Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Almost two years long since I posted anything. The short finished and went into the world with much fanfare to my surprise. It's been amazing. One of my favorite highlights was a French student asking if she subtitle the film for her English class.
Then there's the other side. I got an email the other day that one of the leads in the short Phil had passed away recently. Just terribly sad news. I only knew him briefly but he was an amazing actor, professional and kind. A joy to work with that brought so much to everything he did. I'm currently writing a feature version of the short and to be honest it's sad to imagine that character without Phil. It's a sad day. R.I.P. Phil Davidson.
Monday, November 30, 2009
In 1966 Françios Truffaut released his first and only English language film, he worked for six years to bring it to the screen, and I like to think he had these titles in mind from the outset.
This is what every designer/title designer speaks to when they they talk about the titles being apart of a film and setting up the story, but rarely does anything thing work as well as these do. What's startling about them isn't the design or type or anything that you typically associate with title design. These titles have no type and they're deceptively simple. Just a series of single color ZOOM IN shots of TV antennas and a narrator speaking the names aloud. The bold colors evoke color bars, and this was also Truffaut's first color film, it feels almost like a painter saying "these are the colors I will be using throughout the piece."
From a storytelling viewpoint they're almost unmatched by any sequence I've ever seen. What better way to introduce the audience to a world where the printed word is outlawed than this?