Friday, February 9, 2007

Forget the film, watch the titles

Forget the Film Watch the TitlesWhat a great idea this is. The Submarine Channel, a web based launching point for independent film and multimedia producers, has started a new feature called Forget the film, watch the titles.

This is the start of an ongoing collection of animated film titles, featuring examples of both opening and closing film credits divided into sub-genres like Animation (meaning animated characters), Motion Graphics (animated graphic design), 3-D (animated 3-D computer graphics) and Mixed (title sequences that use multimedia or mix the previous techniques).

Film titles are an art in themselves, usually done by a different creative team than that of the main movie, and often much better than the movie itself. (A case in point are Jamie Caliri’s wonderful closing titles to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which are unfortunately not part of this collection.)

Don’t be disappointed, as I was initially, that Forget the Film Watch the Titles. is not yet a huge compendium in which you can look up your favorite title sequences and classics like the Saul Bass gems. The project is just in its infancy, and the collection is small (maybe 20 or so in all at the moment). It’s an ongoing project and it’s going to take a while because they’re trying to do this by the book and secure permission to display the title sequences, a laborious process to say the least.

Think of it like a new blog, just starting, but promising and fun to check in periodically to see what’s new and watch the collection progressing. There are enough titles here for you to get a feeling for what they’re doing, and they do have some good ones (images at left, top to bottom: Nanny McPhee, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Made in Yu, Moog).

Link via Cold Hard Flash

 

2 thoughts on “Forget the film, watch the titles

  1. tomdwayne

    wow, this is a great find (not that your others aren´t). hopefully they´ll get their hands on the pink panther cartoon-titles of the clouseau movies, or of course “seven”, or “ed wood” and any other tim burton movie for that matter. saul bass, of course, is a must.
    gosh, there are some great title sequences…

  2. Allen De Rico

    I’m glad I found you! My kind of stuff. I really thought I was maybe just one of the few people who thought the closing credits of Lemmony Snicket was wonderful. Music and all.
    Thanks.

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