Sunday, June 10, 2012
Making the Opening Titles of "Dark Shadows"
Richard Morrison created the opening titles for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. This was Morrison's third collaboration with the director, having previously worked on Batman (1989) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) with him.
A short article from the website Dexinger has words from Morrison, who explained how he used footage shot by Tim Burton himself to get a sense of the design of the opening titles, settling on the Benguiat typeface to set the mood.
"Tim shot this long sequence where Bella Heathcote, who plays a young nanny, is travelling on a train through the New England brownwoods," commented Richard Morrison. "It's a beautiful bit of footage that sweeps the audience from the landscape right into the compartment of the speeding train.
"After looking at different treatment, we decided to keep things really simple and work with type to evoke the mood. Benguiat has a lovely feel that's reminiscent of 70's TV shows. And together with the music score, we arrived at a very simple opening, but one that's quite unsettling, which captures the essence of the film."