Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Each month Aurora Picture Show hosts a free educational video salon with a visiting curator and/or artist at the Aurora Picture Show Video Library. In November we were lucky enough to have artist, Peter Lucas join us. Lucas facilitated a one-hour discussion on the history of title sequences in film, which included sample excerpts from some popular titles.

Lucas presented a primer on those dynamic, first few minutes of the featured films that set the stage. At their best, these movie appetizers were great short films in and of themselves, combining elements of typography, animation, visual effects, still and live-action photography, music and sound, and clever editing. While it's largely ignored in historic overviews of both cinema and design, Lucas explained, this fringe history of creative, efficient, and often experimental movie intros have had a great impact on contemporary film, art and motion graphics. 

Lucas screened a selection of opening sequences that were created in the 1950s and 60s- the "golden age"- and discussed the interdisciplinary history. The clips that Lucas brought for us are listed below, along with their You Tube links (if they are available) in case you missed the salon.

      Kreise (Circles) (1933) Short film by Oskar Fischinger

      Man with the Golden Arm (1955)  Saul Bass

      Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Saul Bass

      Psycho (1960) Saul Bass

      Vertigo (1958) Saul Bass

      North by Northwest (1959) Saul Bass 

      Ocean’s Eleven (1960) Saul Bass 

      Dr. No (1962) Maurice Binder

      Charade (1963) Maurice Binder

      From Russia With Love (1963) Robert Brownjohn

      Goldfinger (1964)  Robert Brownjohn

      Nine Hours To Rama (1963) Saul Bass

      Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Wayne Fitzgerald

      Dr. Strangelove… (1963) Pablo Ferro

      To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) Stephen Frankfurt

      Seconds (1966) Saul Bass

      Alfie (end titles) (1966) Vic Singh & Harri Peccinotti 

      Billion Dollar Brain (1967) Maurice Binder

      Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Pablo Ferro

We want to thank the Brown Foundation for their support and Peter Lucas for coming and educating us on this fascinating topic. Aurora is proud to generate meaningful discussions that provide context and encourage media literacy. 

To all who missed November's salon, we hope to see you in December! Check our calendar!

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