The Tell-Tale Heart
Title Sequence

The Tell-Tale Heart is a classic short story by the late Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. It follows an unnamed narrator who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a "vulture eye". The murder is carefully calculated, and the murderer hides the body by cutting it into pieces and hiding it under the floorboards. When the police arrive and suspect no wrongdoing, the narrator admits to the murder after hearing the thumping of a heartbeat coming from beneath the floorboards.

 

Project: Create a 45 to 90–second opening title for a classic story adapted for the screen.

Timeframe: 2 Weeks

Instructor: Matthew Mulder

The Team: Individual

 
 

a contemporary take on an old classic

I chose to take a contemporary route to depict the themes of Poe’s classic short story. My interpretation of The Tell-Tale Heart focused on the narrators deteriorating mental state, as well as their need to justify their actions and convince the reader, as well as themselves, that they were sane.

I wanted my title sequence to feel psychological — as if the viewer is diving into the depths of the mind, and I accomplished this through the imagery and composition. I composited footage of brain scans, old cgi renders, rorschach renders, and more to build my title sequence. Centering the elements makes the viewer feel like they are gazing inwards into someones mind, while the hectic visuals surrounding help throw the viewer off-guard and adds to their immersion.