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yU + co Comes in Under the Radar with ?Stealth

Studio Probes the Sinister Side of Secret Aircraft in Opener for New Columbia Release
Drawing inspiration from the super secret world of military aircraft, yU + co designed and produced main title and end credits for Columbia Pictures new action film Stealth. The studios design team, which re
cently received an Emmy nomination for the main title to Desperate Housewives, culled design elements from a futuristic aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence and produced a custom font for the film, whose smooth lines recall the cool sleekness of a Stealth fighter.

The main title sequence consists of a traveling shot through clouds?like the view of a fighter pilot. A series text graphics swoop through the frame, providing details of the films back story about an elite team of Navy pilots. A shape that could be a Stealth aircraft then appears on the horizon and moves swiftly toward camera. As it comes into focus, the slivery object breaks apart to form the letters of the title. Three real Stealth fighters then appear and burst through the type.

The tension inherent to the sequence recalls the tag line used in the films marketing campaign, ?Fear the sky. ?We wanted to give the audience a taste of the stress a pilot might feel while flying a dangerous mission, when a threat can arise at any instant, explained yU + co creative director Garson Yu. ?When a shape appears on the horizon, you immediately assume its a Stealth fighter, so when it turns out to be something else, there is a momentary sense of relief. The tension returns with added force when the real planes appear, seemingly out of nowhere.

The custom font used for the title became a lynchpin for the design. ?Like the Stealth planes, the font is wide and has a low profile, explained yU + co designer Yolanda Santosa. ?The characters are all formed from just four basic shapes, and are rounded in a manner similar to the curves of the plane. Our intent was to keep the design simple.

The talent credits are entirely reserved for the end of the film and yU + co provides audience members with a good reason to remain in their seats through a riveting display of motion graphics. Typography appears over cryptic images drawn from the radar scopes and other digital displays of a plane flown via artificial intelligence and dubbed the ?Extreme Deep Invader or ?Eddie.

?Eddie leant itself perfectly to our concept, observed yU + co designer/animator Etsuko Uji. ?We wanted something that suggested future technology, but it also had to be laden with emotion. The graphics have a sinister quality.

yU + co prepared the background imagery from CG elements that were created for the film. Artists digitally modified the supplied elements to create a unified look and produced typographic elements that are a seamless blend. ?It is very slick, modern and impactful, said yU + co executive producer Claire OBrien. ?It matches the dynamism of the film.

Credits for yU + co go to Garson Yu, Creative Director; Claire OBrien, Executive Producer; Ryan Robertson, Associate Producer: Yolanda Santosa, Designer/Typographer; Etsuko Uji, Designer/Animator; Nate Homan, 3D Artist; David Fogg, Shake Artist; Zachary Scheuren, Editor.

yU + co is located at 941 N. Mansfield Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038. For more information, call (323) 606-5050

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