December 20, 2014

how to make an intro
If you have a production company or youtube channel you’ll probably want an intro, so this week I’m sharing the four things that make up a good intro.

Your intro is the first impression of your YouTube channel or production company. People will see it before you’re video, and possibly hundreds of times if they watch a lot of your stuff. So it’s worth spending some time getting it right. So many people either have very amateur-looking intros, or generic unrelated intros that they downloaded from a template website…

So in for this week’s video I’ve come up with four principles of a great intro:






Check out this week’s DSLR guide!

Below are some big budget production company intros. Note the use of sound, and how they relate in some way to the company name or style.

This next one isn’t from a movie studio, but I think it’s perfect – it looks great, and has a ‘papery’ theme which relates to the ideas of story and writing. Great use of sound of course! Starting at 0:20.

This video has a brilliant live action title sequence, skip to 0:23 seconds.

This tutorial from Andrew Price serves as a great introduction to blender, of course you won’t want to copy his intro completely, but it should give you the tools to then make your own. Plus, at 4:40, there’s another example of an amazing intro.

Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • C.J.

    Love it! I am in South Africa and have been following you for a long time. Love your videos.

    • thanks C.J!

      • Joey Margolis

        Hey Simon.
        First of all, I love your show. Second of all, it has inspired me to create my own channel on filmmaking. I just need an intro and so thank you for posting all this and I hope I ca keep up with all of the tips/suggestions. Thanks

  • I like the extra info in your blog, it makes me come to the website and read up on some of the articles you recommend.

    • that’s awesome to hear, I’m glad you find it useful:)

  • thanks for all the advice

  • thanks for the help

  • Rithvik Iruganti

    how did you make that two dice intro
    I need a video on it

  • abid mehmood

    i want to make a intro of university documentary what can i do in this regards please help me

  • Kenly Silvan

    Thank you Simon ! I ve been following all your tutorials , you are to the point and clear . Thank you so much !