Michael Riley interview
designer: Michael Riley • studio: Shine Studio • 2 comments
In 2010, Shine's creative director Michael Riley received his third Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design for his title sequence for the HBO feature Temple Grandin. We visited Riley at the Shine studio in L.A., where he talks about the “golden handcuffs” of optical compositing, and he takes us through the design process of his main titles for Gattaca (1997), and recent movies The Back-Up Plan and Temple Grandin.
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Michael Riley has been designing main titles since 1991 - the era of optical compositing and analogue animation techniques. Before joining Shine as creative director, Riley worked with Kyle Cooper at R/GA, and he was partner and creative director at Imaginary Forces. In 2010, Riley received his third Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design for HBO's feature Temple Grandin.
Other main titles designed by Riley include movies such as Along Came A Spider, Kung Fu Panda, Band of Brothers, Standoff, Mad Money, and Taking Chance. And he designed or creative directed title sequences for several popular TV series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Ally McBeal, Criminal Minds, and Modern Family, to name but a few.
Temple Grandin title sequence, concept 1 (exerpt), Michael Riley/Shine
Temple Grandin title sequence, concept 3 (exerpt), Michael Riley/Shine
Temple Grandin title sequence, concept 7 (exerpt), Michael Riley/Shine
This interview is the second in a new series of 9 video interviews with title designers, taken from our brand-new Watch the Titles 2 DVD-set, which is out now.
This DVD and this interview was made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Foundation, SNS REAAL Fonds and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Lat update: 19 January 2011
Year of production
About Michael Riley
Michael Riley is the creative director of Shine, a creative design studio in LA. He has been directing and designing film and television main title sequences, theatrical trailers, television commercials and corporate identity packages since 1991. He has designed main title sequences for Traitor, Signs, Mad Money, and television title sequences for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Blade: The Series, Criminal Minds, Karen Sisco, Ally McBeal, Saturday Night Live, and many more. "I was very happy to work for DreamWorks on Kung Fu Panda. Maybe Gattaca, for Andrew Niccol; Band of Brothers for Steven Spielberg; or Standoff for Fox; or 21st Century for The United Nations," Riley answered, when asked what title sequences he is most proud of.
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Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
Michael Riley, Bob Swenson and everyone at Shine, L.A.