Watch: The Academy's Video About Legendary Title Designer Dan Perri

August 5, 2016
Source: YouTube

Title Designer Dan Perri

"Fonts that are big and bold are more powerful…" It's always great to see behind-the-scenes people profiled in meaningful ways. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been making outstanding videos called Originals focusing on various filmmaking stories and profiling many of the remarkable people who create the movies we love. This one is about titled designer Dan Perri, who created the title design for Star Wars as well as Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and so many other films. I love his explanation for Scorsese's After Hours, how his design actually builds up your heart rate so you're then ready to watch the film. Another stellar reminder that every single aspect of a film is important. Enjoy.

Description from YouTube: "Title designer Dan Perri explains how he designed movie titles for films such as Star Wars, The Exorcist, and Raging Bull." Dan Perri has been a film and television title sequence designer for over 30 years and has created main titles for more than 400 film and TV projects. You can see more of his titles on Art of the Title, or visit his official website. He got his big break designing the titles for William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), which he talks about in this video, then followed that up with All the President's Men, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Airplane!, Caddyshack and many other films. Perri's most recent feature film was The Beaver. To see more Academy Originals, go here.

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  • that was before the dark time...Before the generic posters.
    • RAW_D
      These unoriginal bastards that do posters these days should take a cue from this master.
  • It was cool to see the alternative Star Wars logos. This looks super good.
      Those things must be worth a mint!
  • Michael Wolff
    Mentored by Saul Bass!!!!!!!!!!! Not Too Shabby!
    Stunning work!! This is another living legend that needs to work more!!
  • RAW_D
    Are these guys retired? Or are the studios too cheap a$$ to hire them anymore? Cause this is what movie posters are needing. You appreciate the history of the pioneers of design to learn from them and grow your craft while attempting to evoke their originality.
  • Bo
    Excellent, Alex...just excellent. Guys my age in and around the film business knew of Perri, of course...as well as the great Saul Bass. Good to see a little film about Perri and his work. Very talented man and a very nice guy. Thanks again, Alex.




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