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Film Title Sequence Design plays an important part in our enjoyment of a movie but on a subconscious level, much in the same way as does the film’s musical score. 

This offer is for the design, production and printing of a book entitled: STAR WARS to THE AVIATOR and everything in between, The Film Title Sequence Designs and Adventures of Dan Perri. 

The cover depicts a light box with five 35mm filmstrips and a magnifier — the basic elements of the film process employed by Dan Perri every day of his professional career.  (The filmstrips and the 70mm business card are shown actual size).  The filmstrips show the logo designs of 27 films presented throughout this book.

Hi, I'm Dan Perri. I have worked in the Hollywood motion picture business for 40 years designing nearly 300 special main title sequences for feature films and television shows. For several years, I have wanted to produce a book on my film work to share with film lovers and film students. This book covers 27 film titles and will be presented as storyboards from the title sequence images with accompanying text and commentary relating my journey in working in this field and my process in creating the title sequences. Included in the book will be details and anecdotes from working with such titans of the film industry as directors Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Robert Altman, Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg and William Friedkin, among others. 

There are many stories about working with some of the most creative and famous directors in the business on such award-winning films as: Star Wars, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, Taxi Driver, Airplane, Raging Bull, The Exorcist, Blood Simple, Nashville and more. The book will be approximately 200 pages and will be 12.5” square with an embossed and specially printed and coated cover. The printing will be 4-color throughout of the highest quality with a hard-bound cover in true coffee table book style. 

To accomplish this task, I will need $98,000.00 to print 3,500 copies.  If we raise more than our target goal we will consider printing additional copies. 

In the introduction to my book, Film Title Sequence Designs, renowned Film Critic, LEONARD MALTIN, says, “I’ve always been a sucker for a great opening title sequence... Then there’s the work of Dan Perri, whose fingerprints are harder to detect because each of his concepts exists to serve the movie, not to call attention to itself. If there is one unifying link within his body of work it is his love of typefaces. He has commissioned veteran typesetters to manufacture actual lead type to match his designs, and even used ancient typeface blocks to create the opening for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, which he photographed himself on a picnic table in his back yard.”    

In this long-overdue book you will learn how many of his most famous opening sequences came about, from Taxi Driver to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and how he executed them in the old-school, pre-digital era. Even the infamous scrolling introduction to Star Wars was hand-rigged and photographed, repeatedly, before it looked the way he envisioned.”

Dan Perri created original film logo designs for: ORION PICTURES, THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN COMPANY, the original LION’S GATE logo, DEF PICTURES and the HEMDALE FILM CORPORATION. A special MIRAMAX / INITIAL ENTERTAINMENT / TOUCHSTONE PICTURES combined logo was requested by Martin Scorsese for use only on the domestic release of GANGS OF NEW YORK. Mr. Perri was nominated for an Emmy Award for his creation of the main title sequence for LOVE AMONG THE RUINS, an ABC Circle Television Movie.

Dan’s work has been featured in articles in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, SUNDAY MAGAZINE, ‘OSCARS ISSUE 2009,’ and feature articles in THE NEW YORK TIMES Arts and Leisure section, PREMIERE MAGAZINE, FILM COMMENT, AMERICAN FILM MAGAZINE, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, VISUAL FX MAGAZINE and numerous Canadian newspapers.

Dan has also appeared in television interviews on Showtime’s MOVIE TELEVISION magazine show and Canada’s MOVIE TIME magazine show. Dan has produced and presented programs on Main Title Design for THE TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL, The MONTREAL FILM FESTIVAL, The GRAPHIC DESIGN FESTIVAL at Monterrey, Mexico and THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL (Filmex).

He has lectured on his work to film classes at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, USC Film School, Art Center College of Design, The UCLA Film School, Woodbury University, George Washington University Film School and The American Film Institute Seminar Film Programs in Washington DC., Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. His was the ‘highlighted’ presentation in an exhibition of Main Title Design at the OTIS ART INSTITUTE of the PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Los Angeles. Most recently, Dan presented two programs on his work at The Offset International Design Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Risks and challenges

This project has the full attention and cooperation of the author Dan Perri, the graphic designer, Mark Heliger and the publisher, William Dorich at gmbooks.com.

The project has been budgeted three times and the author feels proper attention has been paid to costs. Once we achieve our financial goal the project will take about 60-70 days to complete the design of the book, printing and binding it. Our only challenge is getting scheduled with the printer and bindery. We cannot lock in a schedule until the finances have been paid for their services. The publisher of this book has 30 years of experience with over 500 titles. GM Books' production of Witness to War: Images of the Persian Gulf War for the Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize and 7 of the books published by GM have been Best Sellers.

Once the books have been printed and bound we anticipate the fulfillment and shipment of the rewards within 10 days, and based on delivery address, books should arrive within 12 days. All of the rewards include freight costs.

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    70mm Business Card

    Dan Perri's 70mm film business card, as seen on the book's cover and mentioned on my website and a link to my newsletter during book production.

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    An autographed book, card, documentary and a Blu-ray copy of Dan's feature film, Sharkskin and a set of 35mm film strips from the book's cover.

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    Dan and Title Design Program

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    Everything in the offering plus a pair of tickets to the 3-day event, Offset International Design Conference in Dublin, Ireland, March, 2018. (Ticket value - $1200)

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    Film Title Design by Dan Perri

    Autographed book, Blu-Ray copy of Dan's 76-minute Film Title Design program. Film strips from cover, copy of Dan's film, Sharkskin. Cloth covered box with the name of buyer in gold foil.

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