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TitlesThere are so many things to consider when finishing up the post production of your film. You’re putting the final touches on the edit, mixing sound, creating visual effects, and a whole number of other small, but crucially important processes. Then there’s titling, a process that many young filmmakers overlook, often adding off-white Times New Roman titles at the last second simply out of necessity. Titles, however, have the potential to be a tremendously powerful artistic asset to any film. Good title sequences — like those featured on the fantastic blog Art of the Title – are able to encapsulate the themes and subtext of a film through masterful manipulation of the art of typography. What exactly is typography, and how can it help you make the most of your titles? A new video from the video production and graphic design firm Parachutes provides a brief glimpse at the wonderful world of typography. More »

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PsychoIt’s one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history. Almost everybody recognizes it, even if they’ve never seen the movie. It’s the infamous shower scene in Psycho where Marion Crane is repeatedly stabbed by a mysterious individual. With a scene as iconic as that, who would guess that the question of who directed it would ever come up? It was Alfred Hitchcock — right? Well, maybe not. Both Hitchcock and famous graphic artist and title sequence designer Saul Bass claim to have directed the 7-day shoot, but maybe we don’t need to rely on mere hearsay. Vashi Nedomansky of Vashi Visuals sheds a little more light on the situation with a side by side comparison between Bass’ storyboards and the actual footage. More »

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Fleisch_EnergieThe world of experimental or avant-garde (vanguard) cinema has a history just as rich as narrative film (it could be said that the two run on parallel tracks). While usually associated with European filmmakers, America has its own rich tradition of avant-garde and experimental filmmakers. Very loosely defined as any film that doesn’t use narrative cinematic technique to achieve its goals, the avant-garde is worthy of study for any filmmaker or student of film. The Dissolve recently featured two experimental avant-garde shorts — one by the filmmaker who made the amazing credits for Enter The VoidClick below to learn more about the history of the wonderfully strange world of avant-garde and experimental cinema, and watch some of its classics. More »

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Movie Title Saul BassTitle sequences are usually the first things we see when we watch a movie, setting the tone for what’s to come. I’m a huge sucker for a good title sequence — Lars von Trier’s films have some awesomely weird ones. But, I’ve always been drawn to those from the 50s and 60s for their playful, jazzy, minimalist aesthetic — come to find out that many of those title sequences were made by “movie title master” Saul Bass, who frequently worked with filmmaking legends, like Hitchcock and Scorsese. Check out this 55-minute documentary entitled Title Champ, which explores the art, the filmmakers, and the world inside a world that Bass came to know so well. More »