This project was produced to give future students of University of Southern California a taste of what the school has to offer.
I was the editor, animator, graphic designer, sound designer and one of three camera ops for this project.
“Doing a project about Milton Glaser tends to make one nervous,” said Ande La Monica, referring to his film about the prolific graphic designer.
Milton Glaser: Legacy is an intimate look at a great graphic designer, his process, and his work for a single client that spans over 50 years. This film is about Milton’s work for SVA and Silas Rhodes over a few decades. He talks about each poster and campaign along with a bit of back-story. “What is also good about this short film,” continued Ande, “is that it gives the audience insight into how human he is. People tend to deify Milton, and with good reason; he’s the Yoda of graphic design. But it is nice to see his human side; projects that worked, others that didn’t, and his reasons for doing things.”
The film focuses around a gallery exhibition curated by Steve Heller and Mirko Ilić. Steve Heller is very engaged in the world of design, authoring over one hundred books, and was the subject of Graphic Design's Biggest Fan, which we did a little while back. Together with Mirko, Steve put together a wonderful collection of Milton's posters including "I ♥ NY "and SVA's "Art Is...".
“Steve is a wonderful man and I’ll do anything for that guy," Ande said, adding,"if he needs a liver I’ll give it to him. Not sure he would want mine since I’ve been marinating it in Ketel One for ten years, but the offer stands."
"Mirko is also a fantastic guy and he was a great addition to the film. If you get the opportunity to buy him a drink, do so. He is great to talk to, amazingly knowledgeable, insightful, and has a wonderfully dry sense of humor. We are still trying to figure out what to do with his out-takes. They are hilarious.”