The font that is used for the title of a film or for the entire title sequence itself, plays a large role in the overall representation of the film sinse the font should relate to the films subject/genre , whilst also relating to its target audience; this is attended to be put across through the font style alone.
There are basically two types of font:
Serif Fonts - such as Times and Courier
Serif fonts are generally more traditional and often slightly more formal than sans serif fonts.
Serif fonts are usually seen within books and newspapers.
(A serif is the extra little detail at the end of each stroke of every letter, this is circled below).
Sans Serif Fonts - such as Ariel and Helvetica
Sans Serif fonts are generally seen as more modern and informal, in addition, sans serif fonts are seen as more 'friendly', this is because of their bold, soft and rounded appearance.
Sans Serif fonts are typically used within magazines, comics etc.
Font Analysis of Pearl Harbor:
The title, 'Pearl Harbor', has been written in the serif font, Palatino, which instantly leads the audience to beleive that the film will be serious and more formal than informal.
In addition, the wording itself has been written entirely in higher case letters which, aswell as the font style, signifies the importance and magnitude of the film and also represents the importance of the characters we can see in the image.
The picture itself shows high ranked officers; this we can tell because of the medals worn on thier uniforms, in addition, the characters are assembled in line with one another, therefore, the way in which the title has been written, relates perfectly to the imagery since the lettering in the title is all lined up next to eachother and written in capitals, this has strong connotations of the army because of the ordering, regementation and lined up assembling which the army is ment to have.