18 September 2012

Les Visiteurs du Soir DVD Menus

I also designed the sister release to Children of Paradise, Marcel Carné's Les Visiteurs du Soir. The setting for this one is mediaeval France. Toggling my design sensibilities between the two epochs made for one schizophrenic month! Again, the cover painting is by production designer Alexandre Trauner. The design choices here are largely informed by the illuminated manuscript which is featured in the title sequence of the film.

Children of Paradise DVD Menus

Here's a selection of DVD menu designs for The Criterion Collection's Children of Paradise. It's a two-part film spread over a two disc set (for the DVD at least) and it's packed with all kinds of extras which makes for a lot of screens. These are just a portion of them.

One of the challenges with this package was to interweave the whimsical sensibility of the Alexandre Trauner production painting which appears on the cover (as well as the theatrical re-release poster) with the film imagery. I stuck with type styles that were true of 19th century France and at the same time reflected of a certain 1940's aesthetic as well. The result is more storybook than history book which really seemed in accord with the movie.