Director Martin Scorsese once remarked that the opening credits of a film have the unique opportunity for "setting the tone, providing the mood, and foreshadowing the action." Drawing upon some of the most celebrated title sequences, For Openers examines the history and art of this frequently overlooked aspect of film production. Opening sequences such as The Man with the Golden Arm (Saul Bass, 1955), Pink Panther (Friz Freleng, 1963), Dr. Strangelove (Pablo Ferro, 1963), Goldfinger (Robert Brownjohn, 1964), The World According to Garp (Richard Greenberg, 1982), and Seven (Kyle Cooper, 1996) are remarkable and memorable for their experimental techniques and pioneering approaches to the genre.
Selections of opening film credits featured in the program
David Peters, of MetaDesign, San Francisco, has researched thousands of films spanning the 100-year history of cinema and will trace the technological, conceptual, and aesthetic developments of this art form and the creative strategies behind some of the most dramatic and engaging passages in cinema.
FOR OPENERS: THE ART OF FILM TITLES WAS ORGANIZED BY DESIGNFILMS.ORG, WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 1999 TO PROMOTE DESIGN MEDIA HISTORY AND THE DIGITAL DESIGN ARTS. THIS PROGRAM IS COPRESENTED WITH AIGA/MINNESOTA.