you realize that one could just as easily been born over there than here, and that fact alone would change your life and put you on the other side of the cold war. The titles also do a good job comparing and contrasting life in both countries, each with leaders who were hell bent on conflict but whose people were just that. People. People who only want to be happy, spend time with their family and live a safe, comfortable life. The soundtrack and edit give the work a sense of tension and a frenetic undercurrent. All that in 26 seconds. Not bad.
Like any good title sequence, it's much better when studied frame by frame than in motion. It helps you appreciate the detail, and I've included some selects below. The Americans airs on FX, and stars Keri Russell and Mattthew Rhys among others. Right now, I can't seem to find who produced/designed the titles, but I'm on the hunt! Let me know if you have any tips.
The Americans Title Sequence
The Americans Full Title Sequence: