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Mad Money

designer: Michael Riley • studio: Shine Studio • 1 comment

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Mad Money is a crime/comedy caper about three women whose scheme to steal money from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City eventually gets them caught. For the end credit sequence, Shine's art director Michael Riley takes, or rather samples, some of the most iconic elements from US dollar bills - the decorative patterns, the symbols and portraits - and 'funkyfies' them by adopting an contrasting “mad” color scheme, which fits The Heavy's retro sounding soulful, funky score (think: Curtis Mayfield) like a glove.

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Michael Riley

Michael Riley is the creative director of Shine, a creative design studio in LA. He has been directing and designing film and television main title sequences, theatrical trailers, television commercials and corporate identity packages since 1991. He has designed main title sequences for Traitor, Signs, Mad Money, and television title sequences for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Blade: The Series, Criminal Minds, Karen Sisco, Ally McBeal, Saturday Night Live, and many more. "I was very happy to work for DreamWorks on Kung Fu Panda. Maybe Gattaca, for Andrew Niccol; Band of Brothers for Steven Spielberg; or Standoff for Fox; or 21st Century for The United Nations," Riley answered, when asked what title sequences he is most proud of.

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Michael Riley
'Colleen' by The Heavy
Callie Khouri


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10 Jul 09 • by: Wayne Coe
Brilliant. Best titles.