Movie Titles

The Art of Film & TV Title Design. Off Book & PBS.

If you produce any form of video or animation based content for TV, Film, The Internet, Mobile and Tablet based devices, you need to watch this film. “The Art of TV Title Design” by PBS Off Book, is a great short film that features some of the heavy hitters of Title Design talking about their craft.

Opening credits are quite often the first thing an audience sees when they watch a great film or TV show. While they are very memorable, more often than not they are not talked about in great detail. Even though they help set up the story, and close it out.Good Title Design is an art form, as much as any other aspect of the broadcast and film industry. The designers that create title sequences are asked to invent concepts that bring the core story out, and enhance the overall production themes, to create a visual experience that pulls the viewer into the film’s world.

In the video below some of the most inventive people working in the field of title design today, including the creators of the iconic Mad Men sequence, the hilarious Zombieland opening and the stirring end credits from Blue Valentine, discuss what goes into making a great title sequence. Featured in the short film are Peter Frankfurt and Karin Fong, Jim Helton, and Ben Conrad.

The Movie Title Stills Collection.

I’m always on the look out for new websites of design inspiration, and today while looking for vintage 1940’s type styles I cam across The Movie Title Stills Collection.

The Movie Title Stills Collection is an amazing resource for movie titles and end frames that have been curated and collated by designer Christian Annyas. The collection ranges from the 1920’s to the present day, and can is organized by decade or by one of two specific categories ‘Western’ or ‘Film Noir’.

There is a ton of stuff to look through from classics, to more obscure titles. This is a great archive of type, design and illustration styles that spans almost 90 years.