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Michael Riley

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Made by Michael Riley:


Gattaca (1997)

Along Came a Spider
Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider (2001)

Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Mad Money
Mad Money

Mad Money (2008)

Taking Chance
Taking Chance

Taking Chance (2009)

The Back-up Plan
The Back-up Plan

The Back-up Plan (2010)

Michael Riley interview
Michael Riley interview

Michael Riley interview (2010)


About 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.

Riley graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and began his career as an intern under Tibor Kalman at M&Company in New York. He then started working with Kyle Cooper at R/Greenberg Associates and moved on to become partner and creative director at Imaginary Forces. 

Riley speaks passionately about his work: “Design is about people, and if there are strong, healthy, client relationships, there's a better possibility to pull off a good project.

"I have many fond memories working at R/Greenberg Associates in New York, and of my time at Imaginary Forces in Los Angeles," Riley says. "I could name a long list of amazing people, personally and professionally, at both companies. My first experience with a company that did title design was at an internship I had in college under Tibor Kalman at M&Co. in New York. When I first saw him use typography as a thoughtful, conceptual, and expressive element in a Talking Heads music video, I realized the possibilities of mixing design with film."

Riley was nominated three times for an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design for 'Standoff', 'Band of Brothers' and 'Temple Grandin.' He was awarded a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal from the D&AD, The British Design and Art Director’s Association, “Trailer of The Year” Golden Trailer Award, a Belding Award, a Silver Medal from the New York Art Director’s Club.

Associated studios:

Shine Studio

Founded in late 2005 by creative director Michael Riley and producer Bob Swenson, Shine is a creative design and production studio based in Los Angeles, specializing in branding and storytelling for the entertainment and advertising industries. Shine's mission: “to fuse striking conceptual thinking with the cutting edge crafts of full-motion electronic media in an effort to distinguish brands, personalities, stories and experience.”

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Imaginary Forces

In 1996, RGA/LA - the West Coast division of RGA Digital Studios - changed its name to Imaginary Forces. The name was taken from Shakespeare's play Henry V: "And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work."

"We have spent a long time building and refining a brilliant creative and production team ... Keeping this group together as our own company is truly exciting," commented Kyle Cooper, IF co-founder and creative director, about the name change (Variety, Dec. 2, 1996). Cooper left IF in 2003 to start his own venture, Prologue Films.

One of the strong points of Imaginary Forces is the company's conceptual design strategy. A strategy that has proved to work for any market or platform. Most projects start with the design team thoroughly researching the subject or product.

Visit the website of Imaginary Forces