Kyle Cooper has directed over 150 film title sequences, and has been credited with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main-title sequence as an art form”. He is the founder of two internationally recognized film design companies, Imaginary Forces and Prologue Films. Cooper earned a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art, where he studied independently with Paul Rand. Cooper is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and holds the honorary title of Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Cooper’s former production company, Imaginary Forces, takes its name from a line in the prologue of William Shakespeare’s ‘King Henry the Fifth’: “And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work.” The decision to take the name of the company from this prologue is based on the idea that opening titles/credits (Cooper’s main area of expertise) often act like a prologue to a film. Cooper himself claims to be a big fan of Kenneth Branagh‘s Henry V (1989).
He created the Marvel Comics “Flip Book” Logo panel that was first introduced during the opening of the original Spider-Man movie, for which he did the titles. It has since been used in many subsequent Marvel-based films, and according to Laura Ziskin, producer of Spider-Man, received an ovation from the audience during the movie’s premiere.
The Art Of The Title Sequence w/ Kyle Cooper
I think Cooper shows an excellent understanding and knowledge of his work and also the purpose is expressed excellently. Clearly he also shows that there is so much more to words than just any plane type.
I recently came across this interview, Kyle Cooper describes why he chose the specific typography for the film ‘Se7en’, ‘his love for the imperfection of things handmade’ and Typography. It was well worth watching and as I am studying Typography at this time, I found this interview very useful. http://www.watchthetitles.com/articles/00170-Kyle_Cooper_interview_pt_1_2