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Uncredited Graphic Design and Opening Titles Hardcover – 28 Feb 2007
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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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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 back cover page 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.
***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
Great for understanding the timeline of relevant historical and contemporary motion graphics and inspirations behind them. As for the design, (numbers running off the side of the page) is intentional so when flicking through the numbers progress to the next slowly (like the frames in a motion graphic). Interesting idea but could have been executed to a higher standard.
- 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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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.