Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another Credit Where Credit is Due

Somehow I left my new favorite show, Mad Men, off of the previous post, "Credits Where Credit is Due".

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Simple drawings of a man falling amid period advertisements shows the tension of the time and the industry portrayed within the show's plots. This introduction to the show is very reminiscent of Hitchcock's film openings, and indeed was inspired by the Vertigo Poster and the work of Saul Bass, one of my favorite artists.

Saul Bass put simple, artistic drawing into his work on movie posters and in so doing, captured the essence of the film with a perfect and graceful style. Check out to see some of his other work.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Credits Where Credit is Due

Some of the most intriguing and evocative motion work of the last couple of decades has been done for the opening credits of movies and television shows. Designers like Kyle Cooper (formally of Imaginary Forces and now of Prologue) and the fine people at Digital Kitchen have produced some of my favorite opening credits in movies like "Se7en" and shows like "Six Feet Under". And of course who could forget Richard and Bob Greenberg's (R/GA) work on the opening credits for "Superman the Movie"? I couldn't. Of course I still wear Superman pjs and force a spit curl in the front of my forehead.

CBS' "Criminal Minds" has my favorite current opening credits (check them out on YouTube). There's nothing enormously original about the animation, but it's visually satisfying with its easing and rhythmic sliding. The red bar from the logo runs throughout the entire animation, pulling it all together. I think what I really like about it is the different segments of each screen each having their own agenda -- one piece has video of a crime scene, another of an actor, another of a case file -- and they're all moving independently of each other but in the same rhythm. They're uniform while at the same time acting independently. (Insert your own apropos metaphor here)