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Ramsey McDaniel - A Title To Be Proud Of

BackToFrankBlack talk to Ramsey McDaniel, designer of Millennium's opening credits.

 

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Interview Info

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Interview Source:

This interview is courtesy of BackToFrankBlack.com.

Interview Date:

2009


Millennium Cast or Crew Interview:

This is a crew interview with Ramsey McDaniel / Storm Media.

Personal Trivia:

  • Ramsey McDaniel / Storm Media appeared in 67 episode/s of the Millennium television series.

Ramsey McDaniel - A Title To Be Proud Of



Millennium Profile image of Ramsey McDaniel / Storm Media.

Interview:

We at BackToFrankBlack.com are fascinated and inspired by all aspects of our beloved franchise both in front of the cameras and behind them. We were delighted when Ramsey McDaniel, title sequence designer on almost all of 1013's output, took the time not only to support the campaign but to speak exclusively to us about her time on Millennium and more besides. As always, our thanks and gratitude to her for affording us her friendship and time.

BACKTOFRANKBLACK.COM: When you began the process of designing the title sequence of 'Millennium' how much filming of the first season was completed? Is it essential that you have sufficient footage to view in order that you have a clear idea of the creative direction the show is taking?

RAMSEY MCDANIEL: First I had to get the job. I was a huge X Files fan and when I heard 1013 was coming out with Millennium I really wanted it. Chris had a less than perfect experience with his The X Files title and really wasn't interested in hiring a title designer. So, without a clue of the shows content, I made an elaborately collaged hand bound book and sent it to him. That got me an interview. I was given the script, Mark Snow's music, and had a discussion with Chris & Frank. At the next meeting I presented boards and a ripomatic (rough rendition composed of images borrowed (ripped off) from broadcast materials) that I had edited. That got me the job and we went into production about the same time the premiere episode began editing.

BTFB: Did you work independently of the production team, presenting your ideas for their critique or were you given a brief of their vision for the titles which you worked from? Was the evolution of the titles always linear or were a number of versions played with during the design process?

RM'D: I pretty much nailed it with the ripomatic. We worked in some more shots that were relevant to the show. The title covered lurking danger but Chris's credit image (woman on the bridge) was added to include the element of danger from oneself and how precarious life is.

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Interview Source:

This interview is courtesy of BackToFrankBlack.com.

Interview Date:

2009