JAN DE BONT / Warner Bros. Pictures

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In 1996, Kyle Cooper created the opening sequence of Twister along with his longtime friend Garson Yu at the company R/Greenberg Associates Los Angeles. Unable to use the 3D twister elements created for the project by ILM, Cooper improvised by building a spinning rig with cotton all around it, shot practically in order to create the ‘twister effect’. The sequence opens with wispy clouds billowing past the camera. From their depths arises a series of black, bold-faced typography, introducing the film’s production company’s logos. The text is then blown away to the sound of gusting wind, to be replaced by the film’s main title, which makes its entrance as if each letter were an individual piece of debris. That title then comes closer and closer to the screen, before it too is blown away by the gusting winds. The sequence comes to a close as the scene transitions from the dark, stormy sky to a peaceful farmhouse setting.

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