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ABC Movie of the Week opening sequence, created in 1969




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Published on Nov 28, 2006

Pre-CGI motion graphics, designed by Harry Marks. Accomplished with slitscan camera.

Music: "Nikki", by Burt Bacharach
Voice over: Dick ("Danger, Will Robinson!") Tufeld

"The info I can give you on Movie of the Week is from my perspective at ABC. I was head of On-Air Advertising (promo) at the time and Barry Diller had this idea for made-for-television movies, He named it "Movie of the Week" and created a new television format. He asked me to come up with a special title treatment for this new concept, and I enlisted someone I'd recently met, Doug Trumbull, whose last job was '2001, A Space Oddysey'.

"Doug had come to the office looking for work after working on 2001 for several years in England. I hadn't seen the movie, but he had the out-takes of the "Stargate" sequence with him. When I saw them I knew there had to be a way to transform Doug's brilliant abstractions into something that used typography. It worked and set the path for television graphics that followed."

- Harry Marks


"The slitscan camera was basically an animation stand on steroids. The camera was mounted on a track which moved toward a large slit, behind which back-lit artwork passed, for each exposure. The moving camera caused the artwork to "scan" in the third dimension. This was not computer graphics, but a camera trick."

- Mark Simonson


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