Made by Karin Fong:
Dead Man On Campus (1998)
The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
Karin Fong interview (2009)
God Of War III (2010)
Magic Trip (2011)
This Means War (2012)
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About Karin Fong:
Karin Fong is a director and designer based in New York City. A native Californian, Fong studied Art at Yale, with a concentration in Graphic Design. After successfully creating an animated alphabet book for her senior project, she began her career as an animator on the WGBH television program 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?' From that point forward, Karin was hooked on creating work that combines live action, design, and animation.
"Title sequences interested me from the beginning and had a part in luring me to RGA/LA, where I was hired by Kyle Cooper," says Fong in an interview with SubmarineChannel. RGA/LA eventually became Imaginary Forces (IF) in 1996. As one of the founding members of Imaginary Forces, Karin’s work spans the diverse worlds of entertainment, experience design, and advertising. "I probably do equal parts title design and tv spot directing nowdays," comments Fong in an email. She is currently based in New York City, where she works from IF's offices.
Among the numerous title sequences Fong directed are Dead Man on Campus, Daredevil, The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, The Mummy III: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Recent work includes the main title sequence of The Pink Panther 2 - a dream job for any title designer - and the opening titles and "machine vision" for Terminator Salvation. Her main titles for her main titles for the tv series Chuck was nominated for 2 Emmy's in 2008, winning one. In 2001 she received her first Emmy for her main titles for Masterpiece Theatre's "American Collection".
Recently named one the Top 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine, Karin has had work in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Artists Space, and The Wexner Center, as well as in numerous publications on film and design. Currently, Karin is on the faculty at the Yale School of Art where she teaches in the MFA program.
Karin Fong was one of the five guest speakers at the Flux/Forget the Film, Watch the Titles event in the Hammer Museum in L.A. on May 20, 2009.
See also: Karin Fong and Steve Fuller
A profile of Karin Fong at AIGA.
In 1996, RGA/LA - the West Coast division of RGA Digital Studios - changed its name to Imaginary Forces. The name was taken from Shakespeare's play Henry V: "And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work."
"We have spent a long time building and refining a brilliant creative and production team ... Keeping this group together as our own company is truly exciting," commented Kyle Cooper, IF co-founder and creative director, about the name change (Variety, Dec. 2, 1996). Cooper left IF in 2003 to start his own venture, Prologue Films.
One of the strong points of Imaginary Forces is the company's conceptual design strategy. A strategy that has proved to work for any market or platform. Most projects start with the design team thoroughly researching the subject or product.
Visit the website of Imaginary Forces