With the creation of mobile devices and video-sharing websites short films have grown from obscurity to become a predominate form of entertainment around the world.

TnT (Titles and Trailers) will focus on film trailers and title sequences as complete short films within themselves. Title sequences are often free-standing segments created for or by a film’s director for the purpose of presenting information that has little or nothing to do with the story you are about to see, but is designed to dictate the film’s stage, tone or mood.

With the exception of independent films, trailers were seldom created by a film’s own director. Outside parties were hired to create a short interpretation from the film itself or from unused elements. — Cory McAbee, our evening’s host and curator

Opening Titles:
High Noon, 1952 Directed by Fred Zinneman
Soylent Green, 1973 Directed by Richard Fleischer
Lilith, 1964 Directed by Robert Rossen
Oscar, 1991 Directed by John Landis
Do The Right Thing, 1989 Directed by Spike Lee
The Hunger, 1983 Directed by Tony Scott
Naked Lunch, 1991 Directed by David Cronenberg
101 Dalmatians, 1961 Directed by Stephen Herek
My Neighbor Totoro, 1988 Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Quantum of Solace, 2008 Directed by Marc Forster
Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 1969 Directed by Ian MacNaughton

Trailers:

Naked Lunch, 1991 by David Cronenberg
The Hustler, 1961 by Robert Rossen
Paper Moon, 1973 by Peter Bogdanovich
Quest For Fire, 1981 by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, 1982 by Carl Reiner
Psycho, 1960 by Alfred Hitchcock

McAbee’s Films:
The American Astronaut Trailer
The American Astronaut opening title sequence
Stingray Sam Trailer
Stingray Sam opening title sequence
Stingray Sam end titles-episode 6

Misc:
Little Red Riding Rabbit (Bugs Bunny), 1944 Directed by Friz Freleng
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Lick My Decals Off, Baby (advertisement) 1971 Directed by Captain Beefheart

Special thanks to Cullen Gallagher and Photoplay Video and DVD.


Cory McAbee

Cory McAbee was born in northern California. He has no formal education beyond high school. He spent the first twelve years of his adult life working as the head of security in bars, nightclubs and strip joints throughout San Francisco. During this period he became self-taught in several artistic disciplines.

In 1989 McAbee formed the musical group The Billy Nayer Show with his friend and producer Bobby Lurie. During this time McAbee created their first film, an animated short entitled, Billy Nayer. Since that time McAbee has written, directed and starred in such films as The American Astronaut (2001) and Stingray Sam (2008). Both films feature music created by his band.


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