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Forget the Film: Watch the Titles!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Following on from Chris’ post last month in which he talked about title sequences, I thought I’d share my recent find regarding the topic with you. I came across another website dedicated to title sequences calles ‘Forget the Film: Watch the Titles!’. Arguably not all of the selected titles on display are great, and a lot of the classics are missing, but it’s definitely worth having a nosy.

The titles sequence that caught my eye is for a made-up documentary about the history of the title sequence. It’s designer Jurjen Versteeg’s graduation project, in which he cleverly re-imagines the work of eight influential designers that changed the course of title design history. From an interview with Versteeg:

“This title sequence provides an overview of the history of title design. The names of the most influential title designers are mentioned, all of whom have had a big influence on the development and history of title design. Each designer’s name refers to the revolutionary titles they designed. The cut-up typography of Saul Bass’ name, for example, refers to titles for Psycho, and the colored circles refer to Maurice Binder’s titles for Dr. No. In this way, I’ve tried to characterize each name. My aim was to give these characteristics, which were added in the post-production stage, as much of an analogue feel as possible. I wanted the visual effects to be in line with the live action footage.”

Ron Arad’s Curtain Call

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Last night DF popped down to the Roundhouse to see Ron Arad’s Curtain Call. As part of Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad has invited his favourite artists, musicians and friends to create unique work for his 360° interactive installation.

Curtain Call is an installation in which a curtain of white silicon rods, eight metres high and hanging from above, encloses the great circular centre of the building. The rods collectively form a 360° screen on to which are projected animations and films by some of Arad’s creative friends. Christian Marclay will ring the circle with piano keys, running vertically, played by giant projected hands. Mat Collishaw will show a gorgeous tropical landscape which is nonetheless “poisoned by diseased and malicious-looking flowers”. Ori Gersht will show crowds at a bullfight, putting viewers in the middle of the circle in the position of a matador, or a bull.

We were lucky enough to be invited to a stand alone event, which featured our friend Jude Greenaway’s work, which he did in collaboration with his brother and Ron Arad for the Curtain Call. This is what Jude had to say about his work: “Our response to Arad’s installation poses the silicon surface as a refracted mirror. Filmed and animated content has been specifically designed to match the curtain and its surroundings, literally reflecting the Roundhouse back onto itself. Utilizing the buildings former primary function of rotation the work and its environment are intertwined and juxtaposed producing interesting hybrid creations between architecture and moving sculpture, bringing the building to life. Set to a bespoke theatrical score the viewer is immersed into a seamless 360° audio visual experience.

We were well impressed with Jude’s work, and you should definitely get yourself down to the Roundhouse to check out the Curtain Call.

Heli Test #1 By Mutiny BIKES

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The guys at Austin-based BMX Company Mutiny Bikes had the balls to tape a Canon 7D to a mini helicopter, and the result is pretty sweet. Filmed at Austin’s new skatepark, it’s a great short video and I recommend you check it out, along with some Mutiny’s other videos on their vimeo page.

BUG 26 – DF Video Highlight

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Last night DF were lucky enough to pop down to the BFI on London’s Southbank to experience BUG 26 superbly hosted by non other than our comedy hero Adam Buxton. We’ve wanted to go to BUG for ages but never got around to it as it sells out very quickly, but last night we finally pulled our finger out and popped along.

As BUG virgins we arrived giddy with anticipation and nervous that we’d built it up too much and where headed for a collective disappointment. Well DF is pleased to report that Mr Buxton and the team behind BUG didn’t disappoint one bit, funny, interesting, inspiring and entertaining don’t really do the BUG experience justice. So if you’ve never been to BUG then we can highly recommend it and I think DF will be regulars from now on.

Above is the unanimous video highlight of the evening, apart from Adam Buxton reading out Youtube comments. The music video for ‘The Greeks – Is Tropical‘ track, directed by Megaforce and well worth a watch. Prepare to be blown away!

A to Z on the silver screen

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Obviously as a ‘graphical designer person’, technical terminology, I do love and admire a well designed title sequence in films. Ever since seeing those immortal words written in that simple blue typeface.. ‘A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away…’ I’ve always made note of those opening sequences that really made me sit up and take notice from the very first second. I’ve also always thought of myself as someone who was really into films, until today that is!

After coming across Steven Hill’s – Movie Title Screens Page, I realise that ‘really into’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Steven really really is into title screens with around 6615 posted on his site to date and so a massive congratulations has to go out to Steven because we love the amount of time and effort he has put into this site.

Below are a few of my personal favourites and if you find yourself with a spare few hours you should really check it out. Enjoy

Polynoid – LOOM

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

This wicked short tells the story of a successful catch. The plot is as simple as “a moth being caught in a spider’s web”, but it’s really rich in visual details and definitely worth watching. Polyniod made Loom in 2010, while still students. Check out their website for more animations.

Base, base, base, buttery biscuit base genius!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Here’s a little musical treat from the very talented Swede Mason, a must watch for any Master Chef fans, and if you like it as much as we do you can even download it here. Needless to say we’ve been banging it out in the studio all day. Massive respect has to go out to Grandbag’s for pointing us in the general direction.

Personally we think this is so good, the people in charge of the internet, may as well turn it off because it doesn’t get any better than this! Enjoy

Tony Kelly for American Apparel

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

A lovely piece for American Apparel that doesn’t show half naked skinny hipster types.

SOS: Save Our Supplies

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

We came across this simple and beautiful crafted video by the guys at In Secret Agreement for doc2doc.org, a non-profit organization that saves usable medical supplies from being discarded in the U.S. and sends them to hospitals in the developing world. Take a couple of minutes out of your day and help the SOS message go further.

If only all ads could be this beautiful

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

If you only do one thing today then we highly recommend that you spend 3 minutes watching this advert, yes an advert. Simply beautiful.