Kyle Cooper (Born July 1962) is a modern designer of motion picture title sequences.

Cooper studied graphic design under Paul Rand at Yale University. Early in his professional career, Cooper worked as a creative director at R/GA – an advertising agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles. During this period, Cooper created the title sequence for the 1995 American crime film Se7en, a seminal work which received critical acclaim  and inspired a number of younger designers. According to Cooper, at the time he made the title sequence for Seven, main title sequences were behind of what was happening in print, music videos and commercials. He wanted to create main titles that were raising the bar creatively.

In 1996, he co-founded Imaginary Forces – a creative agency that came out of the West Coast division of R/GA. “We have spent a long time building and refining a brilliant creative and production team … Keeping this group together as our own company is truly exciting,” commented Cooper about the name change. Too involved by the business-side of running a design company the size of Imaginary Forces, Cooper decided it was time for him to focus more on his creative work. He left Imaginary Forces. In 2003, Cooper founded the creative agency Prologue.

Prologue, initially located in Malibu, moved to offices in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, in 2008.

His work in the field of film title design is often compared to Saul Bass.

Cooper has also directed a feature film, New Port South (2001).


Cooper has worked on many title sequences for numerous games and movies. I’m already familiar with the Spider man movies, and n particular, love the soundtrack and style to the opening,  so I decided to look at some of the other titles, and compare against. I looked at all the movie openings that Cooper worked on, and my favorite has to be the Spider man one. the blend of the web, as the viewer travels along almost tells a story. The sequel movie utilizes a lot of comic book style images, which also tells the story well. Despite being an opening sequence, I feel that these add enormously to the movie – a boring opening title will most certainly deaden the excitement the viewer originally had. Personally, I feel that the Superman Returns (2006) is rather dull in comparison. I don’t think that the font that was used is particularly appropriate. The same font, albeit in a different color, appears to have been used for the Iron Man (2008) opening. However, while the Superman sequence is primarily changing titles across a fairly dark background, the Iron Man one is very much similar to Spider Man. It tells a story – in this case a perusal of the super powered suit. I’ve never realized the connection between the movies, but now it seems obvious, the style and design are, naturally, similar.

 

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