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About Kyle Cooper

For our second event this season we’re partnering with Philbrook to bring a motion-graphics legend to Tulsa. Kyle Cooper, founder of Prologue, is considered by many to be solely responsible for changing the public’s opinion of the opening sequence. He brought the opening sequence back to an art form, hailing  back to the times of Saul Bass’ titles.

Movie titles have often been known for their challenging subject matter. Designers are given a list of names and are supposed to somehow make people pay attention. But Kyle Cooper sees this challenge as an opportunity. For him, it’s a chance to make a work of art. It’s a chance to get the audience in the right “mood,” and to set the tone for the whole film.

Kyle Cooper started off studying graphic design at Yale University under the incomparable Paul Rand. After graduating, Cooper was working as creative director at R/GA when he started on a project that would catapult his reputation, and change the direction of title design completely. This project was the title sequence for the 1995 film, Se7en. Film blog Forget the Film, Watch the Titles says Cooper’s work was groundbreaking, and that it “changed the way we look and think about title design today and is arguably the most imitated main title ever made.”

Since then Cooper went on to co-found Imaginary Forces, a division of R/GA. After seven years, Cooper felt he was too involved in management, and so left to found his current design firm Prologue in 2003. Prologue now does motion graphic, game and interactive design and visual effects in addition to main titles. Overall, Cooper’s name is associated with over 30 title sequences, and counting. Enjoy more of his work below.

As you can see, Kyle Cooper is a drastically creative mind. His talk, “Prologue Process. Involving Others. Involving Yourself.” will begin at the Philbrook Museum at 7:00 pm, Thursday October 18. And don’t miss the social hour starting at 6:00! Which of Cooper’s title sequences do you like? Do you have a favorite sequence, Cooper’s or not?

Special Thanks to the sponsors of this event, This Land Press and OSU-IT.

 

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