The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Opening Credits

The opening sequence for David Fincher's version of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," created by Venice, Calif.-based Blur Studio is a mix of live animation with abstract imagery and visual metaphor, all set to the haunting sound of Karen O and Trent Reznor's cover of "Immigrant Song."

Conceptualized by Blur CD Tim Miller and Fincher, the brief was to simply make a title sequence that dashed all expectations of what any opening credits should look like. The story of the trilogy is told in the two-and-a-half minute sequence, through imagery from the books, such as a tattoo, a pressed flower, a wasp and things bursting into flame. The sequence was shot through 26 different vignettes, each telling a separate story, which were then shuffled and played out in a non-linear way.
Built in CG with a multitude of different angles, the sequence also uses scans of the actors in the movie. Finally, black ooze was placed into every scene, unifying the sequence.


Besides being the director of some iconic films, Fincher is also behind some fantastic opening title sequences including Se7en, Fight Club, and Panic Room. I love a good opening title sequence

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