Textual analysis of true blood (title sequence) By Kevin Bello
Looking throw the first four sequences, you get a feel of the setting (in terms of location). From what one can deduce, the show is set in Louisiana, from the images of the bayou, being transitioned into images of modern day civilization
There is a reoccurring theme of images of what is good transitioned over what is perceived to be bad. • Most often you get images of religious church services and other paraphernalia (thing like, or associated with or used by it), going to show: • a deep belief in God, within the town • a deep sense of morality. • cravings for salvation from the unknown/ known. • The images of “sin” also go to show the towns evils and vices. Depicting a dark side as you will, to a seemingly “godly” town.
The image in the middle “GOD HATES FANGS” is the only image in the title sequence that acknowledges the presence of vampires in the show. It also links the various images of church deliverance service, with it being that vampires are seen as demons, by the average Joe making it that the pastors are trying to exorcise these demons (as you will). • These images of predators are used to depict the primal nature of a vampire. • To the lame man, these images may go to describe a dark force set on devouring (with reference to the picture at the bottom right) the town in question. • The toothless alligator head goes to show that all predators eventually die, and also gives us a sneak peak into the voodoo nature of the people of Louisiana. • The image of a moth coming out of a cocoon represents: • a new world order where vampires live amongst humans • the evolutionary difference between vampires and humans.
These images of figures of discrimination are scattered around the title sequence, which in the mind of anyone who hasn't watched the program may lead them to think that the town has a proud history of white supremacy and discrimination not just only of race but of gender (looking at the image on the top left). This mentality seems to evolve, as the images in the middle of the page go hand in hand to show the transition of a little boy raised with this mind set, who is now a man, showing such hate never dies but is cultured. Looking at the theme of the show, this can also be directed to the hate (which is usually fear reinforced as anger) shown to the vampire race by the human race.
The music used in this theme is a song written and performed by • JACE EVERETT • Titled – BAD THINGS (club mix) • This song adds a cretin darkness to the title sequence, when combined with the visual it, creates a picture of the blurred lines humans face between morality and sin. In a way (using background knowledge from the show) the song reveals to us (the audience) that the allure posed by vampires is quite intoxicating.
Here’s a link to the title sequence just so you can get a feel of what I'm talking about, and if you spot something I missed don't be afraid to tell me, I wont bite... LOL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rot-cyyDYZs