August 31, 2003

Type in Movies and Music

I recently came across these movie poster designers: Saul Bass, Corey Holms and Pablo Ferro.

Talk about typecasting. Trajan is sure stuck as the face of action. Jonathan Hoefler’s lovely Requiem was apparently used in Night Shyamalam’s Signs.

Woody Allen loves Windsor? via

The Italian Job: Univers Condensed 49, and 59.

Speaking of Italians. Here’s The Godfather making you an offer you can’t refuse.

Catch Me if you Can credits: NOT House industries Chalet New York 1980 but Ray Larabie’s Coolvetica! Cleverly identified here.

Jean Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie uses Champion from OptiFont, but you won’t find a preview on the site.

About a Boy: House Industries’ House Gothic Condensed Bold.

Planet of the Apes uses Simian, also from House.

Pirates of the Carribean: Caslon Antique, Mason

Movie title screens

Andrew Leman is a movie prop designer who makes his own fonts when he needs to “accurately replicate the look of older, non-digital printing technologies.” Great stuff. More fonts here.

Posted by Karen at August 31, 2003 12:51 AM in typography

Sundance was neither Windsor, nor Cantoria but Della Robbia, drawn originally for ATF by T.M. Cleland. via typophile.

Posted by: Karen at September 3, 2003 12:19 PM

question for the smarty pants - is the font designer credited in a movie’s end credits?

Posted by: jimster at September 3, 2003 11:30 PM

Of course not. Typography is the invisible art. Not that I’m the smarty pants.

Found Working Title Films btw. Think they did High Fidelity, starring John Cusack. But of course you knew that already, smarty pants.

Posted by: Karen at September 3, 2003 11:41 PM

Working Title Films are big in the UK, but are best known for their Coen Brothers films.

Posted by: jimster at September 3, 2003 11:49 PM

Pls start a new section for music

Posted by: JT at September 5, 2003 09:24 PM

check this out

Posted by: JT at September 5, 2003 09:26 PM

Wow, cool poster, we should get it.

Anyway, here’s something on type in music. I don’t have much to start though.

Ha, the two of us really makes it look like a forum.

Posted by: karen at September 6, 2003 10:07 AM

The title for Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas is based on Goodfellow from Scriptorium, which incidentally looks like a bold version of P22’s Victorian Swash.

Posted by: karen at September 11, 2003 10:45 AM

Cabernet Swash for Foxy Brown.

Posted by: Karen at November 1, 2003 01:26 AM

The Others, Casino, Stigmata and The Untouchables brilliantly identified here.

Posted by: Karen at February 5, 2004 01:57 PM

Shawshank Redemption

Posted by: Karen at February 5, 2004 01:59 PM

Hi all,
does anybody know what fonts were used in the title sequence for SE7EN?
I know that the fonts used for names like “Brat Pitt”
are handwritten.
But I can�t find out what fonts are used f.e. for “DIRECTED BY”.

Thanks in advance

Posted by: Rodrigo at March 6, 2004 11:33 PM

Hi, do you have an image of the font you’re trying to identify? I checked out but can’t find it. You might also have better luck at the Typophile Forums, Font ID thread. Those guys are maniacs!

Posted by: Karen at March 8, 2004 05:37 PM

Hi! I’ve been looking for “Fame” movie font. Anyone knows where i can find it? Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Romanq at March 8, 2004 11:52 PM

Someone has asked this before over at typophile. If you’re not looking for an exact match, try checking out some of the fonts over at Swishy Swashes. But you’ll need to redraw it. :)

Posted by: Karen at March 9, 2004 01:21 AM

Thanks for the link Karen.

Someone told me that it is Brody�s FF Blur.

best regards

Posted by: Rodrigo at March 9, 2004 04:11 AM

I take a break from the boxes to wander over to Tony’s office. As I walk in, I notice something pinned to his letterbox. “POSTMAN,” it reads. “Please put all mail in the white box under the colonnade across the courtyard to your right.”

It is not a remarkable note except for one thing. The typeface Tony used to print it is exactly the same typeface Kubrick used for the posters and title sequences of Eyes Wide Shut and 2001. “It’s Futura Extra Bold,” explains Tony. “It was Stanley’s favourite typeface. It’s sans serif. He liked Helvetica and Univers, too. Clean and elegant.”

“Is this the kind of thing you and Kubrick used to discuss?” I ask.

“God, yes,” says Tony. “Sometimes late into the night. I was always trying to persuade him to turn away from them. But he was wedded to his sans serifs.”

Tony goes to his bookshelf and brings down a number of volumes full of examples of typefaces, the kind of volumes he and Kubrick used to study, and he shows them to me. “I did once get him to admit the beauty of Bembo,” he adds, “a serif.”

taken from this great article, Citizen Kubrick

Posted by: Karen at March 30, 2004 01:09 AM

Silentina the font for silent movies.

Posted by: Karen at July 12, 2004 04:14 PM

Royal Tenenbaum’s World of Futura: Mark Simonson gives the film 5 stars for it’s use of type.

Posted by: Karen at December 2, 2004 10:14 AM

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cpu booster

Posted by: Marina at April 28, 2006 04:16 AM

wonderful new film ‘The Science of Sleep’ by Michel Gondry. I would really love to know if it is a font, or frame by frame hand drawn animation font. You can view it at Apple/quicktime

I think it is handcrafted frame by frame.

Posted by: Luisa Franco at September 8, 2006 09:03 AM

thanks for the heads up, didnt know the movie trailer was out already! The titles look hand drawn though.

It’s great Gondry has done a European film this time round rather than a hollywood picture, if you know what i mean.

Posted by: jimmy at September 10, 2006 09:55 PM
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