Yahoo! Movies has the first four minutes of Peter Berg’s “The Kingdom” online, which provides a “fly-by” timeline of the U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia.
Movie credits have come a long way from simple scrolling lists of creative and production talent. The previous work of graphic designers like Saul Bass and creative agencies like R/GA have transformed the title sequence from a pedestrian information list into a mini art form. (For a good historical overview, see Type In Motion: Innovations in Digital Graphics by Jeffrey Bellantoni and Matt Woolman.)
The opening of “The Kingdom” combines informative content with dazzling visuals, great music (by Danny Elfman), and impeccable pacing. This is what motion graphics is all about. Take a look:
[Via Adobe’s John Nack]
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