Guy Maddin's The Forbidden Room  (and its mad title sequence)

I just heard about Guy Maddin's new film, The Forbidden Room; then watched the trailer, then watched an interview, and now I am ready to declare that Guy Maddin is one of my absolute favourite Canadians. Truly. I never use this word, but in this case it fits - he's AWESOME.

Awesome

adjective

1.

causingorinducingawe; inspiringanoverwhelmingfeelingof reverence,admiration,orfear:

an

awesome

sight.

2.

exhibiting

or

marked

by

awe;

showing

reverence,

admiration,

or

fear.

3.

Slang.veryimpressive:

That

new

white

convertible

is

totally

awesome.

See? Right!

I think I've now seen everything he's created, at least what's available for us all to see that he's created. I'm sure there are some dark, secret projects that have never seen the light of day (imagine how dark!).

This post (my posts have almost become one every six months since Instagram stole my attention - gah) could not fit the theme of this blog better - madly creative typography.

Below is the teaser trailer that features nothing other than, yes, typography - a parade of strange and wonderful chemically burned, tuned for low attention spans, shifting and shifting again, referential but beautifully crafted title credits. Maddin's long time design collaborator Evan Johnson has achieved his Guy Maddin title masterpiece here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nqRS204bBA

If you haven't discovered Guy Madden, hurry up and go discover him right now.

Here's a very good Cinema Scope interview, with Madden and Evan Johnson together

And an interview with Evan Johnson alone, from the great Art of the Title site.

And here's the full trailer for the film. Madcap! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHPid6AC6tM