Kyle Cooper has directed and produced hundreds of film title and VFX sequences. Details magazine credits Cooper with “almost single-handedly revitalizing the main title sequence as an art form.” Cooper founded Prologue Films in 2003, a finalist in the 2008 National Design Awards, and named and co-founded Imaginary Forces in 1996. Cooper has five Emmy Award nominations and one win for his work on the 81st Annual Academy Awards. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale school of Art (where he studied independently with Paul Rand), a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London. A list of titles by Prologue include: X-Men: First Class, The Help, THOR, Tron Legacy, The Walking Dead, Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Argo and many, many more.
Kyle took to the Main Stage in 2012 to deliver an astonishing run through his work and his ideas.
It’s worth catching up on this Wired article from 2004 to get some more context.
Directors don’t call on Cooper for a signature style; they hire him to dig under the celluloid and tap into the symbolism of a film. That aptitude first became apparent in 1995, with the abrasive and highly stylized intro to David Fincher’s Se7en. In it, the letters – hand-scratched by Cooper with a needle onto film stock, frame by painstaking frame – disintegrate to the industrial rhythms of a remix of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.” The oft-imitated setup perfectly captured the addled mind of the movie’s serial killer and set the tone for the entire film.
Stay tuned to the blog for another Kyle Cooper update shortly!