The Art of Film & TV Title Design | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

The Art of Film & TV Title Design | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

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60 thoughts on “The Art of Film & TV Title Design | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

  1. sanjuacharya says:


  2. Dirty Dozen says:


  3. MaghoxFr says:

    Great, great great video. Much appretiated over here. My only criticism is that the music felt out of place and distracting.

  4. National Film Society says:

    Now we want to go watch all of those movies.

  5. Alan Mohammed says:

    These can sometimes be my favourite part of a film… so beautiful 🙂

  6. corrinne Jones says:

    Alfred Hitchcock's title sequences are amazing. Look at Rear Window and North by Northwest.

  7. Art Trivia says:

    The music is too loud in some parts, but great video nevertheless.

  8. dichotomy says:

    So good! I want more!

  9. eric garlinghouse says:

    This topic should become it's own series…

  10. Harbinjero says:

    Those are both done by Saul Bass, a genius of visual design. He also did Psycho and Vertigo.

  11. Nawaz Alamgir says:

    Prologue Films and Imaginary Forces

  12. Fish Bike says:

    can you told me song which is begin since 0.30 s?

  13. David Jonsson says:

    I loved the text in zombieland!

  14. Mark Tapio Kines says:

    William Lebeda and Picture Mill should have been part of this.

  15. oaktownacid says:

    0 dislikes. Good design…

  16. NormDesignIRE says:

    Na one guy who knows Fuck all about design had to Dislike it as usual 🙂

  17. NormDesignIRE says:

    anyone know the song for Blue Valentine ?

  18. NormDesignIRE says:

    do you know the music for it ?

  19. NormDesignIRE says:

    that begins at 3.19

  20. 4Sarit4 says:

    That's what I wanna do as my job! It's so awesome

  21. chaosinorderrr says:

    The Pacific's opening looks awesome! Makes me want to watch the show actually. Also, this topic needs to be fleshed out into a documentary!

  22. LA says:

    grizzly bear did all of the music for blue valentine. the whole album's on itunes.

  23. helminthes says:

    Someone at Kornhaber Brown should be ashamed that they didn't tell the editor to simply pan all of the dialog to the center.

  24. Kevin Reilly says:

    Super interesting. Agree, there should definitely be a full documentary dedicated to this art. One thing about this show, please cut out the corny music in the background, very distracting and interferes with the art you're showcasing.

  25. hoplahey says:

    I always skips the title screens and go directly to the movie 🙂

  26. chakra123view says:

    This is remarkable

  27. Jack Wilson says:

    fantastic! subscribed.

  28. Gohaninengland says:


  29. ACTUAL says:

    Great stuff as always PBS!

  30. Tricipitinus says:

    a clip aboput this topic without mentioning the game of thrones intro is an epic FAIL

  31. Karan Bhatia says:

    the best Title Seq is in Lord of War

  32. Glen Montgomery says:

    I am guessing they could not get any of the folks who worked on GoT sequence. Here is a great article on it over at "art of the Title"

  33. Nam Thanh says:


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  35. evomo says:

    I agree, they have been doing titles for some of the most amazing and memorable films for over 15 years.

  36. evomo says:

    This is a really cool episode but barely scratches the surface when it comes to title design. A lot of well known title designers were not even mentioned and Kyle Cooper designed the titles to Seven – which I believe was done at RG/A before IF was even formed – Garson Yu, Thomas Cobb also worked on it who both have their own studios and have done equally amazing work just as William Lebeda at Picture Mill. This definitely deserves its own documentary 1 hour + and better research.

  37. evomo says:

    this is correct. poor research on the show producers part.

  38. AlexReynard says:

    Not much to say, other than that Panic Room might be my favorite opening title sequence ever. It was one of the first times I'd ever seen CG done perfectly photorealistic. The huge words hanging over the city, and at such odd angles, such an impossible image, really set up a feeling of stark, fascinating 'wrongness'. It worked perfectly.

    Also, I really liked the opening of Devil. It's a simple idea, and maybe it's just my acrophobia, but it made me jitter in my seat.

  39. GoodFriendsForever says:

    I really like this website about titles! Artofthetitle com

  40. Sheren Bamberger. says:

    Juno and Game of Thrones have some really amazing openings.

  41. evomo says:

    both Panic Room and Devil were designed by William Lebeda at Picture Mill.

  42. AlexReynard says:

    O.O Wowee, that is cool. I'mma go look him up and see what else he's done!

  43. zovizovieselritmo says:

    Why do title sequences need a separate director? If I were a film director I would love to design the title sequence for the movie that everybody's gonna give me credit for. Do film directors come up with anything or do they just say "yes" or "no"?

  44. Cindy Marie Jenkins says:

    This is exactly what I needed to watch today. I've scoured your site and this is my favorite!

  45. geoffpeterstrio says:

    excellent video!

  46. Halbwurm - Gameplay Commentary, Guides & Lore says:

    Amazing Intros indeed! Love the BlueValentine especially!
    check out my new Intro created in AfterEffects:

  47. Web Design SEO says:

    "But hopefully the reason why it resonates with you is because it's so true to the story it's telling."

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  50. Rohini S says:

    I really loved this video. And I checked out the site and thank you so much for the link. 🙂

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  52. Calkimchi says:

    next step? Google "Saul Bass"

  53. WEANS2 says:

    What are the names of the movies?

  54. Shaheero says:

    Watch "Catch Me if You Can" opening title sequence, which pays homage to Bass’s graphics

  55. watchingtelevision says:

    Stephen Frankfurt's titles for To Kill A Mockingbird.

  56. zenooe says:

    The most awesome movie title i think is "Enter The Void" by Gasper Noe

  57. Mente magazine says:

    Inspiring work, inspiring people! —— Title design will get more and more importance as digital media grows. Hope to see amazing work and talent making the difference in this area.

  58. PlanYourLift says:

    This was cool! Most memorable title sequences for me growing up is The Simpsons, The Bill (with the walking shoes) and maybe Survivor/Charmed although that's probably more because of the song choice. I'm trying to think of titles that are better than the whole movie/show, all I can think of is Watchmen (although that's totally subjective). 

  59. Katja K says:

    Some great title sequences I can think of are for Catch Me If You Can, House M.D, Touch, Juno, Amelie, The Village, Zodiac…..
    and for Analogue/Digital Design Conference Brisbane 2013

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