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Foreign Language
Foreign Language

Foreign Language

1 Aug 12
designer: Dimitri Basilcomment

Now this is Retro with a capital 'R'. Done with an immaculate sense of styling, tongue-in-cheek, and oozing with Fun, Foreign Language is a music video by Dimitri Basil that emulates the title sequences of all our favorite vintage action films and TV shows. You name it; Bond, Baywatch, Starsky & Hutch, Charlie's Angels... But the cherry on top of this entertaining email interview with the young director has got to be the priceless Kubrick quote that Basil uncovered in a late 60's Playboy magazine.

Corp + Anam
Corp + Anam

Corp + Anam

2 Jul 12
designer: Lorcan Finnegan • studio: Lovely Productions • comment

From time to time, we like to get gritty with it here at Watch the Titles. Corp + Anam is a dark and disturbing Irish crime drama, whose strong themes are enforced by the squirm-worthy images that director Lorcan Finnegan used for his opening titles. Shot in a day-and-a-half using DSLRs, Finnegan says he saw some incredible places in Dublin. And he got to set a car on fire. Not bad for a title sequence made on a budget. Rani Nugraha reports.

Sirens of Titan
Sirens of Titan

Sirens of Titan

30 May 12
designer: Dani Wolf and Tal Moskovichcomment

The titles for the imaginary Ridley Scott movie based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel The Sirens of Titan embody the sci-fi themes perfectly. Light, space and the blending of realities have all been fused together in this delicate and dreamy student project by Dani Wolf and Tal Moskovich. "Every little dot of light is real light from the footage that we built into letters in Photoshop.”

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

6 Apr 12
designer: Jean Fouchetcomment

Shot in a single take and supported by a haunting score by multiple Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand, director Jacques Demy and title designer Jean Fouchet created their most memorable title sequence together with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – one that appears on numerous lists of favorite film credits of all time.

Topkapi
Topkapi

Topkapi

16 Mar 12
designer: Jean Fouchetcomment

French Fridays updates with Topkapi. Stylish, glamorous and tongue-in-cheek, Topkapi is the epitome of the European crime caper and more or less established the genre of the heist film. The object of desire is the famous dagger inlaid with emeralds from the Topkapi museum in Istanbul. Title designer Jean Fouchet used colored acetate overlays coeated with vaseline and optical special effects to create the illusion of travelling inside a gem stone.

This Means War
This Means War

This Means War

17 Jul 12
designer: Karin Fong • studio: Imaginary Forces • comment

Creative director Karin Fong takes us through the process of creating a sensual title sequence in camera for action rom-com This Means War. Using projections on scantily clad women, Fong created a fitting homage to the classic Bond titles, whose swinging style was pioneered by the likes of Maurice Binder and Robert Brownjohn in the early 60s. But this project also reveals that working for the Big Six means that anything can change at any time.

Snow White And The Huntsman
Snow White And The Huntsman

Snow White And The Huntsman

7 Jun 12
designer: Henry Hobson • studio: The Mill • comment

Turn your lights down low, and turn your volume up high because the end credit sequence of Snow White and the Huntsma is, by far, the darkest end credit sequence we ever featured. Combining high-speed phantom footage, elements from the film, CGI, and a custom designed font, The Mill L.A. created an intense and truly gothic sequence that submerges the viewer in the mythical battle between good and evil. Creative Director Henry Hobson (Rango) talks about the power of dark images, and about creating a custom typeface.

MADinSpain 2012
MADinSpain 2012

MADinSpain 2012

10 May 12
designer: Nando Costa • studio: Superfad • comment

Under the canopy of imposingly large Western red cedar trees, fern branches shimmy in the breeze and softly cascading water glistens over a pebble lined streambed. Amongst the company of this lush and regal greenery, Nando Costa handles bright metallic and vivid fluorescent ceramic letters to spell out the names of keynote speakers at the 2012 edition of MADinSpain.

Watch the Titles DVD-set out now!
Watch the Titles DVD-set out now!

Watch the Titles DVD-set out now!

2 Jan 11
designer: Submarine Channel4 comments

We proudly present the first "Forget the Film, Watch the Titles" DVD. Launched in 2010, this two DVD set is devoted entirely to the art of title design. DVD 1 features a selection of 38 great contemporary title sequences. DVD 2 has 9 brand-new mini-documentaries about title designers. Read more and watch the trailer

FITC Amsterdam 2012
FITC Amsterdam 2012

FITC Amsterdam 2012

21 Mar 12
designer: Menno Fokma and Floris Vos • studio: Soulbase • comment

For the Amsterdam edition of the design and technology event FITC 2012, Dutch motion designers Floris Vos of Soulbase and Menno Fokma harnessed the storytelling potential of the opening title sequence to maximum effect. The designers created a short narrative to remind the viewer how tough it can be to create something, and how ultimately rewarding the creative process can be in the end. Vos talked to us about the process of creating the title sequence and shares mood boards, story boards and typography tests with us.


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