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Lesson 3

3. A Controlled Experiment

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- Ash Thorp

  • apprentice

- Jama Jurabaev

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  • learn squared

- Florian Aupetit

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- Tim Zarki

Let’s dive head-first into a controlled title design experiment. Using a small, predetermined set of reference images, Ash will challenge himself and his students to create a mock sequence based off of a sample logline and film title.



Combining the techniques you've learned so far, create six (6) narrative frames with typography. Limit your imagery to the forty (40) images provided to fit the Controlled Theme.

Extra Credit

Combining the techniques you've learned so far, create twelve (12) narrative frames with typography. Limit your imagery to only twenty (20) of the forty images provided to fit the Controlled Theme.

Student Gallery

ONE SMALL STEP - is a personal project, produced as homework for Main Title Design, a Learn Squared class taught by the legend Ash Thorp. The project aims to improve technical skills/knowledge and practice/refine an effective workflow, whilst producing a set of beautiful style frames. A limited set of base imagery was provided, most of which was in a square aspect ratio and had problems such as blown-out levels and artefacts, meaning that great thought had to go into the editing and framing of these.


Everything was created using Photoshop and Illustrator, focusing on speedy delivery of concepts, as opposed to lengthy delivery of perfectly polished, useable frames.


Mad props to Ash Thorp and Learn Squared for sharing such incredibly useful knowledge with everyone.

Title sequence in a calm color scheme, using 18 images provided for the lesson to create 12 still frames.

Below are the six images I created with the NASA images provided and the tools solely within Photoshop. It was quite the challenge, but very VERY rewarding to work on this week's assignment. One theme that really played out from my mind map was heroism, which i think came through well in the final images. Enjoy!

One Small Step - Man's curiosity for the unknown beyond. A title-sequence exploration for a fictional documentary film, exploring the politics, science and heroism of the Apollo missions.

I learned a great deal and am happy with the results!

- Zach Ellis

A series of styleframes which tell the story of the race to the moon.

The time of the Apollo missions is a time characterized by contrasts.
The missions unites both hope and fear at the same time.

Hope: To be the first nation who set foot on the lunar surface.
Fear: To loose the moon race against the cold war rival, the Soviet Union.

Against this background, the Apollo mission is turning into a prestigious project, where the scientific aspect becomes more and more irrelevant.

Worked the vertical subject of the theme, I demonstrate this in the intro logo and copy it to the cast and crew text.
Give a small detail to unify and give balance to the images, a small light blue gradient, just pass also the mystery of the space theme.

For this lesson I chose to combine some of the provided images in order to create compositions by playing with the scales. I tried to illustrate the immensity of those "ordinary" humans that became heroes by achieving this epic and dangerous journey through space.

Lessons in this Course

Software Used: 
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Bridge
Optional Software: 
Font Explorer, Mind Node, Adobe InDesign, Cinema 4D Studio R16, Octane Render, Marvelous Designer