Originally posted on August 27th, 2006
The first 200 inches of credits, on their side
I will never look at the end credits of a movie the same way again. I just spent 10 hours typesetting the end credits for Tarsem’s new film The Fall. It took an army of people to make this movie. And muscular passports. Tarsem shot this movie in Britain, South AFrica, India, Bali, Romenia, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Italy, Bali, Spain, China, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, and Cambodia. Sheesh!
I had to assemble this thing in two separate files. Why two separate files? Because InDesign CS2 tops out at 216 inches file height. Which I actually thought was oddly impressive. Now, the way to get an InDesign file into Photoshop is via Acrobat, which won’t go higher than 200 inches. OK. Fine. Unfortunately, Photoshop seems to draw the line somewhere below 200 and squeezes the resulting file, making my condensed font into an extended font. It’s as if the design fell victim to a Looney Tunes steamroller. I’ll have to split the thing into more parts to get what I need.
Well, this is all getting very technical and I don’t want to bore you. Suffice it to say that some days it’s about art and other days it’s about bending the machine to do one’s bidding. But it’s worth it. I like learning new tricks. Plus. badly typeset end credits are a pet peeve of mine, so I’m happy to do it right on this film. These credits will be very, very simple—just a white on black scroll—but dammit, they’ll be well set. It’s the little things…
I hope that you’re having a lovely, mellow weekend. While you’re lounging, please remember that 344 LOVES YOU