A Brief History of Title Design
Credits openings and titles are elements of a movie I have started to pay more attention to and really appreciate in the recent years. Besides the James Bond movies title sequence, that I took for granted because I’ve been watching the movies all my life, it wasn’t until Monsters Inc in 2001 and Catch Me If You Can in 2002 that I realized there was a whole part of movies I’ve been overlooking when I was a teenager.
Today, countless films and TV shows especially pay particular attention to their credits and title sequence, and for good reason: it sets the mood and can immediately capture the attention of an audience.
The excellent website Art of the Title share the works of artists who spend countless hours creating these title sequences. Beware before clicking on the link, make sure you have some time ahead as you won’t be able to resist the temptation to look at everything for hours.
For last year SXSW, the Art of the Title team put together a ‘Brief History of Title Design’ that I think is a good introduction to the genre: