Bill Condon / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
BROADCAST DESIGN | TYPOGRAPHY AND DESIGN FOR MOTION
Academy Award producer, and friend of Prologue, Bill Condon enlisted us to design and edit a best picture montage for the 81st Academy Awards. Condon’s theme for the ceremony was to celebrate – all – movies, not just the ones that had been nominated by the Academy that year. This vision is continued in the Best Picture montage, where each film is linked to classic films in history, but not necessarily films that won Best Picture. Each nominee is tied to previous films using the themes of the films as a connective tissue between them. For example, Slumdog Millionaire, a film about both racism and destiny, uses a clip from 12 Angry Men where a character goes on a racist tirade, and a clip from Forest Gump, where Forest asks his mother about destiny. This type of linking between classic films and contemporary nominee is repeated for the other four films, creating an intuitive revisit of the year’s best films and how they compare to cinema’s classics. Prologue’s Best Picture Nominee montage was very positively received, earning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing in 2009.