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Film Title Sequences as Art

From “James Bond” to “The Pink Panther” to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the opening title sequence of a film remains an integral moment in powerfully setting the tone of what will soon unfold.

Film Title Art

Like every other aspect of a film, the title sequence has of course evolved and reinvented itself over the decades, from the era of silent film, in which title sequences were often a series of cards that were photographed and incorporated, and gave context and cues to what was happening onscreen, to the current digital landscape of technology converging with design.

Then title sequence designers became more creative and experimental, with the golden era of film title sequences considered by critics to be in the 1960s.

This interesting New York Times article gives a nice, comprehensive glimpse into the history of opening titles in film.

Designers and film historians have continued to help create a canon for the opening title sequences —

This cool film gives a fresh take on the history of the title sequence in film.

Original movie title artworks are rare in the auction world, and many superior pieces have sold for up to almost $200,000 each at Profiles in History.

We are excited to have three unique pieces of original film title Art from some of Hollywood’s most classic films.


Original movie title art filmed in the opening of the 1955 musical film ”Oklahoma!”

film title art


Mel Brooks hand-painted glass title art plate filmed for the opening credits of his classic comedy ”Young Frankenstein”

film title art

This hand-painted film title art is exemplar of the 1974 film’s use of stylistic elements from the original much earlier ”Frankenstein” movies it parodied, along with its use of black and white film.

Lettering reads in full, ”Directed By / Mel Brooks”, painstakingly rendered in grey paint in a calligraphy style, with additional design embellishments to the M and B.

Original movie title art crediting John Wayne for ”How the West Was Won”.

film title art

This pane of glass is hand-painted ”John Wayne” in western-style lettering in yellow, black and orange against a reproduction of the background illustrated with a western scene.

Each piece is distinctive in its typeset, coloring and background.

If you are looking to auction, buy, consign or sell film title art or any other movie memorabilia, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com.


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