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yU + co Creates Title Graphics for ?The Interpreter

Design Team Translates Thought Into Type for Elegant Opener (May 18, 2005)

yU + co applied its conceptual design skills in a sensitive main title treatment for the most anticipated film of the year, The Interpreter. The studios design team collaborated with director Sydney Pollack on the spare title graphics which suggest suspense and intrigue, while elegantly evoking the films central theme of language.

The title graphics appear over the films opening scene which introduces Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman), a United Nations interpreter, and suggests how she becomes caught up in a plot to assassinate an African leader.

Because the narrative content of the scene is complex and critical to the plot, the graphics had to be woven into the fabric of the imagery in a seamless and unobtrusive manner. yU + cos design team selected a clean font for the graphics and created a distinctive manner for revealing them.


?We were very careful in our choice of typeface; we wanted something that would complement the films character as a very refined thriller, explained yU + co art director Yolanda Santosa. ?Ultimately, we selected a classic font because of its handsome look, readability, and because it associated well with suspense.

The design team applied a subtle visual effect to the title graphic itself. ?The characters ghost on, then recede gently into the background, Santosa noted. ?The technique suggests discovery, as a police detective solving a crime, as well as the ephemeral nature of language and the elusive quality of the interpreters art.

The physical placement of the titles was also done with great care. ?The sequence, which occurs primarily inside the United Nations Building, includes a lot of action and camera movement, and as a result it did not naturally lend itself to the placement of graphics, observed yU + co executive producer Claire OBrien. ?It required meticulous work and a good deal of experimentation, but the results are very good.

yU + co designers also created English subtitles for several scenes in the film involving foreign language dialogue.

Credits for yU + co go to  Garson Yu, Creative Director; Claire OBrien, Executive Producer; Ryan Robertson, Associate Producer; Yolanda Santosa, Art Director; Synderela Peng and Martin Surya, Typographers; Etsuko Uji, Animator; Zachary Scheuren, Editor/Inferno Artist.

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


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