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TITLES / 2nd UNIT | Moving Target - Part 2
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MAIN TITLE MONTAGE


 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum

A sampler’s plate of our main title work. There’s something for every taste: The Gulf War, the Holocaust, conflict diamonds, Viagra, samurai warriors, out-of-work businessmen, dysfunctional families, dead people, and even icky bugs.*

If you’d like to see some of these scenes in their full unedited glory click here.

* No actual bugs were squished during the filming of this sequence.

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LOVE & OTHER DRUGS MAIN TITLESxxx

 

Designer/Supervisor Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio 20th Century Fox
Director Edward Zwick

Probably you’re saying to yourself: “If the movie is about a Viagra salesman, shouldn’t the titles be in a Viagra-style font?” Well, that’s how we felt — at first. After all, it’s the obvious choice. Which is exactly why director Ed Zwick argued against it. In the end, he got his way and rescued the title sequence from devolving into a silly — and obvious — joke. Thank goodness for directors with taste.

As with the rest of the movie, there’s a lot of invisible effects work going on (Jake Gyllenhaal’s bloody nose, for instance). If you want to see more, click here.

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THE COMPANY MEN MAIN TITLESxxx

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio The Weinstein Company
Director John Wells

Despite its simplicity, this sequence was quite an ordeal. Lots of cuts, recuts and general fiddling with the video clips. Thanks to ace editor Rob Frazen the credits have a gradually accelerating tempo which gives the whole scene a wonderful sense of anticipation. Always great when the titles can set the scene and the mood.

In case you didn’t notice (and we’re hoping you didn’t), the shot of Ben’s car arriving at the GTX Building is a matte painting. For more of our Company Men effects work, watch this.

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MEN IN BLACK MAIN TITLES

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Columbia Pictures
Director Barry Sonnenfeld

Director Barry Sonnenfeld had the general idea — adventures of a flying bug — but allowed us the freedom to fill in the details. What fun. Technically the sequence is something of a hybrid. The intrepid dragonfly is an early experiment in digital creature animation, while the background is a combination of miniatures (complete with 1/12 scale traffic), matte paintings, day-for-night shooting at Vasquez Rocks, and a desert-dressed parking lot. Of all our Adventures in Main Titleland, this is the one I’m most proud of. Until the next one, of course.

By the way, the scene was originally cut to Jerry Lee Lewis’ rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” I still hear it whenever I watch.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW COACH CHASExxx

 

2nd Unit Director Alan Munro
Studio Paramount
Director Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton and I have always shared a love for the Hammer horror films of the 60s. What a thrill to actually shoot one — and in England no less. And what a logistical nightmare. The forest was built inside an aircraft hangar — just long enough for the coach to get up to speed. Add to that, the ceiling was only 22 feet high — the horseman’s swinging sword was barely missing the lights. As a result, every edit is pretty much the entire usable piece of film; on the next frame you’re seeing off the set. Painstaking, but worth it. A childhood dream come true.

For a further sampling of my Sleepy Hollow 2nd Unit work, click here. Or if you’d rather look at previous collaborations with Mr. Burton, check this out.

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DEFIANCE MAIN TITLES

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Paramount Vantage
Director Edward Zwick

It started as an abstract Saul Bass title treatment. But very quickly we realized the movie needed a short prologue — something to explain who, what, and where. Quite a challenge to condense World War II into five title cards and a half dozen images. After four months of snooping through the world’s most depressing film archives, we managed to get there. Gruesome but very rewarding. By the way, we also shot a lot of the second unit on the flm. Check it out here.

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COURAGE UNDER FIRE MAIN TITLESxxx

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio 20th Century Fox
Director Edward Zwick

An oldie but a goodie. We scoured every news agency for Gulf War stock footage. Nobody wanted to license the rights. What a nightmare! Our biggest headache: the director, Ed Zwick wanted a voice clip of Peter Arnett, CNN’s man on the ground in Baghdad. Trouble was, CNN wouldn’t give us clearance. So we called him up and recorded him over the phone. Thanks, Peter.

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DEFIANCE POLICE SHOOT OUT

 

2nd Unit Director Alan Munro
Studio Paramount Vantage
Director Edward Zwick

No sets here. The police station, interior and exterior, was located just outside Vilnius, Lithuania (spitting distance from where these events actually took place). Every part of this sequence was achieved in camera — the muzzle flashes, the squib hits, even the stuttered-image photographic effect. The last shot — the car headlights through the trees — wasn’t planned; I snatched it as the car turned around. You take ‘em where you can get ‘em.

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DANGEROUS BEAUTY MAIN TITLESxxx

 

Designer/Supervisor Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Warner Brothers
Director Marshall Herskovitz

A simple title sequence set in the world’s most beautiful city, populated with boatloads of half-naked beautiful women. What’s not to like? Seriously, this is a personal favorite. Gallons of perspiration was shed over the relationship between the images, the music, the voice-over, and the credits; I think it shows. Also, it’s got a really nice matte painting of 16th Century Venice. Not many people have seen this film, which is a shame.

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