I remembered some lovely animated typography this evening, went to see it again, and through the wonder of web 2.0 magic, I’d suddenly discovered a whole YouTube subculture of folks who are animating dialogue from films. Here’s the most impressive stuff I found.
Warning: none of it’s visually unsafe, but some of the audio is NSFW. Put your headphones on.
“Marcellus Wallace” from Pulp Ficiton
The one that started all of this for me. It went around in emails ages ago, and I’ve looked at it again and again ever since. By the talented Jarratt Moody, who has more goodies on his own site.
“Choose” from Trainspotting
Pretty wild mix of fonts here, but somehow it works, and the timing’s spot on.
“Nick the Greek” from Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Lovely feeling of 3D space, and the graphic illustrations add a bunch. The spelling could do with a check, though.
“The Rules” from Fight Club
The grungy background, wobbly camera and type make for a nice change.
“Jesus” from The Big Lebowski
One of the best speeches in the movie, and here the colours and layout express the different voices well. The background colour changes also create a good visual rhythm.
“The Perfect Girl” form The Wedding Crashers
I haven’t seen the movie, but the animations nice and smooth. But better than the type animation are the little object details, especially the “dating” table.
“Pancakes House” from Fargo
Love the palette, the textures also add a lot, but what really makes this one are the silhouette illustrations. I must however admit that I’m getting a little sick of Helvetica. Are students so conservative these days?
Last But Not Least…
I know, it’s not from a movie, but I found this so spectacularly well done that I just had to cram it in here.
I don’t do type animation, and likely never will, but I enjoy looking at it and am sure it gets different creative juices pumping in my head. Andy Budd reminded me that we web designers often live in a fenced in little world, and that we’re cheating ourselves of a world of inspiration. When you look over the fence, where do you look?