Mr Wakefield's Crusade (1992)

Concept and creative process

The elegant typographic solution to the title sequence for 'Mr Wakefield's Crusade', a darkly comic murder mystery, was to create the opening title sequence as a beautifully foil-blocked roller caption, a type of caption normally reserved for the rolling endcredits. Alan Jeapes achieved a deceptively simple end result, that looks like a beautifully executed foil-blocked roller caption shot on a computer controlled rostrum camera. But closer analysis reveals that the whole sequence was probably entirely computer generated, enabling the designer, during the continuous panning movement, to control the seamless dissolves between the black type and the virtual gold-blocked type and also the lighting changes on the gold lettering and heraldic shields.

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