I get daily emails from Thrillist and inside I get told about some interesting links. There’s Car Pong where you can complain about how terrible drivers are as long as you remember their license plate. There’s Film Gator that can put the movies you viewed into a timeline. There’s Flick Picks where you create your own mock theater, pick the number of screens per film that come from a list and when the box office report comes out you get a point for each million that the films you’ve chosen get. Now I got a link to a really awesome idea that someone spent many waking hours to create. It’s Movie Title Still Collection. It is freakin’ awesome!
There are title screens for movies from as early as1903 to as late as 2009. There isn’t EVERY single movie from EVERY single year, but there is an extensive list, none-the-less. Christian Annyas created the website and says the following about why he did:
I've seen a lot of movies over the years, and to prove I've sat through at least the first ten minutes of them I started making screenshots of the titles. Then my computer crashed and I almost lost them all. To save them for future generations I created this little website.
A big THANK-YOU to Annyas for taking time out of his life to create this great accession to film history. Annays also does web design and if this website is any indication, he’s pretty darn good at it. The website has a 1950’s drive-in feel to it. Navigation is very smooth and the entire thing is easy on the eyes. There are a lot of images so if your connection’s not so good it might take a while to load the pages.
There are three letters that appear under a Movie Title Still and they are a combination of S E and T. Sometimes there are two T’s.
S - Screenshot of the Movie Title from the actual movie.
E – End screenshot of the film. Mainly for films that use to say THE END.
T – Trailer Movie Title Screenshot.
T – If there is another trailer with a different looking Movie Title this would be that screenshot.
There is also a link to www.amazon.com to purchase the film if it is available.
Apparently there is an idea that anyone can come up with that’ll be awesome to many others or a complete and utter waste of life to still many others, but to me I think it was a fantastic use of time. Looking at all the screenshots of the title pages of hundreds of movies shows the many different personalities that each film displays via their title. Even though a film might be crappy they still have a unique (hopefully) way of displaying the title of the film.
So what are you waiting for? Click on the link, visit and get lost in decades past at how BIGGER THAN LIFE the titles were compared to now. Maybe you’re like me and when you see the screenshots you’ll be transported for a brief moment to the world of that film. Reminds me of a photo album, you flip through them and you start pointing and remembering each photo. You have stories for this one and that one. This time was about this and that time is about that. Movie Titles are no different for me. I can almost remember where I saw each film like a photo when I look at them in this fashion. Go on and look at the Movie Title Screenshot Album and maybe you’ll feel like you’re looking at your baby pictures. Or maybe that’s just me. Moviegasm!