Kinetic Typography - examples from films old or new

do's picture

Hi everyone, i'm exploring kinetic typography and movie titles as a dissertation idea, I just wondered if anyone could think of any examples of interesting typography use in opening sequences to films, either old or new, the only one which springs to my mind is the titles of 'Catch Me If You Can' (see below), a style which has been copied quite a lot, but if anyone can think of anything else please let me know.


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Stephen Coles's picture

Casino Royale's titles were pretty good.

More discussion on the Catch Me If You Can titles.

aluminum's picture

Monster's Inc. had some fun titles.

Panic Room's titles got a lot of praise when it was released (and the technique has been ripped off many times since)

paul d hunt's picture

kinetic type

this wiki entry doesn't explore just film titles, but links to several resources on type in motion.

Jan's picture

Not necessarily typographic:
Very old: The Pink Panther
Newer: Seven
Basically: Saul Bass, inventor of artistic movie titles.

cabbage's picture

Lucky Number Slevin has some cool ledger-sheet inspired titles. The individual letters of names cycle in and out like bits of code.

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cabbage's picture

Napoleon Dynamite

cabbage's picture

Though the title sequences aren't examples of spectacular type use, Wes Anderson is always very conscious with his use of type. It plays a definite role in the overall look + feel of the film.

The Royal Tenenbaums

paul d hunt's picture

I just love the title sequence from Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, and the rest of the film is great too.

do's picture

thanks for all the replies guys, this was my first post and i'm astounded by the quantity and quality of posts. some great examples here, most of which i'm familiar with - particularly love the napoleon dynamite's opening sequence, which coupled with 'we're going to be friends' by the white stripes, perfectly captures the innocence of the film.

i'd seen a lot of the work of Saul Bass before, without really realising it was his, and its stunning. part of the titles to 'the man with the golden arm' were copied for the white stripes 'hardest button to button' single sleeve. (you may have noticed i'm a white stripes fan!) Love Wes Andersons work, his attention to detail, and his love of futura (like Kubrick), which is most noticeable in the Royal Tenenbaums...along with Helvetica for the book covers featured in the film.

I've got a lot of ideas, just struggling to come up with a cohesive title/proposal for my dissertation, and a strong direction, but keep these coming!

HaleyFiege's picture

Stranger Than Fiction has a really cool opening and Thank You For Smoking is really well done.

katju's picture

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films usually have very nicely done opening sequences with typography embedded in objects. Most recently Amelie Poulain, but early Delicatessen is quite a classic.

haloosinayeshun's picture

a few films come to mind..

anything by Saul Bass >> Vertigo // Man With The Golden Arm // Anatomy of a Murder // (i believe he did also do Catch Me If You Can) //


Seven // SpiderMan // MonstersINC(i think done by Amanda Visell?)

aluminum's picture

"Lucky Number Slevin has some cool ledger-sheet inspired titles"

which reminded me of the "Dead Man On Campus" credits (done in the theme of bubble-fill-in test sheets)

karloco8's picture

Hi there, very interesting topic, I notice this thread began as a consult for a dissertation back in 2007. Where you able to complete it? is it published online?

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