Remember The Title #1

3,2,1. The theater goes dark. The screen lights up. There is motion. This is sound. There are graphics and text dancing across the air. You are taken away to a world away for 120 minutes with anticipation. How genius is that title sequence? Will the movie be as good? If it is, you are going to love this movie.

With my regular series (Remember The Title / Also referred to as RTT) I present to you my favorite title sequences for my best-loved movies. I start with my favorite title sequence of all time - Catch Me If You Can.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"Catch Me If You Can" Title Sequence - Nexus Productions
The typography, style, and animation are so cleverly executed in the title sequence for "Catch Me If You Can". Based on the movement of the chase, the title is playful, using brightly colored animation, stylized people and scenerios. A tribute to Saul Bass, designer responsible for “The Man With The Golden Gun”, we are taken through a variety of locations where the main figure changes his identity represented with arrow icons. The word "Me" vanishing as a cloud is pure genius. 

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Beauty in The Old, Abandoned, and Rundown.

I have a love for old, rundown, forgotten, falling apart, decaying buildings. The worn wood exposed to decades of the elements, crumbling brick, peeling paint, a buildup of moss and lichen, decayed plants make for beautiful inspiration. The textures, colors make for stunning photographs.

Check out my collection of shots I have taken over the years. Some of these buildings no longer exist. I am happy I was able to capture them on film.

Original Janke Wood Barn Still Standing in Late 1990s
Krahn House with Cracked Cinder Block Demolished in 2009
Old Red Garage with Cracked Window Demolished in mid 2000s
Graburn Church Burned Down To The Ground in January 2009

Medalta Potteries in Late 1990s
Original Janke Wood Barn Roof Caving In 1998
Abandoned Near Camrose 2010
Rusty Hinges on Oil Drum By Red Barn 1999
Old House Turned Barn With Glass Piece 1999
In Krahn House Porch Demolished in 2009
The Old House / My Grandpa's House 2010 Built in the 1920s

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Antique Stereoviews + Phonographic Record

On a recent trip to the Edmonton area I had the opportunity to visit a phenomenal antique emporium. They had rooms and rooms of high quality antiques and unique giftware. I ended up with a couple of ephemera pieces that I could not live without. I walked away with two pre-1900 photographic stereoviews and a 1904 phonographic record of O Canada.

Your Only Troubles will be Little Ones - The Universal Photo Art Co.
When I purchased the photographic cards I had thought they were advertisements for duplication services. With a little research I discovered that they were antique versions of the modern day 3D Viewmaster. Before the days of movies, televisions, and radio stereoviews were common as entertainment and news. Common subject matter of the stereoviews were famous people, landmarks, landscapes, wars, and staged scenes.

Detail of Your Only Troubles will be Little Ones

After the Ball. Copyright 1897 by Shrohmeyer & Wyman.
Detail of After the Ball
Indestructible Phonographic Record Protective Tube
The Edison phonographic cylinder record was in rough shape but I was still captivated by the typography and wording on the cardboard storage sleeve : "Never wears out - Purest and Clearest in Tone - Indestructible Phonographic Record - Greatest in Volume - Gives Longest Selections" After some research this particular design is an Edison "Blue Amberol" cylinder known for its blue rim and record information inscribed. The tube has metal rings and a waxy coating. The outside of the tube is where the recording is.
2287 O Canada, Gillette & Mixed Chorus

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What's Your Typestache?

There's no denying it. I love type. With the moustache obsession currently in the design world I was inspired to pay homage with my rendition of What's Your Typestache? Which typestache suits you?

Are you Mr. Comic Sans Bold - casual, non-connected, informal, inappropriate? Or Mr. Filosophia - refined, contemporary, flexible, model? What about Mr. Mrs. Eaves - feminine, modern, romantic, with an identity crisis? Mr. Stencil - cheap, bold, hardcore, ordinary? Mr. Impact - narrow, heavy, dynamic, contrasting? Mr. Webdings - unusual, web-safe, symbolic, crazy? Mr. Feel Script - sexy, sensual, tattoos, lovey dovey? Or Mr. Cooper Black - old school, black, friendly, heavy weight?

My vote is Mr. Mrs. Eaves.

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Design Quote Poster #2

"Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge." Stephen Levine

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The Top 10 Movies Of All Time Posters

It is always interesting to look at all-time lists. In the case of the Top 10* Movies Of All Time (*adjusted for inflation) are the movie posters as epic as the movie? Conveying the emotions and feeling of a film in a flat still medium is becoming a lost art. Let’s have a look and see how they’ve been designed!


1. Gone With The Wind (1939)
The original movie poster depicted on the left from 1939 is stronger than the more modern re-release poster. It is stronger in the fact that it is more expressive and leaves more to the imagination. Especially in 1939 this poster would have created a statement during the time of war depicting the now famous kiss of the characters' turbulent love affair. The embellished frame is nice added detail and enforces the style of the Civil War.

2. Star Wars (1977)
The legendary movie that forever put Star Wars on the map has equally strong movie posters. The illustrative styling reinforces the sci-fi element and offers a preview into the cutting edge special effects and digital special effects of the time. The illustrative style creates more of a statement then if various images from the movie were merged into a collage.

3. The Sound of Music (1965)
Once again I am drawn to the illustrative style of the classic movie posters. The Sound of Music logo is more expressive and cheery and is a contrast to the cold father figure Mr. Trapp. The illustration of the original 1965 poster conveys the musical in a single image.  The 40th anniversary poster is simple and stands by itself because the movie is so iconic. I would like to see more expression in the title font selection. The anniversary poster would not have worked back in 1965 though.

4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Not only do these classic movie posters capture that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems beyond limitation. The poster to the left is an icon of every child from the 1980s.

5. The Ten Commandments (1956)
Although I have to admit I have not watched this movie that is considered a classic, the movie posters do represent the cliche designs of the 1950s. The intense pops of color, reds, yellows reinforce the parting of the red sea promoted as the single most spectacular event ever filmed.

6. Titanic (1997)
Of the two movie posters my preference is the teaser poster with the cropped view of the Titanic sinking to the left. No romantic collage of the characters with the bow of the Titanic sinking. The Titanic poster with Leonardo and Kate is the usual movie poster of the 90s to now. The poster has a mild resemblance to the Jaws original poster but does not work. Not a whole lot of imagination and very cliche. I suppose with all the marketing going to TV and internet producers feel they do not need to push the envelope with the movie posters.  Which is a shame!

7. Jaws (1975)
This poster is iconic perfection. The poster does a great job of summing up the horrifying image that you will see with this movie. The poster is powerful enough to induce chills down your spine. A great work of poster art that matches the work of art the film is.

8. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Another movie that I have not personally seen, I do appreciate the illustrative style of the movie poster to the left. Also the poster follows a nice grid that allows for some white space and breathing room around the illustration. Based on the imagery I get a sense for what the movie is about - love affair during a revolution.

9.
The Exorcist (1973)
I love this movie poster. It has certainly stood the test of time, as it still makes a statement today. The lighting and the glow coming from the upper window, the image creates the suspense and horror that be with this movie. What is up in that window? Love the fact that the text is using a purple instead of the typical red or yellow you see with all the horror movies.

10.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
It is interesting to compare the original movie poster from 1937 to today's poster of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. My preference is the modern one with all the colors and separation between the different characters in the movie. The type is also better and seems more storybook / fairytale. The original poster seems too cluttered and it hard to scan who is the central character. It also gives away pretty much the entire storyline within the image.
 

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