Projectionists! Pull Curtain Before Titles

"Saul Bass + Flying Lotus + 2001: A Space Odyssey" (Fall 2012)

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An alternative title sequence for Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," stylistically inspired by the motion graphics work of Saul Bass set to the music of trip-hop artist and Producer Flying Lotus.

As part of an experimental animation class we were asked to design alternative title sequences for an existing film inspired by the style and legacy of Saul Bass. Bass, grandfather of filmic title design, says "for the average audience, the credits tell them there’s only three minutes left to eat popcorn. I take this ‘dead’ period and try to do more than simply get rid of names that filmgoers aren’t interested in. I aim to set up the audience for what’s coming; make them expectant." In this alternative title sequence, iconic images and forms from 2001: A Space Odyssey are animated in the caricatured and playful style of Saul Bass. The soundtrack, a sample from Flying Lotus's epic, electronic "Cosmogramma" album, complements both the graphics of Saul Bass and the sci-fi themes in 2001. Some images in the piece are inspired by the "Cosmogramma" cover art.

1920x1080; 29.97fps; HD; AAC audio

Directed and animated by Zein Nakhoda

This is a completed work.

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FMST013 Student Project / Swarthmore College / Prof. Erica Cho / October 2012

Alternative opening title sequence to 2001: A Space Odyssey, inspired by the work of Saul Bass, to the music of Flying Lotus.

By Zein Nakhoda

Music by Flying Lotus
"Nose Art", Cosmogramma (2010)

Adobe After Effects CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Final Cut Pro 7

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"PROJECTIONISTS - PULL CURTAIN BEFORE TITLES" — Text from note attached to film reel cans for THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (dir. Otto Preminger) in 1955.

“For the average audience, the credits tell them there’s only three minutes left to eat popcorn.…


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"PROJECTIONISTS - PULL CURTAIN BEFORE TITLES" — Text from note attached to film reel cans for THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (dir. Otto Preminger) in 1955.

“For the average audience, the credits tell them there’s only three minutes left to eat popcorn. I take this ‘dead’
period and try to do more than simply get rid of names that filmgoers aren’t interested in. I aim to set up the audience for what’s coming; make them expectant.” — SAUL BASS

The second project in FMST13: Experimental Animation course taught by Erica Cho. Swarthmore College Fall 2012.

Objective: Make a 30-second motion graphic title sequence that alters or interprets the experience and meaning of a released film.

Rules:
1. Video: Limit to simple, geometric shapes, using only monochromatic tones.
2. Audio: Select one song for the soundtrack (not from the original film).

Software: After Effects, Sound Editing application.

Time Frame = 5 weeks
Due = Thursday, 10/25/12

Sources:
Saul Bass Title Sequences
annyas.com/screenshots/saul-bass-title-sequences/

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