Saul Bass-style animated credit sequences are online hit
Friday 21 May 2010
Graphic designers have been making a viral splash online with retro minimalist redesigns of classic movie posters. Examples of their work, frequently compared to the seminal designs of Saul Bass, were recently published on this website (goo.gl/2hOv).
Now, thanks to a mention in the Slashfilm movie blog, a pair of Saul Bass-style animated credit sequences – by a designer calling himself Hexagonall – has received great attention online. One was for the 1982 movie Tron, the other for the TV show Lost (goo.gl/SWD1).
Lost has been a favourite for the retro treatment. One YouTube wag mashed up its opening titles in the style of the sub-Dallas soap opera Santa Barbara (goo.gl/ycKm).
Another won a Comic-Con convention competition by cutting a version of the credit sequence as if the show were created in 1967 as "a campy sci-fi action series" (goo.gl/YTv3) – rather than in 2004 as a campy sci-fi action series. But that's exactly the thing that lends Lost to 1960s-style makeovers: it has the feel of a classic Saturday afternoon serial.
This is not surprising, perhaps, when you consider that its key creator was JJ Abrams, a man responsible for reviving the kitschy serial on both TV (producing Lost for Gilligan's Island fans, Alias for Mission: Impossible fans, and Fringe for Twilight Zone fans) and film (producing Star Trek for, er... Star Trek fans).
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