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Uncredited Graphic Design and Opening Titles Hardcover – 28 Feb 2007


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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Index Book; Har/DVD edition (28 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8496309525
  • ISBN-13: 978-8496309524
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 24.8 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,920,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Credit sequences have packaged films for more than 100 years and although many people have seen them, few have considered this essential element of film from a graphic point of view. Designers and typographic artists such Saul Blass, Pablo Ferro, Maurice Binder or Kyle Cooper have all worked on film credit sequences, using their unique talents on the aesthetic and typographic principles of design. Uncover the work of prestigious designers such as Tibor Kalman, Milton Glaser, David Hillman, Juan Gatti or Simon Taylor who's work has contributed to the visual impact of some important works in film history.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
At last a book I've waited some years for. With more than three hundred credit sequences (so hundreds and hundreds of images) this is a feast of visual goodies. The ten chapters reveal a history of the movie in the movies. It is sort of chronological though many newer credits are mixed in with historical ones to indicate a style, like chapter four that looks at titles as logos: Gone With the Wind or Pulp Fiction where the type is overlaid on an image background.

The text runs in small sections throughout the pages but I kept on getting sidetracked by the images and their captions. The original words have been translated from Spanish which could explain the rather flowery style but its clear the authors have done a lot of research and obviously expressed their opinions, too, especially in the long captions.

An amazing two hundred designers have their work included. The great Saul Bass has nineteen credits, Kyle Cooper, Maurice Binder, Ferro Pablo, Dan Perri and Richard Greenberg are the other designers who get a good showing. Those that only have one or two credits (in the book) can still deliver a punch though, the credits for Thank You For Not Smoking by Shadowplay Studio are quite stunning or Marlene McCarty's lovely period work on Far From Heaven.

The book really is a treat but I found it had some annoying inconsistencies (so four stars) like the contents spread that had no page numbers, no, really! There is a designer index but no movie index. In a book like this I would have thought both were essential. The book's design shows a tendency to designer whimsy: the page numbers at the bottom right of the page are in sets of three with the last number (for the next page) running off the page to give the impression of motion...as in a movie?
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Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this book as it is a subject of particular interest to me. On the whole it is an excellent collection of title sequences and a very interesting read - one of the best/only books on the subject.

My gripes:
- It's not very well written (probably because it was translated from Spanish)
- There is no proper structure (that I can work out) chronological or otherwise
- The accompanying disc is not interactive and is simply a bunch of files of low to medium quality videos of the various titles listed in the book.
- The print quality/layout could be slightly better

Please don't let the above comments dissuade you from buying this book - if it is an area that you are interested in then it is a very worthwhile purchase. I just thought they missed a few key areas that really would have made this a classic. I look forward to the updated version.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Credit where credit's due 23 Mar 2008
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
At last a book I've waited some years for. With more than three hundred credit sequences (so hundreds and hundreds of images) this is a feast of visual goodies. The ten chapters reveal a history of the movie in the movies. It is sort of chronological though many newer credits are mixed in with historical ones to indicate a style, like chapter four that looks at titles as logos: Gone With the Wind or Pulp Fiction where the type is overlaid on an image background.

The text runs in small sections throughout the pages but I kept on getting sidetracked by the images and their captions. The original words have been translated from Spanish which could explain the rather flowery style but its clear the authors have done a lot of research and obviously expressed their opinions, too, especially in the long captions.

An amazing two hundred designers have their work included. The great Saul Bass has nineteen credits, Kyle Cooper, Maurice Binder, Ferro Pablo, Dan Perri and Richard Greenberg are the other designers who get a good showing. Those that only have one or two credits (in the book) can still deliver a punch though, the credits for Thank You For Not Smoking by Shadowplay Studio are quite stunning or Marlene McCarty's lovely period work on Far From Heaven.

The book really is a treat but I found it had some annoying inconsistencies (so four stars) like the contents spread that had no page numbers, no, really! There is a designer index but no movie index. In a book like this I would have thought both were essential. The book's design shows a tendency to designer whimsy: the page numbers at the bottom right of the page are in sets of three with the last number (for the next page) running off the page to give the impression of motion...as in a movie? The bibliography is a huge list of websites and a few books. So many of the sites will be redundant long before the book is.

Included with the book is a DVD with 119 credits, an obvious plus factor for me but they are in QuickTime so no watching it on the big screen in the lounge and from those I've looked at they seem second or third generation quality. Incidentally the DVD is rather loosely inserted into an inside page at the back of the book and if you are buying the book pre-used it will be worth checking with the seller that the disc is included.

Despite the disappointments above I'm pleased to have this book and I think it will be a well thumbed edition over time.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Lacking a basis 5 Oct 2010
By PeterGrarg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
acts as a prime example of a title sequence picture book. The initial statement that "we are unaware of the existence or publication of any study to offer a general overview on the topic" (p.10) does note excuse complete ignorance of wide range of in-depth academic works, magazine article and books published since at least the 1970s by authors such as Allison, Böhnke, Charney, de Mourgue, Gardies, Harris, Hüser, Johnson, King, Kuntzel, Odin, Porfirio and many more. While the collection of sequences and the accompanying historical and biographical information are undoubtedly valuable if superficial, and some insightful and potentially original viewpoints are expressed regarding for example film titles as brand images, few of them are based on existing theory and research, but on relatively uninformed personal impressions and opinions. Information is often presented without basis in empirical research, which also becomes apparent when considering the rather incomplete bibliography. Lastly the included Quicktime video files are of such low quality that they hardly allow the viewer to read the actual titles, let alone identify the typeface or technique employed. I do not regret buying it, mainly due to the vast number of title sequences and screenshots collected, however the writing style, translation, inaccurate assumptions and quality of video provided seriously diminish the value of this publication.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BAD PRINT RUN - Don't buy this - NOT a 2008 edition 28 Dec 2008
By joanthethird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although a previous review would have you think it suffers from "designer's whimsey" in its layout, it's actually a bad print run altogether, and NOT affecting just a few pages. It looks like whoever printed it for US distribution made some calculation error from the cm (european) measurements to inches (US) on the press specs, and ALL the pages are off. Black text overruns black screenshots, whole text passages run off the pages, all the chapter titles & pagination are clipped off (sometime entirely) -I find it impossible that the two previous reviewers could have spent any time trying to actually READ this edition, as the copy I received is unreadable.

Amazon lists it as a December 2008 publication, but the copy shipped out is 2007. I'm hoping there is actually a new edition yet to be released, and Amazon is just shipping out a previous edition unaware of the technical defects. Until you know for sure, DO NOT ORDER!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must for cinema and graphic design lovers. 2 May 2008
By Mig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent, long time awaited book on Opening Titles in Movies. It goes further than the usual Saul Bass topics and shows a fine selection of works and authors.
Fine edition, enlightening texts and profusely illustrated. And it comes with a companion dvd bringing a good selection of samples in quicktime video .
It's certainly strange that this matter had not been covered before in that way. And have been done by two european -spaniard- authors!
Just miss a better coverage on animated head titles.
A must for titles and cinema lovers.
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