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(Vid) Season 8 opening credits

15th November 2007 (01:01)

I know I'm not the first to do this... but I wanted to do it differently. :-)

Here's my version of the opening credits sequence for the Season 8 comics...
Spoilers through issue 8.08.

Right-click and save (WMV, 23.2 MB)

Plus, I've succumbed to temptation and set up a YouTube account: 



Director's Commentary

This isn't the first adaptation of the Buffy credits I've created - the first was Faith the Vampire Slayer back in February. So I already had the music, knew which fonts to use for the actors' credits, and so forth, making this fairly easy to put together. The longest task was Photoshopping out all the speech bubbles from the images... My main aim was to ensure a constant sense of movement, making this seem more like a vid and less like a slide show. Obvously that meant using pan and zoom on each image, either following the natural movement of the picture or focussing in or out on a significant detail.

I used the Season 7 credits as a base - although I doubt that anyone could really tell unless they're very familiar with them :-) The clips of the actors are the same length, and I tried to match the general theme of each clip (action shot, talking shot, face close-up). This was mostly important for the two beats where there's a 'whoosh' sound on the soundtrack, which I linked to Buffywillow's magically enhanced punch and Trafalgar's magic hammer respectively.

The featured actors are Sarah, Nicholas, Eliza (taking the place of Emma), Tony (taking the place of James) and Alyson. I kept Aly as the last in the sequence (with the "And... as..." credit) because I was basing this on season 7, and because from what we've seen so far Willow has much more screentime (pagetime?) than Giles in Season 8. (Also, I suspect AH is a bigger boxoffice draw than ASH now, unlike the situation when Buffy first began).

I did consider including Satsu and Renee in the credits, but I wasn't sure which actress would play them. Any suggestions? Do they look like anyone famous?

One last note... you'll notice that the final clip of the credits sticks with tradition, in that it's a picture of a fake!Buffy standing there looking defiant. :-) In season 7 the final clip was The First, in season 6 it was the Buffybot. Here, she's the Buffy double from issue 5...) 

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Posted by: woman_of_ (woman_of_)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 02:28 (UTC)

Such a well thought out vid! Excellent.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 02:34 (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: magista (magista)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 03:07 (UTC)
Buffy licky - awmp

That was awesome!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 10:33 (UTC)

Thanks!
(*eyes your icon dubiously...*) ;-)

Posted by: lusciousxander (lusciousxander)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 07:05 (UTC)

One last note... you'll notice that the final clip of the credits sticks with tradition, in that it's a picture of a fake!Buffy standing there looking defiant. :-) In season 7 the final clip was The First, in season 6 it was the Buffybot. Here, she's the Buffy double from issue 5...)

This detail is very clever! I really like it :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 10:34 (UTC)

Thanks! There were a few clips I thought of using for the final shot, but I decided to stick with tradition in the end...

Posted by: Elena (moscow_watcher)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 10:36 (UTC)

Love it - and the last shot is truly inspired!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 16:00 (UTC)

Thanks!

(Not only inspired, but heavily Photoshopped. :-) )

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 12:22 (UTC)
S8 Buffy by dreamer1104

I know I'm not the first to do this... but I wanted to do it differently. :-)
Well I'm glad you did, because yours is definitely better! (And I don't just mean that I *like* yours better, or that it benefits from using material from the Faith-arc too - just technically it's far more impressive and looks much more like the 'real' thing. In as much as anything can of course.)

The featured actors are Sarah
And that is where my major disagreement pops up (seriously, I kinda sporfled when I saw the name next to the image of comic!Buffy), but since no one knows *who* plays comic!Buffy I guess I'll have to let it slide...

you'll notice that the final clip of the credits sticks with tradition, in that it's a picture of a fake!Buffy standing there looking defiant. :-)
I noticed, and I liked very much! *applauds*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 16:05 (UTC)

*Preens*
I did actually first write "I wanted to do it better" rather than "do it differently" in my post, but then decided to err on the side of modesty. :-)

seriously, I kinda sporfled when I saw the name next to the image of comic!Buffy
:-)
I can believe it... But I wasn't sure what else to do, unless I just put the characters' names rather than the actors in the credits?

I noticed
Before reading my notes? That's impressive! :-)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 16:32 (UTC)
OTP of evil by buttersideup

But I wasn't sure what else to do, unless I just put the characters' names rather than the actors in the credits?
Oh I can definitely appreciate the problem!

Before reading my notes? That's impressive! :-)
I think we've discussed 'Buffy not being Buffy' often enough to notice such things automatically. *g*

Anyway, congratulations on a job well done. (Now I just wish I *liked* the darn comics...)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 12:51 (UTC)

Great work as always - and using a Fake!Buffy at the end was, of course, just the sort of attention to detail I expect from your stuff. Though I'm a bit with elisi; using the actors' names does seem a bit funny since the actors actually aren't even remotely involved with it (and can't even recognize themselves in the comics, haha).

That said,
I did consider including Satsu and Renee in the credits, but I wasn't sure which actress would play them. Any suggestions?
Well, given their status as maybe-girlfriends, they wouldn't be regulars yet anyway (and Satsu wouldn't be one at all until the episode she was killed in). But wouldn't Devon Aoki (of Sin City and D.E.B.S. fame) make a fun Satsu?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 16:25 (UTC)

Thanks! As I just said to elisi, the other option might be to just use the character names in the credits rather than actors...

given their status as maybe-girlfriends, they wouldn't be regulars yet anyway

Probably not... if only because that would be too much of a clue to the audience that they were going to be a major part of the series. :-) Though they might qualify on the grounds of being "the new Slayers with recognisable faces and personalities" rather than as quasi-girlfriends?

(Trivia - both Renee and Satsu have appeared in 4 issues so far. Xander, Dawn and Willow have all been in 5, Giles in 6. Buffy has been in 7 of 8.)

Devon Aoki didn't immediately remind me of Satsu, other than her being Japanese[-American]. Heck, according to some of the pictures Satsu is no taller than Buffy... But since I know almost nothing about current actors and what they look like (since I rarely watch TV or films) I'm in your hands...

Posted by: idiotnighthawk (idiotnighthawk)
Posted at: 15th November 2007 19:46 (UTC)

My first reaction was Devon Aoki, also. Misaki Ito wouldn't be bad.

Yukie Nakama would work, too.

But Devon Aoki would probably be the easiest to crib footage for in credits, from "Sin City", "DOA", or "D.E.B.S."

I got nuthin' for Renee yet, but I like Lauren Cohan if anybody wants to cast Genevieve.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th November 2007 00:54 (UTC)

Thanks for the input - I've made a poll to see what people think...

Posted by: lilred26x (lilred26x)
Posted at: 19th November 2007 03:11 (UTC)

I enjoyed your opening credits, particularly with the director's commentary. I never noticed that the last scenes in the credits of S6 and S7 were not actually of Buffy. Very nice attention to detail! Now I've got a good excuse to go back and rewatch my dvds. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th November 2007 19:39 (UTC)

Thanks! And any excuse to re-watch Buffy is a good one. :-)

Posted by: most excellently twisted (fanbot)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 17:10 (UTC)

Awesome!

Posted by: softlikebutter (softlikebutter)
Posted at: 3rd May 2008 18:35 (UTC)

Very nice, awesome job done!

And I'm not sure whether I should be saying this because it will only accentuate my geekiness, but I did recognize the fake-buffy final shot thing you had going on there. A slight 'no shit!' moment, really. Lol.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 3rd May 2008 20:53 (UTC)

it will only accentuate my geekiness
You recognised it. I was the one who put it in there in the first place. I think you win. :-)

Thanks!

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