Get Hooked On Movie Titles: 1900 – Present

If you like movies it’s not hard to find pleasure in almost every aspect of them, which is what makes Christian Annyas’s Movie Title Stills Collection so fascinating.

Annyas gives the following description to his extremely well designed and addictive movie title obsessed website:

I’ve seen a lot of movies over the years, and to prove I’ve sat through at least the first ten minutes of them I started making screenshots of the titles. Then my computer crashed and I almost lost them all. To save them for future generations I created this little website.

In a matter of minutes I made the following graphic using only 45 of his many title screencaptures ranging from 1900-2009.

A collection of 45 title sequences from the Movie Title Stills Collection

Like I said, it’s highly addictive to browse through the collection, watching as films move from black-and-white to color in the 1950-1954 collection or how so many title sequences are slowly becoming just titles on a black screen as clearly evidenced by the 2005-2009 collection.

Early concept art for the Sherlock Holmes credit sequence
Photo: Prologue Films

You can follow Annyas’s work on Twitter and if movie titles and title sequences are your thing, might I also suggest Art of the Title, which currently has an impressive look at the end titles for Sherlock Holmes — a very cool sequence in itself — including the sequence, early concept art and an interview with with Danny Yount, creative director of the sequence from Prologue Films.

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