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Sunday, February 22, 2009

and the Oscar goes to...

the van gogh bird from Wall-E end credits. Art by John Lee, Animated by Kristophe Vergne, character paint Willy Hwang © disney/pixar

I second this notion of a Best Achievement in Film Title Design becoming a category at the Oscars. It seems like every other film lately has an interesting title sequence or end credit sequence. In an Op-ed today in the New York Times, Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler, co-founders of the design firm Number 17 not only propose this new category but also nominate the Wall-E end credits for just such an honor.

check out the article here; Credit Where Credits Are Due

also a nice write up here at The Pixar Blog


Blogger TS said...

Opening and closing sequences have definately taken on a much larger role than they use to and the idea of giving an Academy Award is something to consider. Saul Bass was probably the first designer to really do something different with a title sequence. The opening credits from Psycho, as far as I know, were completely unique for the time.

I think the sequences now have really become ways to continue the story, as in Wall E, or a way to recap the film, as in the Incredibles. One of my favorite sequences is from the opening of Catch Me If You Can. The cool part about that sequence is that it more or less outlines the story of the film like a teaser before you see the it. However, the flipside of having such cool end and title sequences is that they can have the potential to overshadow the film. From an industry POV, Kung Fu Panda succeeded in doing this. It seemed like more people were talking about the James Baxter animation at the end than they were talking about the film.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Alessandra Sorrentino said...

Hey Jim, congratulations on Wall-E, you guys have made a lovely Job.
But most of all a huge congratulations on the awesome work and enormous effort you put on your short! It's been very nice and inspiring to read your posts during these months. I can't wait to see it, I'm sure it's another little gem of yours.
Bravo Jim! :)
Hugs from Italy and take care,

5:38 AM  

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