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Worth Your Time: The Art of the Title

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Remember when your heart sank just a little when you realized the Pink Panther movie wasn’t a cartoon?

Then, only a few years later, seeing Edward Gorey’s eerily fantastic opening to “Mystery!” capped with Vincent Price’s name on a headstone had your head spinning at the thought of the kind of stories those etchings could tell…if only the show was based on those illustrations.

Well, we want to see more of that. So watch and remember and create.

I’ve been subscribed to Art of the Title for some time now, but it wasn’t until their recent coverage of Tarsem’s The Fall that I realized just how wonderful it is. I’ve been enamored of movies’ title sequences since high school, when I saw North By Northwest for the first time. Peppering bits of their own analysis among that of the films’ directors, crew, and—hell, even the occasional typographer, The Art of the Title does a fine job of explaining just that: the delicate, thoughtful care invested in designing a movie’s opening moments.

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  1. Jon Raffe says:

    I can’t agree more with you Ethan about how cool title sequences. Personally, I’m a massive fan of all of Saul Bass’ work, but if you weren’t aware of him, Kyle Cooper has done some amazing work too. He did the credits for Se7en and I was lucky enough to interview him a while back too. It’s here if you’re interested…

    http://www.thunderchunky.co.uk/articles/talking-title-sequences-with-the-master-kyle-cooper/

    Keep up the great work, love your random links! :)

  2. The Robot says:

    Wow. Brilliant interview, Jon —thanks so much for sharing. I’d heard of Kyle Cooper before, but didn’t realize he was so prolific; did he do the opening for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as well? That’s one of my favorite movies of the past few years.

  3. Jon Raffe says:

    Really glad you liked the interview :)

    Yeah he did do that sequence. The guy now runs a company called Prologue Films, who do still do title sequences, although they also do a load of advertising stuff too. I think the role of design in general within the film industry hasn’t really been explored that much, so it’s cool to see a site which really focuses on the subject. I’m now a fellow subscriber!

    I promise I’ll stop the shameless plugging now, but I also interviewed a woman called Susan Bradley, who works at Pixar, and was previously head of title graphics at Disney, and it was really enlightening to get a glimpse into the graphics department at Pixar…

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