Glitching and hacking animations/title sequences research

With both of my previous versions of my end credit titles been shot down and having to change it yet again and listening to what my director wants as the end credit titles as a sort of glitching of the screen. I decided to research scenes that show glitching to screens or a type of hacking typefaces changing to the people’s names to be credited.

The glitch effect can be described as a sudden or temporary malfunction in equipment making it unusable for a brief time. We witness these glitch effects and sudden distortion to the screen.

The first kind of screen glitching I came across was the really awesome TV series ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ title sequence.

I really like the how they have many shades of red and all kind of blocky but you can easily through it to see outlines of the actors faces. Not the kind of glitching effect I am looking for but something to keep in mind and looks really awesome.

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The next glitching effect I came across was ‘Humans’, 

Where their glitching effects are very subtle and not very noticeable which I really like as it is not trying to draw too much attention to the glitches but they are subtly there and have to notice them. This in turn is almost telling you about the TV show that the robots in them are not perfect and have glitches in them.

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What I most like about how Humans has used the glitch effect is that it is really subtle and it’s only on for a split second. It only distorts the footage briefly but it is a really nice effect and its not trying to draw too much attention to it.


The next glitch effect that I came across was another television programme’s title sequence called ‘Person of Interest’ 

The glitch effect in this is much more noticeable and lasts almost the same time as the glitch effect in Humans.

Personally it much more to a modern time glitching as you have almost a TV screen glitch and that it has elements of the TV colour bar screen.

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Personally again I like how subtle it is as its only on for a brief second but in away it’s a bit too glitchy personally as its using very bright and contrasting colours and almost a TV screen glitch.


The last kind of glitching effect I came across was a title sequence that someone made for the game called ‘Watch Dogs’

Personally, I don’t really like how its just zig zag lines in these examples :

Zig Zaggy glitchy lines
Zig Zaggy glitchy lines
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It does not really do much and looks a bit faked which I don’t really like that much. However, at the end I do like how they created the logo and that glitches much differently to the zig zaggy lines.

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Overall, I am thinking towards the idea of having the glitch effect but glitching over hacker text and that it unveils the name of the person and their role for the film.


hacker glitch
hacker glitch

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