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Who is Pablo Ferro?

Who is Pablo Ferro?

This is indeed an intriguing find. A teaser for an up and coming feature length animated documentary on Pablo Ferro.

Pablo Ferro (born January 15, 1935) is a graphic designer and film titles designer.

Pablo Ferro is the least-known of the great title sequence designers. He was born in Antilla, Oriente Province, Cuba. He was raised there on a remote farm until emigrating to New York with his family as a teen.

He has been hailed as a genius by director Stanley Kubrick and has established himself in film for more than three decades as a director, editor, producer and title designer. He has been creating title sequences since the dawn of Saul Bass’s era and is still making title sequences today, his most recent being Iowa in 2005.

Ferro's single best known credit is Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, for which Ferro provided his distinctive hand-drawn titles and assembled an offbeat, almost avant-garde trailer. He has also designed titles for films including The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Beetlejuice (1988), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Good Will Hunting (1997). Ferro started work professionally as a comic book artist in 1953.

Ferro is known as an early master of quick-cutting and for using multiple images within one frame, a technique later taken up by Kyle Cooper. Ferro has worked with high-tech and optical techniques. His trademark hand-drawn lettering is yet another technique that quite obviously had an influence on Kyle Cooper's work.

Recently he has received the Daimler Chrysler Design Award on October 28, 1999, and the Art Directors Hall of Fame Award in October 2000.

Dr. Strangelove: or How I Stopped Worrying and Loving the Bomb
Pablo Ferro designed this opening sequence for Stanley Kubrick's Dr.Strangelove, featuring phallic imagery of U2 bombers refueling in the air. Clever placement of text and creative use of typography.
* Also notice the typo there just below the title of the movie, it is "Base on the book" instead of "Based on the book". Kubrick pointed that out to Pablo after the movie was released but it was too late.

Watch the teaser here

Quick Cuts, Coarse Letters, Multiple Screens: An exhaustive study of Pablo Ferro's title designs



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