Laurent Brett interview
"The arrival of After Effects has democratized special effects and the creation of motion graphics. And it was also responsible for the revival of the film title sequence."
-- Laurent Brett
Not only is he the most productive title designer working in France today, Laurent Brett is also the only designer we ever met, or know of, who has had a puppet made of himself. As a designer, he's proven to be somewhat of a chameleon, able to master any style and technique -- from full CG for Hollywood blockbusters to live action VFX for indie French films.
Laurent Brett talks about his Main Titles, from the elaborate 3D sequence he did for Hostage to the cutesy live action Main Titles for French short Jeanine and other works. His graphic design heroes are Peter Saville and Vaughan Oliver - both prominent designers in the 1980s and 1990s, whose works (record sleeve designs) have had a big impact on graphic and motion design. A favorite part is when Laurent references the Main Titles done by Jean Fouchet and Michel Saignes in the 1960s and 1970s for French comedy's - unbelievably experimental and psychedelic title sequences.
This video interview was first published as part of the Watch the Titles 2 DVD set, which also contains Laurent's Main Titles for the Saul Bass and Maurice Binder-inspired OSS 117: Le Caire, Les Chevaliers du Ciel and L'Ennemi Intime. We filmed the interview in his office in Studio Sabotage in Paris' 10th district, also known as the film district. See also our interviews with Parisian title designers Kook Ewo and Olivier Marquezy of Studio Deubal.
Laurent Brett mentions Michel Saignes title sequence for L'Aile ou la Cuisse, which we featured as part of our French Fridays themed series.
About Laurent Brett
Laurent Brett is a motion graphic designer from Paris, France who has a huge passion for creating film titles. His knowledge of French title design of the past 50 years is impressive. Brett studied two years at a school for communication, which sparked his interest in video editing. He gradually rolled into the motion design business in the 1990's, working as a post-production supervisor, editor and motion graphic designer on music videos and commercials. For several years now, Brett’s primary focus is designing Main Titles for film and TV - ranging from simple "font work" to elaborate creative title sequences. He works a lot and usually on several projects at the same time.
Laurent Brett had an office at the Sabotage studios in Paris, France, where we visited him in 2010 for a video interview. September 2013, Laurent will leave Sabotage to found his own studio Brett & Compagnie.