Knock your Block Out!

I was trying to create a Billing Block a few months ago and it was quite tricky to find the right font. Let alone a free font that was available.  Just about every movie trailer has one of these strange looking blocks of text and why shouldn’t everyone! So in classic Video Copilot fashion, we have created a Free Font called “Credit Block” and a template just for you!

The perfect addition to your fake trailer!

Download Font & Photoshop Template

Installation: Put the font thingie in your font folder thingie.

 

POSTED:
2 years ago
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169 Comments

RON
2 years ago
Hey ANDY!!!!!! I would've PAID 3 bucks for this template. After effects in not my thing (YET) , but photoshop is, I can Change color of anything to any color you give me using an exact match of the patone system (Or whatever you can imagine )with regards to its luminosity by maximizing efforts in Three color spaces (LAB, RGB , CYMK). HSB is the polar coordinate approximation of the color workspace, similar to LAB, which is a cartesian color workspace, both separating luminosity from color. DAGNABIT enough of my geeky ranting...Thank you ANDY. You are a true gentleman and scholar.
Zworgy
2 years ago
wow, thanks - very very nice !!!
Roberto
2 years ago
Hi, only to say...where are the accents and other symbols for other languages?

best regards
mico catipon
2 years ago
Hi Andrew! Thank you for sharing this thingie!!! I used this to make this awesome trailer for my friend's music video. They were impressed with this video that I've made for them especially with the text at the end. Once I am done with this video, I will share the full video. but for now let me share this short trailer. Cheers! Mico Catipon from the Philippines! https://vimeo.com/52841120
2 years ago
want was the purpose of that! why would any one want to make that! i mean yeah it was funny and even hilarious i laughed so hard i pis my pant's and that's not funny so why would you make something like that. please do it again!
Danice
2 years ago
... another great tool by Andrew. Thanks a lot!
Leila
2 years ago
Hi Andrew
I am ready to write subtitle for your tutorials for free. I am an English teacher and be sure I can do it without any mistake. This is my job to translate videos without subtitle. Actually I translate them from English to persian but I would be happy if you accept it. Please send me an email if you agree with.

Best Regards
Leila
Jas
2 years ago
Awesomeballzz. Thanks a looooooot!!!! :D
2 years ago
What a cool freebie!
Will
2 years ago
Here is a teaser of our current project, an action/scifi film. We used the Credit Block font.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBeFvDyfo70
2 years ago
I think this font is similar to SF Movieposter. Could that be?
Felipe Valladares
2 years ago
I asume this comes from Alexander Alexandrov, he have a previous work in font design with "Typograph Pro". Now they work together in VC.
2 years ago
It is great!!!! I just did it old school and for any next project this is awesome! Thanks Andrew!!!!
Amer
2 years ago
Thank you so much Andrew!!

I don't need this yet, but you just know it will come in handy soon and I will have you to thank for that.
2 years ago
Andrew:

I'm a great fan of your site, your videos, your gags and your products. I think you have been doing an amazing job that will help a lot of independent AV pros out there.

This is proof of it. Some months ago we were editing the trailer for our movie, and it was a REAL PAIN to do a credit Block looked great.

Once again, I found a solution here. We have to do something one of this days. Would be amazing to do a project with you.

Cheers!
Axion
2 years ago
IT is weird how halfsheets are so cookie-cutter in this supposedly "creative" industry. I've needed this a hundred times in the past. Thank you!!!!
VFX-Anomaly
2 years ago
Andrew I was visiting 32TEN Studios, and I think you did also,
I signed the wall.
:)
Gemor
2 years ago
Hey Andrew This stuff is great man!
RON
2 years ago
Thanx andy... dont know after affects..... but I know a little photoshop and understand this.. Now I can Steal this and call it my own. well its not actually stealing.
Unfortunately not an ELEMENT 3D project but still motion graphics design .. It's a promo clip created for a customer. It's called ELECTRIC CITY .. hope you will like it .. Cheers !

http://youtu.be/s-edKrzGJHg
    das
    2 years ago
    Hey, could you shed some light on how ti was doen i really enjoyed it! thx
Stuart
2 years ago
Very funny. I think I let out a little bit of wee :0)
2 years ago
There is another free font called 'Tall Films' which does exactly the same thing... But thanks video copilot. Now we have two lol
2 years ago
The actual typeface used for the majority of film posters is: Univers LT Std 39 Thin Ultra Condensed. The entire typeface is pricy but just this weight and size is about $30USD. Here's a link: http://www.fonts.com/font/adobe/univers/ultra-condensed-thin-39
Will Fisher
2 years ago
JJ Abrams showing off your work Andrew. http://teamcoco.com/video/j-j-abrams-on-his-action-movie-fx-app
I love your app.
2 years ago
When you say "install the font thingie in the font folder thingie", where exactly I should be installing this again in MacBook Pro? Is it supposed to be in the AE font folder?
Constantine
2 years ago
What license it is distributed under?
2 years ago
Long time VC fan, hopefully first to ask this; do u dig arrested development and are u capable of producing the hi-end compositing a possible film may require?
if u have 45 mins can u drop everything and help me out with this joomla php index for my uni assignment? drivin me nuts mate.
Jordan
2 years ago
thanks to you I have make the trailer of "cat wars III : revenge of kitten" ! Thx a lot ! and what is the software for create font?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FIF0IRzlBM&list=UUT-sFTfzGzhGFWWLAuuhm_Q&index=1&feature=plcp
    Serge
    2 years ago
    Haha.... That's very funny
2 years ago
hey, thanks for free font Andrew. and btw I have created first short animation in '3d space' that you should check out! www.thelightofmodon.com
THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE! cheers
Serge
2 years ago
Your a class act Andrew and co. Thanks again mate
Oladipo Ogundipe
2 years ago
Thank you...that's why we love you.
Mike
2 years ago
Anyone who didn't click "fake trailer" is really missing out....
2 years ago
Thank you for the font Andrew! You rock, i love videocopilot!
Blaztix
2 years ago
awesome, this is not the place but, thanks andrew, you made this possible, and of course, me too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMqOzJEJ900
OlympiaLogger
2 years ago
There's nothing better than free stuff...


...except for free stuff that's better than store-bought stuff!
2 years ago
Thanks so much Andrew this is really awesome!
Spencer
2 years ago
Isn't it "knock your block off"?
Darren
2 years ago
Thanks guys! You're awesome. Much appreciated.
2 years ago
Thanks for the Font Videocopilot! Already used it today...not a particularly up front visual element but it fit the bill on watermarking this little teaser I made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nj7vUqTKHM
Adrian Ramirez
2 years ago
ANDREW KRAMER YOU ARE AMAZING! thank you!
Rudy
2 years ago
sooo awesome!!! you guys are just the best!!!! high five :)
bubby
2 years ago
in The Big Show-Bowski, how did you overlay the videos and make them look solid?
    Timber_Wolf_2
    2 years ago
    Oh, right! I know *exactly* what you are taking about! Thanks for your incredibly detailed question! **Sarcasm**

    Some things to think about...
    a) the word "overlay" probably means something different than what you mean,
    2) there are MANY videos in that blog show, and
    d) define solid. Do you mean good looking? Do you mean the absence of rolling shutter? Do you mean stable (not handheld)?

    Really, man, your question could not be more vague and confusing. You want a specific answer? Ask a specific question... on the CORRECT blog post.
Jules
2 years ago
Nice one, Andrew. Have you thought about making it available on Google Webfonts?
sam
2 years ago
Nektarios
2 years ago
Thanks a lot Andrew, and all Videocopilot guys!
2 years ago
If only I had had that font when I made this:
http://klaradox.de/filme/school-break/
(English subtitles available, just click the "CC" thingie.)
vox
2 years ago
thanks vc! vc rules!
.. Just in case you missed it .. Watch my new 3D stil image ... Background lights are done with VC Optical Flare .. The model is done with 3Ds max because of the refletions ... This feature is unfortunatly not supported in ELEMENT 3D (because of OpenGL). I hope you will like it .. cheers !
http://youtu.be/0HxByRF5ofU
2 years ago
Hey, Sweet! Thanks Andrew, I'm always looking for things to help sell a fake trailer, and this is just what I needed! :)
2 years ago
sorry wrong link here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXmsoRng1nI
2 years ago
Joehoe! I did it! I wanted to create the shattered text effect that animates to another text in Element 3D. I Love this plugin! it's worth every euro ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=pXmsoRng1nI
Dustin
2 years ago
OR.. Right click the thingie and install the thingie :D
beckyuan
2 years ago
You are awesome!!!No man is better than you
Alex
2 years ago
Hey great job!

Please don't forget that people living outside the USA speak other languages, and that these other languages include "special" characters like

é è ë ê (and other vowels, of course ;)

Just saying ;)
Riaan van der Merwe
2 years ago
Andrew Kramer, again taking the little man and giving them the BIG GUNS!
MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT VC TEAM!
2 years ago
Could you make a tutorial how to create a cool title sequence? Like the one seen in the Avengers? That would be cool ;-)
Fleur
2 years ago
Ta! So you put the thingie IN the thingie? :p :)
Serg
2 years ago
Thanks a lot Andrew :)
Matt Brown
2 years ago
Huzzah! Thanks, Andrew!
Shahzaib
2 years ago
Thankx Sir this means to me Alot :D
2 years ago
Great and nice font. Thank you.
Farshad
2 years ago
Very nice font , Thanks for all things
Kamen
2 years ago
Andrew.
You mentioned that the font was created in Illustrator,
if some of us need these Billing Blocks on a poster or a larger
size frame, could you please offer an Illustrator version of the
file since it is vector based and scalable to infinity?
Thanks for your commitment to us.
    Kamen
    2 years ago
    Thanks
    asART. 3D & motion graphics. It works.
2 years ago
Hi Andrew

Thanks for the awesome font, a reccomendation that I have is to make the lowercase letters "small caps" so they will be half the size of the uppercase letters. That way, you can typeset your billing block so much quicker.

Thanks again
Eugene
Foo
2 years ago
I once needed this font and I found it by the name of SF MOVIE POSTER on dafont.com - took my like two hous to find it back then.. :(
Jay
2 years ago
I don't think I've met a more generous person then Andrew, Thanks for always taking the time to give.
Matt O
2 years ago
There are also a few "industry" created fonts made specifically for film poster credits like these.

I have a few from work I did years ago on the marketing and dvd side of the film business.

These fonts basically have dual line wording credits assigned to individual characters/keystrokes. For instance, typing lowercase 'a' creates the words "written by" split over two lines. If you type uppercase 'A' you get an uppercase A at exactly the right/correct height when appearing next to the lowercase 'a' dual line credit. They are an absolute lifesaver and can save an enormous amount of time compared to manually typesetting a whole lot of credits.

There are also industry logo fonts which include all the individual studio logos assigned to individual keys (inc dvd/blu-ray logos as well as other logos such as Dolby etc) that you might need when creating artwork such as DVD slicks/posters/ads etc. They too save a heap of time and mean you only need to supply printers etc with one font instead of a folder full of individual logos. It is also very useful if you have multiple artists working in a studio as all you have to do is ensure that every computer/user installs one font to have access to all the elements they might need.

I created one of these logo fonts years ago when I worked as an art director for a large record label, we had all the sub-label logos, compact disc logos etc assigned to individual keys. I also added several 'hidden' graphic elements to the font such as an image of our boss (who we all hated) with a leaking ass for a mouth if you hit an obscure key combination such as option+'t'

I'd upload the above mentioned fonts here, but am unsure of the legality of it and don't want to cause Andrew and co any trouble which might take time away from them doing what they do best!
I'm sure the fonts are out there though, do a search on the net for the following fonts/files which are only a few I can remember off the top of my head;

• BlackMagic Font 3
• Top Billing
• Universal Accreditation
• Mush Font

Good luck hunting!!
2 years ago
You're a beautiful man, Andrew Kramer.
2 years ago
Man, you are too strong for all of us. :)
cheekylilbasterd
2 years ago
I just finished this poster http://youtu.be/zxWCOLiUTTI for a movie I'm editing. And I was looking for this type of text everywhere , couldn't find it , it's like every time I need something videocopilot comes up with it, it was the same with twitch, action essentials , sound fx, that jungle tutorial and the biggest was Element. how are the doing this
Paul
2 years ago
Flippen cool ! Thanks !
2 years ago
Thanks!
So, i guess you've done all the derelict/ruined landscapes of Revolution ep2 ?
2 years ago
Very great! Thank you!
2 years ago
    lucien reis
    2 years ago
    :-( why are you selling Action Essentials 2 on a copy of the videocopilot website?
    2 years ago
    My Pattern is video copilot (Andrew Kramer)
    I'm going to do these things for the progress I have
Robbo
2 years ago
nice font.. :) thanks Andrew.. ..and nice reference in fake trailer to J.J.Abrams usage of lens flares .. no doubt optical flares ;)
Joel Berberena
2 years ago
Maybe they traced over the real font in illustrator and came up with this? But thanks for this free font VC
2 years ago
thanks Andrew Kremer
Missourial
2 years ago
Thank you my friend. Well, you're not actually my friend. In fact we have never met. I'm not sure if you have to meet someone to be their friend. Then if the previous statement is to be true, then we actually could be friends. So thanks my friend!
Ali
2 years ago
thank you for the thingie!
onkar h
2 years ago
thx andrew:)
2 years ago
As mentioned above, Steel Tongs is a great font. I create a lot of movie posters and I use Univers font family most of the time: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/univers/
2 years ago
You mean drawn in Illustrator and then forged in FontLab or something?
2 years ago
So... which one of you guys studied typography? Its a lot of work making a font from scratch. For free... ? Are you sure? 'Cause, ya know, this is a really pretty good font. Especially having been made in Illustrator (not sure how one does that...)
Badger
2 years ago
Its very good. Thank you.
2 years ago
Nice! Loving Element 3d by the by:

https://vimeo.com/49997003
    Serge
    2 years ago
    That's really cool
    2 years ago
    Dude, that's pretty slick work. Good use of Element! :)
The Doctor
2 years ago
still funny jajaa. You know Andrew... The dynamic your humor gives to the tutorials is priceless as well. It´s really hard to follow others tuts and not get bored after watching yours.

Thanks for the for the font and all the hard work.
Jake
2 years ago
Wow. Not 30 seconds ago, I was looking at the credits on a fake movie poster made for my wedding (had it in a theater, the bulk of the ceremony was a 20-minute musical on the big screen). I used Steel Tongs, which is great, but has some limitations. Never *was* too happy with those credits.

I come here, and you've provided this for download. Awesome font, Andrew, and please continue being psychic.
dean
2 years ago
thanks Andrew, i needed that..
2 years ago
Nice font. It could serve more purposes than this one. Thank you.
There's also Steel Tongs that another user commented about, which is a good alternative and it's also free.

By the way, is there a chance you could add Spanish characters as well? Like "Ñ" or "Á". Thanks again!
Jason
2 years ago
haha you guys are ligit! thanks!
Mike K.
2 years ago
As a graphic designer myself fonts free of licensing restrictions are always welcome. Thank you! It's little things like this (as well as the quality of your tools) that make me feel good about continuing to support VCP with my money.

That said, if you need a similar font with accents, glyphs, ligatures, etc. you can try googling "extra condensed gothic fonts."
Rafael Rodriguez
2 years ago
how can we do our own font?
J. Jonás Guevara
2 years ago
Thank, I have never thougth in that broh ' jajajaa
2 years ago
Thanks again, sir. God bless you guys!
Pabellino
2 years ago
Muchas gracias tío! eres muy grande! un saludos desde España!
2 years ago
How would you say this font compares to SF Movie Font? That's the only other free font I've found. Great work sir.
    2 years ago
    I just compared SF Movie Poster and this one. The winner? VCP! Fantastic work :)
2 years ago
Thanks so much. It's things like this that make me keep coming back to Video Copilot!
mxprod
2 years ago
2 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to add little freebies here and there, like this font and psd setup. I burned a few hours last week trying to hand make something like this. You keep saving me time Andrew and that helps me with the makings of the moneys and then I buy more VCP stuff... Speaking of which: Can't wait for the Metro Pack! FYI: there is an error up on your 3d packs products page, where I can see part of the Metro Pack button.
2 years ago
haha! very cool, thanks :)
2 years ago
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!
2 years ago
Thank you slim, much appreciated....now release Optical Flairs v2 and some model packs so I can give you this money! :-)
2 years ago
Providing free things like this is awesome because small touches like professional looking titles for fake trailers isn't something that often has time to be put toward, so thanks immensely. That's how you spark fan loyalty.

Now, how about a "fake trailer" contest to win some swag? ;)
2 years ago
Steel Tongs is also a pretty neat font for this (it should be free for use)
http://www.abstractfonts.com/font/11551
Jared
2 years ago
unreal, you're a legend
Paul Revere
2 years ago
Andrew, any idea why do they use this technique in every movie. ON EVERY DVD OR BLU-RAY? Is it a tradition?
    John
    2 years ago
    Try writing that much required text in a normal font while fitting it in a small space. There's your answer.
    Andrew Robinson
    2 years ago
    Arguing over where in the credits names appear, and how big the credits are is something that Hollywood people love to argue over. It used to be quite common for stars (or their agents) to demand their names were written in letters of at least a certain height on posters. With everyone doing this, pretty soon the fonts used on posters and in credits ended up being really tall and thin.
2 years ago
Sweet. Thanks Buddy.
2 years ago
Similar to Univers Ultra Condensed which is what I usually use - but an excellent free alternative. Thanks so much, Mr. K!
George
2 years ago
Looks awesome:)Thanks a lot Andrew.
2 years ago
Thank you Andrew!
This is awesome!
OtaPro
2 years ago
Here's my 3D logo made with Element 3D.
http://vimeo.com/49931533
L A Webley
2 years ago
Splendid! This website remains an unparallelled resource and inspiration.
Peter Nielsen
2 years ago
Very cool font, thanks! A very similar font is, however, avaliable, called Alien League. Squeeze it a little bit, and it is essentially the same.

It can be downloaded here:

http://www.dafont.com/alien-league.font
    2 years ago
    it's got some weird "alien" lines in some of the letters.
    nazmi
    2 years ago
    that "Q" letter looks so wrong...
    OlympiaLogger
    2 years ago
    Not even close.
mootte
2 years ago
nice font, but I have the entire font collection of knockout, the font is one of the, the collection of this font is 300, - Dollar
    ZareOne
    2 years ago
    I'm not sure I understand correctly. Are you saying this font has been borrowed from a paid collection (Knockout) that sells for 300USD? Excuse me if I've misunderstood your comment.
    2 years ago
    I'm not sure I've heard of that font but this Font is 100% created from scratch in illustrator.
    ZareOne
    2 years ago
    @Andrew I've never doubted your font is not 100% original, created by Video Copilot. Just wanted to clarify motte's comment, since I'm not sure I understand what he meant.
    2 years ago
    Maybe feature a quick tip on how you made the font one day? :)
2 years ago
Thank you so much Andrew!
Don
2 years ago
Best site on the Interwebs!!
2 years ago
Looks great! Thanks for doing that thing you do, Mr. Kramer and friends.

-Simon
Ian
2 years ago
Thank you - its awesome!
2 years ago
wow! thank you so much Andrew! that's really generous of u, as always!
2 years ago
"Put the font thingie in your font folder thingie." lol!!
    2 years ago
    To be honest, where exactly to install this thing? Sorry for such stupid question but i seriously have no idea where this should be installed in MacBook Pro.
2 years ago
You're always thinking... And it's much appreciated! Love the trailer, definitely lol. Looking forward to the city pack too.
Sathyanpro
2 years ago
Awesome !! thanks a lot bro
David Martin
2 years ago
Thank you... Also, hilarious link to fake trailer - If you know your producers you'll get the jokes :D
2 years ago
Just what I needed! I'll include VC too!
2 years ago
This is awesome. Great timing. Was dreading making this for a project.
2 years ago
YES! Thanks always wanted to use this, haha.
Ted
2 years ago
Awesome! How about a major motion picture credit roll with things in industry standard order, if such a thing exists.
2 years ago
Very nice thankyou. I've had more than my fair share of (failed) attempts to recreate these properly. Mucho appreciated \^^/
Tamas
2 years ago
Nice! This can be usefull! Thanks a lot
2 years ago
It's the little things in life. :D
2 years ago
very usefull, thnx AK
Étienne
2 years ago
Great, that's pretty useful! Thanks!
2 years ago
Thanks :) Check out my channel! StampersMedia on YouTube :)
Tim
2 years ago
That's just awesome!! Thank You!
    Les Armistead
    2 years ago
    I especially like the installation instructions! :D
Hani
2 years ago
Thank u Andrew ,,,,,,,,,,,,:)
    ed
    2 years ago
    GREAT ENLIGHTENMENT Jeff. had US rolling on the floor.
    GOOD FIND
    Les Armistead
    2 years ago
    I mean... WOW! I was rolling! Whoever produces these should do one for every movie ever MADE!
    Mr Steele
    2 years ago
    dude this is absolutely hilarious!!!
    Mike
    2 years ago
    Wow... maybe one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Also another funny thing: HD DVD logo in the template? You'll never quit it with your ridiculous jokes, Andrew, one day it'll be the end of you like how it nearly was at your NAB presentation hahaha. (Never change.)
    2 years ago
    Lovely video :P

    And an even more wicked font! :D Good job on this!
    trueindie
    2 years ago
    how can they do this without violating copyrights? does anybody know?
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