Saturday, November 9, 2013

Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison is an English title-sequence designer from England and has designed the titles for films like Tim Burton's Batman, Sweeney Todd, Frankenweenie and others like Brazil, Run Lola Run, The Constant Gardener and about 150 others. What I like the most about his work is that you can see a clear connection between the titles and the narrative/themes of the movie. His designs don't seem to be too complicated animation-wise, but are very conceptual and efficient.

My favorite one is the opening sequence for the 1998 German film Run Lola Run. It's probably a more experimental approach but it directly relates to the themes of the movie and builds up in a way that it really sets the mood for the rest of the movie. There are 4 different "acts" in the sequence, each one with a very different style. Of course the technique is important and crucial in this piece, but what really sets it apart is the idea and the message it's trying to convey.

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