Retro Titles via 1985

About a year and half ago, I was given the opportunity to work with J.J. Abrams to create the intro graphics for the Fox show Fringe which I mentioned on the blog.

Now this season, the producers wanted to flash-back to 1985 for one episode and asked if I would be interested in recreating a title sequence to match the era. I thought to my self, “Radical!”

They wanted to include science concepts that would have seemed cutting-edge at the time, such as “Personal Computing” and “Stealth Technology”, and it was my job was to make it look like Atari!

I did some youtube research and began building the retro sequence in After Effects. It was a very fun project that included some strange challenges as well. The way video was produced at the time was quite different and I didn’t want to do anything that seemed too modern.

One thing that I tried to avoid was using Easy-Ease keyframes to keep the animation more mechanical. I also used a font that implied “High-Tech” called CyFy. The text overlays were also stylized to match the Chyron process used to composite text on video.

Hat’s off to Charles for creating the 1980 version of the music too.

Watch original title sequence, followed by the 1985 version:
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Now those seasoned folks, please feel free to share you stories of actually using the technology from the 1980s…

311 RESPONSES TO "RETRO TITLES VIA 1985"
Ron in Calgary
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:21 pm
Stunning work as usual !
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
and yeessssss... that was supeeeer.. I have watched it, loved so much.. what can I say? perfect!.. almost I would cry ;)
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
I loved that title sequence. Awesome work.
Geyck
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
Common! Load! I wanna see it!
dio
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
STUPENDOUS! BIG LOVE from BANDUNG, INDONESIA!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
lol ! that is funny !
Dave
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
Nice dude! Task accomplished.
Geyck
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
Nice I like the "old school" new technology notes. I don't know, The 3d Fringe looks to clean at times.
Funny stuff!
Teksetta
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
I remember when 8mbs of RAM cost $500 bucks for my dad's Mac SE 30 back in 1985. And before Adobe Flash or After Effects, you had Hyper Card.
J.C. Jennings
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:28 pm
Was quickly looking all around the web to see if you had been asked to do this after watching the show last night. Thanks for posting to let us know.
Bo
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:28 pm
ha good stuff. no doubt that was a challenge. That's an interesting thing to need to create/capture the essence of. =)
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:28 pm
haha, that's awesome
Michael
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
Awesome... you did a great job as always. The best visual part is the skeleton hand becoming a regular hand. These colors look so old (in a positive way). I really bought it is from the 80's. And the remixed Theme is just great. I wanted to go into the garage and pick my old atari again. hmmm... maybe i should..
michael off
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
That was dope . I actually just saw the episode this morning on Hulu and tripped back to my Sophomore year in High School with the "Way-back machine" style of the '85 titles
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:30 pm
great as usual... reminds me to do more composing... cheers
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
I almost started breakdancing
Sergio Jr
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:31 pm
Incredible! I've loved.. Is Optical Flares Plugin on Light Effect? xD
Jonathan
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
Made me laugh. Nice job (on the sequence *and* making me laugh).
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
I wish I had your job =)
Jordan H
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:36 pm
So perfect, Can't imagine any part of that sequence needing to change. I would love to see some "retro" tutorials.
Sam I
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:38 pm
Amazing work! Looks like you plucked it straight from the 80's tree itself. I like you
Andre
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
i think the best in the whole thing was the music. it just fits so well. and i also lol'd a bit at the "personal computing" innovation. xD
great work as usual, keep up andrew!
Richard
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
brilliant, amazing i was also wondering if you could make a simpler version for tutorial perposes that would be awsome! :)
Matt Hudson
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
The edited music is a very slight change, but makes a lot of difference. Excellent work as always Andrew.
Miguel Gomes
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
Great stuff. Would love to see a little heads up on the part with all those lines on second 30. What are those?
Andre
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
srry for double post but... you did the original intro too!? I just thought that you only did the retro version. god, a primetime show with an intro from a guy from a crappy site, haha!...

...or is it?

well, not crappy anymore! nice too see all your work has paid off. dont get me wrong, i think you've done a great job so far, but this is something so much more palpable... i'm dazed... :S
pvsciteach
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:53 pm
I didn't realize that "RADICAL" was trademarked. Damn you Spicolli(spelling?)!!! I loved the Tron-ish rectangular lines and the 80's power drums!
Great stuff Andrew! Thanks for everything!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:54 pm
Iam still a big fan of FRINGE, Walter is the most intresting charecters i'v ever seen. Science and human anatomy are things beyond cool, I hope that we can get more tutorials related to some VFX been done in FRINGE.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:55 pm
Hah! Great job on the jerky optical printer motion too dude. Well done.
Josh
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
Cool Indeed.

@Andre
What do you mean Crappy? This is one of the best AE sites around but YES, he made the original intro and the title credits for the new star trek as well... He does a lot of professional work but for some reason doesn't talk about it that much on the blog.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
Andrew that came out great! I love the retro feel! :D
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
I'm a huge fan of the show!
The original is amazing and the retro intro you did blew my mind lol It's pretty cool!!
John U
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
Hey Andrew,
Pardon me if this has already been suggested.
A new Videocopilot t-shirt:

ON THE FIRST DAY GOD CREATED A SOLID
AND SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD

THEN HE APPLIED OPTICAL FLARES
AND GRINNED FOR HE SAW THAT IT WAS BETTER




...or maybe just the first line
...its a work in progress
JU
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
In 1985 I was 13 years old, playing Atari, sitting with a cassetterecorder recording rap music from the radio drawing monsters with a pencil, using q-tips to smoothen out the picture making it look more realistic, watching the Cosby Show on a small tv with an antenna you have to pull out.

Now I'm 37, Editing video with AE & Pr , sitting with my CDJ-1000 behind me playing mp3's I downloaded from Beatport.
Having a PS3 with 5.1 Surround and cinema chairs on a LCD TV. Even with all this technology, the feeling is still the same, just more advanced.
melle
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:16 pm
That was awesome. Really. There wer so many elemnts in it, that remind one of older styles. simply WOW.
Niall
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
Perfect....LOVE the music too
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
Great job! I want too to can this awesome stuff...
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
Looks absolutely outstanding!
Roel Hilltop
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
You are genius.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
I was born in 85 and I approve of that intro :D
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:34 pm
WOW
OMG
frankly that just blew my mind
a tutorial on how to make that liquid thingy at the start and the smoke that come around it and hw u have made the Fringe text come together would be soo great.
Once a again brilliant Andrew just dazzling.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:36 pm
I love it *_____*
Anthony
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
Awe man that was simply savage.

Any news on that idea for a second Riot Gear????
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:38 pm
Yeah, that intro definitely looks ATARI-ish. Great job. the music fits it perfectly. I love Fringe. To me, it is like the next style of X-Files type shows. Last night's episode was cool as well. I can see Andrew's signature video work all over it.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
I thought that was so Choice!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 12:42 pm
Big fan since the begining of VC. Excellent work Andrew !
"Two thumbs up" (like in the old days)
Jack Howard
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
Hey Andrew,

Just noticed something on the original intro (the non-1985 one), as the "SUSPENDED ANIMATION" slide transitions to the "DARK MATTER" slide, for a frame or two, text saying "OBSERVERS ARE HERE" appears.

Just wondering, your own personal touch or did Abrams want you to put that in? (Subliminal Message maybe?)
Jack Howard
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
P.S:

Sorry if I've given the game away in some way, haha
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:50 pm
Genius. Pure genius (the 80's version, that is. The contemporary one is merely awesome.)
Andrew
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:55 pm
ah man I remember that show, so underrated it got canceled before it's time :P

Great work, stylistically I think i prefer the retro version
April 2nd, 2010 @ 1:58 pm
Hmmm, Observers are here...
Maybe JJ Adams is involved or knows something about people who are watching us...from above...

Just saying...
Fat Elvis
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
Watched it three times in a row just to take in the sheer skill involved in it. That works on every level, it made me smile with giddy joy and excitement. The detail in replicating those old titling techniques is faultless. Well done Andrew.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
Wow. A friend of mine sent me the link to the retro version this morning in awe. We both don't watch the show but heard about the special title. I was like, "I wonder if they had Andrew do that," but didn't see a new post. Until now!

Well done. That's one of my flaws is when I have to tackle something outside of my element, like making something seem as though it came from the eighties, I always fight so hard to not make any modern type of additions to it. It's hard, for me at least, to just detach and make something for what it's supposed to be and not what I'm capable of. If that makes any sense.

Very good job.
pev
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
My opinion, it is always difficult to return back, great job!
P.S. how much time you spent?
Respect.
Heber
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
Andrew did u used C4D for the title?? look like the transformers one....
Darren
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
All of a sudden, I want to go watch Knight Rider and Airwolf
Pachu
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
Kramer, you magnificent son of a bitch! You've done it again!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
Very sharp ! You're the master as usual !
Bill Kelly
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
I remember shooting video on a VHS camera for our high school video yearbook in the late '80s. We edited it by dubbing from VCR to VCR and using the title function to superimpose titles and credits at the end. It seems so primitive now.
At the time, the computers we had in our school, which I believe were Radio Shack TRS-80's Model 3 & 4, had a whopping 8K and 16K of RAM respectively.

Dang I feel old.
Jose Luis
April 2nd, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
you should want to look at Dubner Character Generator
and Painter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jg_6pEp5LM
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
It's only missing one thing...a keytar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MgLNnzeQFw
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:06 pm
the very slight camera shake you used is what sold it for me, very well done as always :)
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
Ah, the good ole' days... when life was simpler!
Jason
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:31 pm
it was absolutely brilliant! That was an awesome additional to a great show last night.
TrainerBoy
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
Frickin' PERFECT!! I love the Lazer Surgery, and virtual reality.

And Charles, nice work. If the tempo was up about 50 bpm, I would have expected to hear,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIW5_uGtehs

"Knight Rider - A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist...

Michael Knight, A young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent,
the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law."

Nice. I bet that was a blast!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:47 pm
WOW Andrew i love it!
Really fits in with the time period and its great :]
Well done! :D
Matt
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:54 pm
Very very nice title sequence! But witch program has been used for make the 3D FRINGE text? Maya, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max?
April 2nd, 2010 @ 3:56 pm
Very 90's Outer-Limits like....at least theres not a naked man in it!
Oliver
April 2nd, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
I love the 80's version, all you need is a flux-capacitor and you are set.
RiZ
April 2nd, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
LOL.. Dang.. I don't know how I missed the original Fringe intro post, but I'm a huge Fringe fan, and every time I watch the show open, I thought to myself, "This definitely looks like Andrew Kramer".. I'm glad to know I was right!
Zak
April 2nd, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
it's so beautiful i love it and the music is great
April 2nd, 2010 @ 4:35 pm
Love the 80's styled music, with the very 80's electric guitar at the end. Did Abrams do this version of the music too?

Cheers,
Jacob.
Patrick Norman
April 2nd, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
I was waiting for "Compact Discs" and "Electronic Mail" and "Cyberwarfare."

Good work; especially the new hand overlaying the skeletal hand. Well done!
Alex Wedlake
April 2nd, 2010 @ 4:37 pm
Awesome. Ill be creating some cool titles as I have just ordered Action Essentials 2! 2K version of course!
Corey
April 2nd, 2010 @ 5:28 pm
Hey Andrew!

Great work again. I really appreciate this site and all of your work. I hope to get into the creative track of an advertising program (and eventually do visual work on either ads or films) and I feel the resources you provide are putting me ahead.

It seems you've found a way to keep things fun and interesting while laying down a solid career. I look up to your level of skill and apparent professionalism. If you have any advice, I'd be happy to hear it!
Parkie
April 2nd, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
My friends and I gathered round the PVR earlier this evening to watch episode 1, season 3 of BBCs Ashes To Ashes, followed by the latest episode of Fringe... Cue Fringe titles... Cue cheers and rapturous applause! We must've pressed rewind at least half a dozen times! Thank you for recreating my 20's for me :-)

Awesome as usual, Mr K!
Mike S
April 2nd, 2010 @ 5:34 pm
I watched fringe last night. When I saw that I was wondering if you had made that as well. Really cool
April 2nd, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
That was awesome, brought back memories. I worked at a TV news station in the '90's that was using 80's technology so the resolution and mechanical animation is perfect. Also the bad VHS or 3/4" analog tape tracking is great. It was a pretty good episode too. They were back at the fictitious Reiden Lake, which would be about an hour from where I live.
luis
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:11 pm
I remmeber using the video toaster it was fun at that time
Eric
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:28 pm
I am quite literally astounded at how well that turned out. Not just cool and cutting edge, but downright classy! Thanks for allowing us to compare yours with the old one! Looks amazing.
Hassan Alkilabe
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
I like the music, is there an extended version :(?
Stefano Emilio
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:40 pm
OOOO man so goood really good , awesome sequence and remember me tron ... yes i'm old man :P !!! Best regards Stefano

p.s.
And the sound nobody say it's really '80 wow !!
Darren
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:48 pm
About how long did it take you to create something like that?
Judging on how fast you work in your tutorials i'd say like 10 min.
JR
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:52 pm
It was perfection. Had a huge smile on my face while watching that last night. Nicely done.
Joe from Virginia
April 2nd, 2010 @ 6:58 pm
Loved the opening sequence Andrew. But I have to admit, I don't remember too many animation-only opening title sequences in the early to mid 80's (I was born in 70).

If you wanted to go deep-80 retro, you just needed video of each of the main characters and then the amusing 'freeze-frame' character title slate. (Of course, Walter generating a cheesy lightning effect in his laboratory would've been sweet!)
Video Maker
April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:04 pm
What i would love to know is how you make the grain and the camera shake so, 1980's like. It's very good. :)
Warlos
April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:04 pm
That remind me the V tv series, you know Marc singer and the aliens invading the earth..
antony615
April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
AwesomeAwesomeAwesomeAwesomeAwesome!!!!@"@
Ken
April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
Great work Andrew! and I want to thank you, because knowing you created the intro for the show, interested me enough to watch an episode, and now it is one of my most looked forward to TV shows!
Vizion
April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:47 pm
Amazing how far we have come in the world. Nicely made.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 7:53 pm
A-mazing! Great work as always!!
Diego
April 2nd, 2010 @ 8:23 pm
Hello!!! I'm from Chile!! congratulations Andrew!! it's looks awesome, I'm big fun of fringe
April 2nd, 2010 @ 8:32 pm
Great work emulating those old titles, and the music was spot on. Reminds me of the awe I experienced watching the DVNO music video.
reni2040
April 2nd, 2010 @ 8:37 pm
A legend is always legend !!
Sean
April 2nd, 2010 @ 9:04 pm
Well, the 80's one is way better than anything I could do with AE even today, so...and the present intro, well, forget it! But i'm here to learn, after all. Andrew deserves any and all and continued success, because he's a giver. Generous folks have a way of receiving in the end. It is well deserved. I have learned so much from this site, it is crazy! Thanks for sharing your knowledge so generously, VC. I will pay you back with a purchase of some kind. Oh, I also used an 80's Chyron in the 90's at a TV station, typing in the news stuff, and hitting "read" for a half-hour. Lol.
kev Silver
April 2nd, 2010 @ 9:24 pm
Just saw that episode today and I didn't know Andrew created the title sequence, but the first thing I thought when I saw the sequence was Andrew Kramer.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 9:39 pm
I watched FRINGE last night (great episode and very revealing if you follow the show). When I saw those titles I was thinking "Andrew Kramer"
SiD
April 2nd, 2010 @ 10:33 pm
Wow! great work as usual!
Love Andrew
April 2nd, 2010 @ 10:39 pm
Hi man:
1) i love u
2) it's very cool
3) but too much wiggle(shake at end title)

regards :)
April 2nd, 2010 @ 10:54 pm
Awesome! As Always!!
Dan
April 2nd, 2010 @ 10:56 pm
Hm. I watched the show yesterday, and had previously watched the sequence here, on the website. While I quite enjoyed watching it here, I didn't like it too much in context. Can't tell why, though.
Klas
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
Suuuper!

In 1984 I was 13 years old and if I remember correctly we didn´t have technology back then :)
Klas
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:02 pm
Oops..it was in 1985....but all the same!!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:53 pm
oh , very well , once video same as SECOND.
but once video is modern :D .
very PARTICULAR.
thanks
JIK
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:39 am
MAN! I'm speechless...
Respect!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:10 am
Andrew, Great job brother, you nailed it! love the site thanks for all the tips. - Jeremy
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:13 am
Dear Mr. Andrew, I was just wondering what did they use for that drop that was rippling or warping...was it 2d or 3d...did they use noise or 3rd party plug in for flows and stuff like that...thank you... good job as usual

keep it up supporter
Paul_M
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:13 am
Hey Andrew,

did you use the Fringe-Title-Break where it develops out of little pieces in the blog-show intro too? Looks just A-MAZE-ING! Greetings from Austria
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:22 am
The big question remains, did you use Sure Target or did you not...?
Majin
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:25 am
great work as usual! can't wait for the tutorial =D
Tobi
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:46 am
Great, I really like it.

But I was wondering whether you did this intro in several languages or someone else did? Because in Germany there are the german translations used as well as an subtitle at the very end.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:03 am
Quite funny and in the same way weird that they would rebrand the opening sequence for a specific episode. Still, the 80's weren't always that "bad taste" and perhaps exploring another design direction would have been better and not as clichéed...
Phill
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:22 am
Made me laugh when it came out, it was very 80s, I was half expecting you to say "I got the first ever edition of after effects and did it on that"
jo
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:23 am
great! spirit of retro is delivered at 100%!!!

tears and nostalgia
John
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:35 am
I knew that was your handy work again, very awesome as normal.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:37 am
I was watching Fringe today and wondering, why the intro is in retro style now :P Anyway, great Job Andrew :P
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:10 am
I ask myself...but Andrew Kramer is real??? He's so amazing...perfect...great...

Your colleagues are very lucky to have you as friend!!!

Bye
Gianni (from Italy)
Dan Graves
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:11 am
At first when I saw the video I was like that's not 80's, but then I saw the second half and I must say, very good job, you are a true genius. That was so 80's I thought I was a baby (born in '83). Did I also mention I am wasted drunk?

-Dan Graves
Dan Graves
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:21 am
I'll I know about the show is that the kid from Might Ducks is in Fringe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch4rKKBVH38&feature=related . I love your style though
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:44 am
Good shit on the Fringe titles VCP crew...
BBC comedy show Look Around You did something similar a while back - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCWA7uevo_Q - worth a look. Graymachine had a cool article some time ago on the 1983 HBO intro, also worth checking out.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:45 am
When I read about the music being altered too I instantly thought that for it to be 1985 it just had to have synthesizer in it. And I'm not disappointed! This is older at all aspects! Very well done, if I might say so myself!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:55 am
Both titles are incredible, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the 80s titles in the latest episode, congratulations!
elias
April 3rd, 2010 @ 4:09 am
this is prefect.
raely realy Awesome
Gary
April 3rd, 2010 @ 4:34 am
looks a bit like Tron :)
Alexander
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:09 am
i love the recreated intro! the tiny camerashake, the noisy screen with little bluriness. :) i feel like i am in 1985 back again. great job andrew!

and the music is just awesome!
Pete
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:23 am
Fringe is really a great show alone and I still remember watching the first episode thinking "Wow, the clips before and after the commercials is something unique in the way they implemented it from a graphical sense." Thinking back to the early 90's there was another show that was ahead of it's time called VR5. Not sure how many remember it, but Fringe has the same appeal only more accepted. VR5 I think was a great concept, but the wrong time to air.

Very well done Andrew... :)
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:30 am
I've watched this new episode tomorrow and I was really surprised. I laughed a bit hah, that extremly well done music + retro look... +1

Anyway the whole episode was amazing. Flashback to Walter's times was well executed.
When I saw retro title I was pretty sure that it will be something from the past.
Well done !
Oliver
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:32 am
I just noticed the changes in the text, what a great little touch.

In vitro fertilization will destroy us all. Four fingers on a hand [what a monster!] I’m glad I can watch these evil inhuman discoveries all from the safe distance of degrading video tape. Thank you Andrew.
Jedi Dan12
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:44 am
Nice, but it's too fast. I can't read the text.
Sam
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:54 am
Andy my old Sensei!

You forgot to drop the motion blur ;) Otherwise, Perfecion :)
Andre
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:57 am
@Josh

yes, i thought people might get it wrong. i was just amazed by the fact that someone started with a simple website, and now does such "palpable" stuff... just that.
Ives
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:29 am
Brilliant - did you make the sound aswell?
I see 'Wiggle' too haha, nice!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:52 am
I still have some art that I created using only 4 colors, painted on the Commodore 64 on an Okadata printer.
oliver
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:57 am
amazinggg incredible title sequence! keep the good work!! you are amazing Andrew
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:59 am
Absolute class Andrew! Love the editing aswell, the whole feel is perfect! 5*'s
April 3rd, 2010 @ 7:04 am
Totally Awesome BUD! I mean cowabunga doood! And as we would say in Boston, That was wicked pissa!
Jan
April 3rd, 2010 @ 7:06 am
I liked the original title better :(
Jaffe
April 3rd, 2010 @ 7:36 am
All I could do was laugh.. that's awesome..
April 3rd, 2010 @ 7:36 am
Comme toujours! Un travail bien propre.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 7:37 am
That is so old school! Love it.
Popov
April 3rd, 2010 @ 8:22 am
the retro sound is awesome!
JackieNP
April 3rd, 2010 @ 8:34 am
Very cool! Did you use time machine to make it?
Dave Gregson
April 3rd, 2010 @ 8:36 am
Hi whats up,

lol, Andrew like in the new Fringe title you was asked if that was your hand, obviously it was'nt as you didnt have 5 fingers :) ..... But in the 1985 version... Is that your hand?

Nice work, well thought out as usual.

All the best
Dave :)
herr wild
April 3rd, 2010 @ 9:05 am
nice work :-)
but the final title looks to modern &shiny... and i would change the font somehow, but the trailer is great :-)
Deathil93
April 3rd, 2010 @ 9:20 am
Damn Andrew, when you win the Oscar for best VFX don't forget the little people at VCP :D
April 3rd, 2010 @ 10:12 am
I don't know what to say. Verrry impressed. I watched the upload before reading the rest of the blog and was confused as to whether or not FRINGE was on t.v. back in the day. Extremely convincing.
Erwan
April 3rd, 2010 @ 10:40 am
As soon as i've seen the new intro, i knew that only one man could build this so perfectly.
Congrats, it was also one of the best episode of the show.... God bless JJ Abrams & AK !!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 11:41 am
lmao !! brilliant implementation of school graphics !
Antwan
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
A little VFX breakdown perhaps in the next Blog Show or Tutorial?
Don Carlos
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:08 pm
Yippeee =D I love your work and I love FRINGE so much. The classic intro is so ispiring for me and your 80s version is simply cool! I really didn't know, that it's your work. Now I can say you: "Thanks, Andrew ;)". I'm going to use similar style for intro in my dissertation. I'll show you my result then.
Cracchus
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:08 pm
Andrew, that really made me smile........ that was awsome.
Rafael Carbajal
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:19 pm
Wow Andrew! what technology you use?! this is amazing! I bet you used the Mark I computer. Sincerely, surpassed the Atari haha Congratulations! Great stuff!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
Here is the steps iam following to make FRINGE intro.
1st follow tutorial 95. scene Re Lighting to make your floting bubble.
2nd follow tutorial 89 to make your fringe 3d text or tutorial 47 in C4D.
Find textures from the roit gear for BG and dark ink flowt/watch the intro over and over,use trapcode or cc particle world to create the dark particles + your fav text + OPTICAL FLARES. Andrew gave us all the clues all you have to do is find them:)
VP
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:53 pm
can you do atutorials on full length promos like this?
krisq
April 3rd, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
Bloody brilliant!!
geoff
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
First of all - love both title sequences.

There are only two big "but"s I need to constructively criticize:
1) It doesn't _really_ lok 80's, only what we today think the 80's look like (see DVNO for more information on that subject). Of course, due to both the freedom of better technology and the constraints of creating something that is appealing for today's audience, it's hard to make something look convincingly period.

2) This is the bad one that's really bothering me: why does the 80's hand have five fingers? Where's the sixth?! The point of these images in Fringe is to be weird and now you've used a boring old regular hand.


But still, I have to say that you did a truly great job on those retro titles. Well done!

PS: What is that font at the end ("Created By...")? Verdana? Didn't that come out in 1996?
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
That was absolutely amazing.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:37 pm
Wonderful job
congratulation
& We are waiting the tutorial

Thanks Andrew K.
Rob
April 3rd, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
You are sooooo cool Andrew.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
I wonder how long he had to keep that a secret.
highdefw
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:06 pm
Excellent work AK. Very inspirational
kadirbilgin
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:11 pm
can you do atutorials on full length promos like this?
danny
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
hahaha this looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome andrew!

you are my hero, mister! ;D
Fabio
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
AwesomeeeeEEEEE!
the realism you added in the movie we cannot compare with the original..

really really nice!

f'ck Andrew HAHA' ^^
Bronsn
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
Yes! This was awesome!
Carl
April 3rd, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
hahaha...you can really see the difference...great job :D
Matheus Silva
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
esse foi o melhor vídeo que vocês ja fizeram, faz o cinema parecer coisa de amador
nota 1000
R Duval
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
That's great! Ha!
Collin
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
haha I love the show Fringe and that sequence matches perfectly for the retro kinda look! AMAZING job!
Eric
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:32 pm
Excellent Work! Gotta learn some more 3D animation, that was amazing!
Tobey
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:58 pm
So brilliant. You really nailed it. I started laughing cos it was so on-the-spot.
macnimation
April 3rd, 2010 @ 4:11 pm
super job on the 85 version....it brings me back!

Only criticism is that although the graphics and music emulate the era well, the overall graphics are too "clean" and "modern". It needs to be a bit softer and less perfect.

I bet it would be more difficult to re create an 80's Sci Fi intro by using the same techniques back then than emulating it using modern technologies.
Gruselgurke
April 3rd, 2010 @ 4:47 pm
Really great work! Perfect adaption of the modern intro! The whole style of the classic intro fits perfectly in the time!
filipe3x
April 3rd, 2010 @ 4:49 pm
I love the tron look on that composition.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
I was 11 in ’85 and felt 11 all over again :)
awesome stuff u do.
Ken
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
I just watched this last night and thought it was so creative and an amazing touch to the episode. And then I go your site today and see you were the one who created this! All the visuals were just perfect in conveying the retro feel. Awesome job!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
OMG IT WAS YOU! SQUEE!
Jack_R
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
I love the "wiggle" on the "optical" elements.

Combined with the pokey synth title music, it's a winner!
Putemonsteret
April 3rd, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
Great as usual. i espesialy liked the mechanic feel of the last one.

I'd love for you to make a breakdown of these 2 introes.
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:06 pm
Thanks also for identifying the font, Andrew!

Anyone who wants to learn how to play the music theme to the Fringe intro, I made a video tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp0fMA5ssC4
Akhil
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:11 pm
Hey Andrew,
Could it be possible for you to make a tutorial similar to this kind of video. Like where one scene is in continuation with the next but isn't nearly a part of the next.
Or could someone direct to a place where i can find this.

Thanks
Victor
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:34 pm
Great work!
I think it's time for me to buy some Optical Flares!
maj
April 3rd, 2010 @ 6:48 pm
Cool. Really cool!
Angel
April 3rd, 2010 @ 7:21 pm
Is the link on the post?... i didnt find but this is what i found in youtube... is that the kramer titles?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbaG3C1GQ-c
Batfrog
April 3rd, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
@Angel
Yes, that's it. but here is the link Kramer put at the end of the blog post.

http://www.videocopilot.net/videoblog/Retro_Titles_via_1985/

it has the original, followed by the 1985 one.
Vauger
April 3rd, 2010 @ 9:14 pm
Cool! I really liked it, I would like him a lesson on this topic:)
April 3rd, 2010 @ 9:32 pm
Hey Andrew, isn't that CyFy font just Amelia? Looks the same, like when they used it for Yellow Submarine, 40 years ago, heh.

Regardless, you're doing tremendous work. I found this site via Reddit, and I'm glad I did!
April 3rd, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
lol, that was great! Thanks for sharing man...
Chem
April 3rd, 2010 @ 11:49 pm
the best TV Show I've ever seen,and your tutorials are also the best!

*I am from Hong Kong, student of HKDI, please accept my poor english
April 4th, 2010 @ 12:22 am
Andrew I have a request

I want you to tutorial of the word that comes out of the water, and water dripping them

Thank you very much
Joseph
April 4th, 2010 @ 1:56 am
At first I thought the first one was yours, i think that was Thinking Particles used in the modern "Fringe" title
meno2020
April 4th, 2010 @ 5:34 am
So cooool Andy ¡¡¡

Please, we would like to see a tutorial of that kind of graphics ¡¡¡¡¡¡

Thank you
April 4th, 2010 @ 7:06 am
Wow... This is some crazy sh1%. I just watched the episode of Fringe, and the very next thing i did was climb behind my PC and thought "hmm.. im gonna mess around in after effects, lets visit videocopilot.net" and there is the intro! How cool is that? Anyway, keep up the good work making tutorials Andrew (and probably a whole team of people)
Ethan
April 4th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
Wow thats insane, great job!! My favourite part was when the camera zoomed through those dark lines and then the hand appeared and the lines were on the hand. Very creative ;p
Max
April 4th, 2010 @ 8:09 am
Hahaha, so cool!
Shrek2
April 4th, 2010 @ 8:27 am
WOW Andrew! Great design! You have done it well.
Actually it really interests me to hear from you how you've created the Chyron process effect...
April 4th, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Ohh fringe, I Think that serie has great visual effects, a question, do you work in that serie?
April 4th, 2010 @ 9:09 am
That is 52 different types of awesome.

Really funny and so well done man, could totally buy that as a show title of the time (albeit a damn good one for back then). Reminded me of Tomorrow's World, Doctor Who and the early X-Files title sequences.

Genius!
April 4th, 2010 @ 9:24 am
I have been watching this show for a long time, and the introduction was one of my favorite parts. Thanks Andrew. You make Fringe so awesome.
Fernando
April 4th, 2010 @ 9:49 am
Hey, stop here! You're a crack!!!

It's awesome, congratulations.

I think you're lake the peopple who are in the films supervising the special effects!
April 4th, 2010 @ 11:34 am
Very good work :)

I don´t know that the "Fringe" Intro was made by you :)

Excellent !

You are the After Effects GOD !

PS: sry about my english - i am from germany :)
zanman
April 4th, 2010 @ 11:45 am
this just seriously made my day and made the show just that much better for me
the intro is amazing and if you made a tutorial on how to do either the retro or modern one I'd be ecstatic.

-The Zanman.
Mantas
April 4th, 2010 @ 11:58 am
Exelent as ussual
April 4th, 2010 @ 11:59 am
Really "fresh" title. Is so vintage to be FRESH! LOL I know, thats no sense! But this titles is very cool! Great Andrew!
Vaguener
April 4th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
Wow

The first flash light looks like Brazil map (or Africa as u said before)
Pavel Peterka
April 4th, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
Hey, I got maxi confused... Somebody praises things from first one 'n' some from second one... What the **** is that? Which one did he make up? Sorry for that, but there words like "original" or "1985 version" are loosing sense, because everyone messes with them at will^^ However, both of them look awesome so "GREAT WORK, ANDREW" :-D
April 4th, 2010 @ 2:48 pm
excelente intro
The Real Smithy
April 4th, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
man andrew, that is s amazing from how far you have really come, from all those years starting at creative cow and your sky replacement tutorial to this, working on star trek etc. proud of you man
The Real Smithy
April 4th, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
very nice 80's inrto. i love the little title shake, as you would see back then on credits. i'm watching the very old 1959 twilight zones episodes and watching the intros for that with the shakey credits. great work andrew,
q- how long does it take you for research and what deadline did they give you? 2 weeks? 2 days?
Allister gourlay
April 4th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm
Just saw the episode here in the UK Andrew and I said to my wife I wonder if you also produced it? Gotta be one of the best Fringe episodes so far excellent emotion and great acting from the guy who plays Walter.
The retro sequence reminded me of an old UK TV 70's series called "The Tomorrow People" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xez4o1ujOPI
and another called "Timeslip" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xez4o1ujOPI
Victor Velasco
April 4th, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
WOW!!!!!!
incredible
the sensation that transmit is great, THE RETRO LOOK IS FANTASTIC, MOST OF ALL FOR THE GOOD WORK IN THE "old tv transmission effect", the blur, the changes in the fps rate, great!!!

Please make a tutorial about this!, it's just fantastic
April 4th, 2010 @ 4:29 pm
Was After Effects the only program used?
Bradley Bell
April 4th, 2010 @ 4:59 pm
One word - Super-Awesome.
April 4th, 2010 @ 7:36 pm
Retro cool, it was a really funny moment.
April 4th, 2010 @ 8:11 pm
Haha, that was awesome.
Knappy
April 4th, 2010 @ 8:27 pm
Dude, I watched this Thursday night and thought... "I hope this is Andrew's work because it's absolutely awesome!"
April 4th, 2010 @ 9:11 pm
this is awesome, would be nice Andrew to check my action Essential vid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqS9L1fruok
CaNA
April 4th, 2010 @ 10:04 pm
GREAT WORK! I LOVED THE MUSIC!!
You are The master Andrew!!
April 4th, 2010 @ 10:16 pm
God! Incredible Job!!!! You are really my heroe!
Cody
April 4th, 2010 @ 10:29 pm
Hey andrew could you make a matchmoving tutorial in after effects for us all, Thanks dude
April 4th, 2010 @ 10:35 pm
Thank you Mr. Kramer
Cuboos
April 4th, 2010 @ 11:34 pm
wow. the 80s Retro version took me take to the documentaries my high school and middle school science classes use to show me.
Salman
April 5th, 2010 @ 12:29 am
its superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
April 5th, 2010 @ 12:32 am
Oops you gave yourself away by using Verdana at the end! Which was only introduced in 1996......
April 5th, 2010 @ 2:28 am
looool, you are too good to be true!!!
Vick
April 5th, 2010 @ 3:27 am
hey you alrite guys...jus watched all the vids and think that there awesome..im from london and need sum title sequences made for my youtube channel...if any1s intrested in doin some work can you email me on limitlessvids@hotmail.com

thanks alot
WayshART
April 5th, 2010 @ 4:05 am
Hmm... i like it :)
Brandon
April 5th, 2010 @ 5:14 am
From day one, I've loved the Fringe title sequence -- and watching the retro intro last week was a thrilling ride, both in how well it conveyed the setting of the episode and how fun it was. Nicely done! I had no idea you were behind those, but now that I do, I tip my tip.
Paton MacD
April 5th, 2010 @ 6:33 am
Nailed it Andrew. When I saw this... I started with the AWWW!! LOOK AT THIS !! And then I thought about you laughing as you were listening to the cheesy Casio sounding song version with the drum machine... Just well done. Very impressed. Took me right back.
Lee
April 5th, 2010 @ 6:43 am
I did something like this recently for my own entertainment. My goal was to re-create the look of a worn-out VHS tape, but I used real footage instead of graphics. The main tools I used were Displacement Map and Fractal Noise...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB8whz9rRDw

The colour-bleeding was done by having a "Hue" transfer mode version over top of a B&W version of the same clip. I then wiggled both the opacity and a horizontal blur on the "Hue" transfer mode layer.

I remember a while back, Harry J. Frank over at Gray Machine did a tutorial on retro-style graphics. Might be handy for anyone who wants to try this themselves.
April 5th, 2010 @ 7:22 am
Dude love it! i hope to be great like u one day!
cogspa
April 5th, 2010 @ 7:33 am
Very cool.

But the he font looks a little outdated by 1980's standards. Cyfy looks like Amelia, which was a 70's style computer font.

Here is 70s style computer font in the magazine Avant Garde.
http://typophile.com/files/Fugs_5756.jpg

Will the 80s rolled around hi-tech had a different look. I would have referenced April Greimen (http://typophile.com/files/Fugs_5756.jpg or early Emigre fonts.

As a side note, did you ever watch Misfits of Science in the 80's. I would call it a comedic precursor to the X-files and Fringe. I included the link just for fun...

http://typophile.com/files/Fugs_5756.jpg
Navarro Parker
April 5th, 2010 @ 8:03 am
One little anachronism... Verdana wasn't invented until 1996!
BigHache
April 5th, 2010 @ 8:10 am
I loved seeing this retro intro. Such a great touch for a flashback episode.

I used to create "HiRes" graphics on the Commodore 64 with a joystick. I'm glad technology advances.
Mickel
April 5th, 2010 @ 8:38 am
Watched this last night and had to know if it was your work. Great job. Seeing the title at the end I now know why you posted about the 80's HBO intro a while back. Excellent work!
Steve
April 5th, 2010 @ 9:47 am
I love Fringe and have been following (and a customer) of Video Copilot for a while now... and I was happy to see the combo when the series first started. And now this! Man, I started cracking up with the 80s title sequence. Nicely done Andrew.

Also, did you know JJ always talks you up real well in his commentaries. Both on Star Trek and the pilot episode of Fringe.
MYU
April 5th, 2010 @ 10:05 am
hey andew i'm a fan of this TV SHOW . and i tried some effects in this intro but it didn't work well . pleeeeez post a tut for this too !! specially 3d text reverse shatter effect !!
April 5th, 2010 @ 10:29 am
It's really cool to see your work ! did you use 3d max too or is it only AE
April 5th, 2010 @ 10:47 am
i watch Fringe ,,, i new u had somthin t do with it
its just Outstanding !!
April 5th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Great! I noticed the retro title last week and thought that was a fun departure. Having lived in the 80s and owning various Atari system, graduating through Degas Paint, to Cyber 3D, the intro was a surprise I hadn't expected. Nice work as always!
Joe
gkaster
April 5th, 2010 @ 11:41 am
what elese :) just perfect !
Lex
April 5th, 2010 @ 11:59 am
I saw the episode and thought "Damn! Andrew lost his contract - and look at this new idiot who has made this look like it was from the '80's!!"

Well - until I saw your post and finnnaly made the connection to the episode!

Talk about being slow! Loved the way that the music took a trip back too.
Scooter ***
April 5th, 2010 @ 12:13 pm
Back in the Late 70's my dad purchased a Apple ][™ (about $1300) running at 1Mhz with 8k of RAM. We had to use a Cassette Player to Load & Save all our programs which can take 5~10 minutes. This is before Disk Drives... which we purchased about 2 years later. "Russki Duck™" was one of my first game purchases. This game was a lot of fun. I used a programming language called "Fortran 77™" which allowed me to make simple flip book like animations. There was also "Beagle Brothers™" that made a lot of nice simple "Basic" programs to help make games or whatever.
Link to a History Museum run by Steven Frank about the Beagle Brothers™ company http://stevenf.com/beagle/contents.html
A lot has changed since then.
Gabriel Molina
April 5th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
Indeed hat's off for the theme song... very 80's... Of course the animation is awesome too... very TRON like... By the way... is there any TRON LOOK TUTORIAL?
April 5th, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
Nice work! Looks like you grabbed some 80s style from that HBO intro that you blogged about a while ago. I like it!
Diane
April 5th, 2010 @ 3:40 pm
Awesome job, as usual. Would have been more hilarious if you used that unmistakable typeface, associated with Chyron.
Ruwin
April 6th, 2010 @ 5:05 am
Hi Andrew, i'm a Fringe fan, ass well as AE user. First time i saw Fringe i said to myself: that's After Effects. I even tried to explain to my girlfriend that the piece of software i'm using dayli can produce that. Of course she didn't undterstood a word (nr. "well if that's After Effects, what's Before Effects doing?"). Anyway, i'm glad to know you did that nice looking title effect. Cheers!
FloVC
April 6th, 2010 @ 5:18 am
one of the coolest things you ever made!
its awesome!
Joe
April 6th, 2010 @ 5:20 am
Hey Andrew !I thinks a tutorial that covers the creating of the original title from fringe could be a good idea...
April 6th, 2010 @ 5:29 am
Wo0w.. That was outstanding..
What a brilliant performance Andrew Kramer..!

We've got many thing from you about Adobe After Effect..

That how to be creative or how to make something really awesome & realistic on "Adobe After Effect"..
About Text, Light, Expression & Camera & it was really appreciated or it will be really appreciate or its appreciate able..!

Can you please do something i mean you can but i think that now its time to make something on "3D Studio Max" that must be about the broadcast media animation & i think now we have to came out from the text animation coz we've learnt about it lot of the thing..

When you & your outstanding Team started "Video Copilot" as a free lance animation teacher for those who always try to make something special & who always try to learn something special that could be helpful for their work or for their projects & i'm pretty sure that you've made your goal & have completed your aim to involving in our breathe..!

I also know it that many time you've told us that its easy to create something cool on "Adobe After Effect" as "3D Studio Max" coz it takes lot of time to render or to preview that what the thing you're doing & sometimes it becomes a waste of the time when you really need to do in urgent..!

You've opened many thing on us & that is really helpful to know that how to be creative or how could we make some cool thing through "Adobe After Effect" but this time i would like to see something about "3D Studio Max" coz you better know that here is also a big fans of "3D Studio Max" who also want to know or want to see something special about "3D Studio Max" not about the character animation but about the media or broadcast animation..
Will Hope that in the next of coming tutorials we would seen something related to "3D Studio Max"..
Derrick van Niekerk
April 6th, 2010 @ 5:55 am
Ha ha ha. That was just brilliant. Good Job on the '80 title, it is spot on!

- Derrick
rraph
April 6th, 2010 @ 6:56 am
pure genius! and the show gets better and better, too!
April 6th, 2010 @ 7:36 am
Perfect, just perfect.
The music, the animation, everything!

I'd love to have a quick rundown of the techniques you used for the video artifacts.
April 6th, 2010 @ 8:00 am
Hey Andrew, I really love your tutorials on SFX, but I don't really follow your blog... I was really excited when I found out tha you were the responsible for the video effects on Fringe! I'm addicted to that series!! Great job!
Vartan Avny
April 6th, 2010 @ 8:24 am
I was actually born in 1985...
wasn't much of AE user back then...
sweet

ti ti ti..love this 80's synths...
Dean Doll
April 6th, 2010 @ 9:23 am
Well, as a Child of the 80's, I remember using rotary phones, playing on the Atari, using a Commodore 64, and Apple II, as well as my uncle buying one of the very first Sony Walkman for about $400.00. Life was simpler back then, and watching cartoons on a TV where you actually had to get up and turn the dial to change the channel was always the best way to spend Saturday morning.

And Bermuda shorts.. that I didn't get until they were out of style and cheap.
April 6th, 2010 @ 11:29 am
You know you got me thinking on this "back in the day" stuff, because I was working with Chyrons and Compugraphics in the mid-eighties, and was lucky enough to start on the first Macs and Amigas. I remember the genlock card to let you put "graphics" from the Amiga onto actual video was too big for the case, so you had to work with the lid off and that lovely wide SCSI cable coming up over the top. I also did "desktop publishing" with x-acto knives and hotwax, and we edited our audio with razor blades.

For the real "youngsters" that have posted here, back in 1985/86 a small Seattle company called Silicon Beach had offered an application called Super Paint, and another called Digital Darkroom-these would eventually become Photoshop-but in 1985 they were still only BLACK AND WHITE.

Also in Seattle, this place called Adobe was making scaleable vector typefaces, but had yet to market their graphical Postscript editor as Illustrator. Aldus had put out Pagemaker version 1.0, but almost no one could afford a Mac powerful enough to run it.

Premiere actually came out in 1990/91 or so. I remember being here at Macshow in Houston when they announced it, following Quicktime's boast of supporting a full quarter screen image. Same year they showed us Alias 3D for the Macs.

I think After Effects came about a few years after that. I remember playing with the Compositor in Alias Wavefront before I got the chance to use After Effects.

Hard to believe how primitive some of that stuff was, and yet we thought we had the world by the tail. -R
Doug
April 6th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
Exactly HOW MANY Starfighter's are left?! Fantastic work!
Olli Huttunen
April 6th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm
Wow!

That really moved me to 80's. I remember my first computer Commodore 64 and all it's great games. The original C64 game box had same kind retro hand drawn sci-fi graphics and the typography were also familiar.

Who used the grid space first time? was it in Tron? or was it in some where before that?

Excelent idea! Andrew, you nailed that retro feeling.
Can't wait to see that episode.

-Olli
ecisneros
April 6th, 2010 @ 8:58 pm
Oh come on! Can you stop being brilliant for a second man? I'm still trying to catch up!

I just loved that retro "Tron-Atari" feel, and the interesting synchronicity was that I was watching "Fringe" and the opening title sequence reminded me that I haven't visited this site in a while, and so I paused the show, came here and low and behold, you do this "radical" move!

Don't stop inspiring us man! And count me in when you decide to make your opus, I think you don't realize that you've been assembling (and teaching) a digital army that will contribute to help you make that big project you've been holding back on. Or maybe that's been your plan all along?

You have my axe sir,

Eduardo
Adi T.
April 7th, 2010 @ 12:17 am
A tutorial with something similar would be wonderful Andrew. Good job like always.
April 7th, 2010 @ 1:10 am
Awesome work! True retro vibes :)
Alem95
April 7th, 2010 @ 2:20 am
Can you see after the Dark Matter text for two or three frames it's written Observers are here
Mannu
April 7th, 2010 @ 3:26 am
Michael Banks
April 7th, 2010 @ 1:37 pm
That is AWESOME! Love the 3D wire framing and film jitter.
April 7th, 2010 @ 2:53 pm
Nice work as usual man.

-d
N.Ireland
April 7th, 2010 @ 8:28 pm
Love that show and have been a big VC fan for some time now. Very stoked to see that you worked on that project, you are truly inspiring my man.

Keep it up, we appreciate all you do.
Will
Sampsomonium
April 7th, 2010 @ 8:48 pm
I saw it on TV and actually commented on how creative it was and refreshing to see a new one for the episode.

I could say more on how much I loved it and how great your skills are BUT it is prolly bee said and you probably won't read down this far anyway so instead of telling you again of your greatness I will just give you a gratifying head nod so that you know you did a good job and not make you read a long a pointless post.

April 8th, 2010 @ 2:31 am
oh my god this looks so cool. I love the 80s adrew do but even a tutorial for that. And a tutorial for a 35mm FIlm look would be great
greetz Maniac221 (Manuel Germany)
Spex
April 8th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
hillarious... blends perfect with the audio... nice one
David
April 8th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
i absolutly loved the 80's title sequence
Udit
April 9th, 2010 @ 8:15 pm
Great work as usual !!
Say Yes
April 10th, 2010 @ 10:55 am
make a tutorial about using the camera perfectly please andrew!!
WiGeTS
April 10th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
Seriously man, i've been a fan of you for about a year now, and I must say i keep being impressed by your work.
I saw the movie without reading and I thought you did a remake of the old version instead of the other way around.
You really had me going there, great work!!!

WiGeTS from the Netherlands
Evan
April 10th, 2010 @ 6:03 pm
Amazing! I loved watching the episode after knowing that it was you!! Any chance you'll do a quick tip on how to make the liquid bubble type things from the original opening?? They look so cool!
Diane
April 11th, 2010 @ 11:00 am
Other possible science keywords could be DARPAnet, FLIR (Forward-looking infrared) and SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative).

Keep up the great work; I've learned so much from you.
Jesse
April 11th, 2010 @ 3:39 pm
Ha, wow. I love the 80 style intro. Coupled with the retro-style theme, it's extremely cool.
Jay
April 12th, 2010 @ 3:33 am
Awesome 80s take on one of the best intros on TV. Just in case you might have some inside knowledge, will "Belly" will be showing up again. Realise you have probably signed a ND but thought I'd still ask.
Sharif
April 12th, 2010 @ 1:29 pm
Awesome work dude, greetings from Egypt
April 12th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
Absolutely perfect, as always, Andrew. Have been a big fan of your work over the last 3 years! The new-old style Fringe title sequence totally blew me away when I saw this episode.This was easily the Best Fringe episode to date - made all the more awesome by your work. Are you responsible for the "3D Location Titles" in each episode also?
Never stop doing what you love!
mauricio
April 12th, 2010 @ 6:33 pm
simplemente espectacular Andrew, puedes hacer uno personalizado
Adrian
April 12th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
heyy andrew please make a tutorial for the intro of fringe ,, will be great
April 13th, 2010 @ 11:50 am
As always you're an inspiration.

Thank you so much from Uruguay
Carlos
April 13th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
Tears in my eyes. You are fantastic... the old graphics was a must (tron style). Goood.
Mark mulready
April 14th, 2010 @ 8:17 am
Love it! just watching the episode of fringe where these effects were applied! One Word... "Awesome"! already sending this page around to my freinds!
Oscar Muniz
April 17th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
I just love a good suprise and I just watched a Fringe episode and thought "Hey that intro looks amazing!!" I should've known that Andrew had something to do with it!
April 19th, 2010 @ 8:03 pm
super, but the aspect ratio should be something like 680 X 480, but no matter, great work
Nik Nikam
April 19th, 2010 @ 8:37 pm
you brought back the 80s man ! Music is lovely.
tanner
April 20th, 2010 @ 9:03 pm
this is awesome you should post a tutorial on how to create this or a similar title sequence
joe
April 21st, 2010 @ 7:23 am
hi since, yes its true, i worked at atari in the 80's... this is WAY too advanced.
Bob_O
April 22nd, 2010 @ 9:00 am
You rock with amazing rockedness!!! Both the original titles and '85 titles are incredible. The retro titles feel so perfect for those old 80s show I grew up on! Great work and keep the coolness coming!
madstation
April 24th, 2010 @ 11:05 pm
I was so impressed the first time I saw the Fringe intro - Damn you are good. It's funny because I'm not too fond about the paranormal stuff but I was drawn into the series because of it's incredible presentation(intro + the 3d lettering integrated in the footage rocks).The 80's version is quite funny - the music adds a lot to the feel.

Well done!
April 27th, 2010 @ 8:21 pm
Very nice work! I'm a fan of the show...and I think you did a great job.BTW...Where they both done using AE???
hanu
May 5th, 2010 @ 5:48 am
from where i can get this tutorial...
Saturn5
May 7th, 2010 @ 7:45 pm
You trademarked "Radical"? Aw, dude :\ Where do I send the royalties to? Lol. Anyway, that intro was amazing. The visuals and audio worked great together. It was 1984 all over again. Whoa, head rush.
Jacky Liang
May 7th, 2010 @ 9:25 pm
Andrew, did you do the trailer for super 8? IT'S AWESOME! saw it today while watching iron man 2, optical flares looks amazing :D
May 10th, 2010 @ 8:26 pm
"Personal Computing" & "in vitro fertilization"

hahahahaha so good!
Damian
May 13th, 2010 @ 6:09 am
Hey Andres I just wanted to say that me and my brothers always watch the intro of fringe and we thing it is the best intro for any show and now that I know you made it I understand it all!
Joel
June 16th, 2010 @ 1:30 am
Love it. Also, Fringe has some awesome graphics :)
July 5th, 2010 @ 7:17 pm
Did you put that little video dirt/distortion at the top of the final frames.
Tyler McCue
August 10th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
I'm just curious how did you ever get involved with J.J? I would really love to hear all about it! Very inspirational!
I loved the star trek main title very well done! I haven't watched fringe but i will now. Next time you see J.J tell him thanks for making such great cinema. ;)
ImAFreeloader
August 13th, 2010 @ 2:38 am
I really love the subtle effects mainly the camera shake and color bleeding. Reminds me so much of my dads VHS cassette tapes, hats of to ya XD
JosB
August 13th, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
Great stuff! I don't know whether you had the series in the US, but it kind of reminds me (especially with the hand) of the titles of the British series 'The Tomorrow People' that I used to watch when I was a kid ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xez4o1ujOPI
rocxta
September 6th, 2010 @ 11:43 am
The title just aired here in Germany... :)
November 13th, 2010 @ 7:03 pm
Ive been keeping up with this site for over a year and This is still my favorite thing you made, its just too perfect. Mad Props Andrew
January 24th, 2011 @ 2:39 pm
Hey Andrew!
Rad site!
Just wanna say I finally saw this episode of Fringe with the retro titles. Awesome stuff! I cracked up!

Did you do anything else in the show besides the opening titles and the building composite?

You're doing a killer job!

Nick
Shamin Aizat
May 8th, 2011 @ 2:43 am
do you have a tutorial for this...
been searching tutorials to get a retro look for awhile now
April 26th, 2012 @ 7:55 am
Awesome. But you do know you could have done the retro open much faster on an Amiga 1000, using Sprites.
May 11th, 2012 @ 6:04 am
But in video says that is created by J.J.Abrams
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