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.


    September 26th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm
    GREAT ENLIGHTENMENT Jeff. had US rolling on the floor.
    Les Armistead
    September 27th, 2012 @ 6:57 am
    I mean... WOW! I was rolling! Whoever produces these should do one for every movie ever MADE!
    Mr Steele
    September 27th, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
    dude this is absolutely hilarious!!!
    September 29th, 2012 @ 3:55 am
    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.)
    September 30th, 2012 @ 12:42 am
    Lovely video :P

    And an even more wicked font! :D Good job on this!
    October 3rd, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
    how can they do this without violating copyrights? does anybody know?
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:25 am
Thank u Andrew ,,,,,,,,,,,,:)
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:27 am
That's just awesome!! Thank You!
    Les Armistead
    September 27th, 2012 @ 6:59 am
    I especially like the installation instructions! :D
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:27 am
Thanks :) Check out my channel! StampersMedia on YouTube :)
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:28 am
Great, that's pretty useful! Thanks!
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:29 am
very usefull, thnx AK
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:29 am
It's the little things in life. :D
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:31 am
Nice! This can be usefull! Thanks a lot
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:31 am
Very nice thankyou. I've had more than my fair share of (failed) attempts to recreate these properly. Mucho appreciated \^^/
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:31 am
Awesome! How about a major motion picture credit roll with things in industry standard order, if such a thing exists.
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:31 am
YES! Thanks always wanted to use this, haha.
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:35 am
This is awesome. Great timing. Was dreading making this for a project.
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:35 am
Just what I needed! I'll include VC too!
David Martin
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:36 am
Thank you... Also, hilarious link to fake trailer - If you know your producers you'll get the jokes :D
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:36 am
Awesome !! thanks a lot bro
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:37 am
You're always thinking... And it's much appreciated! Love the trailer, definitely lol. Looking forward to the city pack too.
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:38 am
"Put the font thingie in your font folder thingie." lol!!
    October 5th, 2012 @ 5:29 am
    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.
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:40 am
wow! thank you so much Andrew! that's really generous of u, as always!
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:41 am
Thank you - its awesome!
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:47 am
Looks great! Thanks for doing that thing you do, Mr. Kramer and friends.

September 26th, 2012 @ 11:52 am
Best site on the Interwebs!!
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:52 am
Thank you so much Andrew!
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:56 am
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
    September 26th, 2012 @ 12:43 pm
    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.
    September 26th, 2012 @ 12:53 pm
    I'm not sure I've heard of that font but this Font is 100% created from scratch in illustrator.
    September 26th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
    @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.
    September 30th, 2012 @ 12:43 am
    Maybe feature a quick tip on how you made the font one day? :)
Peter Nielsen
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:56 am
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:
    September 26th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
    it's got some weird "alien" lines in some of the letters.
    September 29th, 2012 @ 7:34 am
    that "Q" letter looks so wrong...
    October 1st, 2012 @ 5:48 pm
    Not even close.
L A Webley
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:59 am
Splendid! This website remains an unparallelled resource and inspiration.
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:05 pm
Here's my 3D logo made with Element 3D.
    September 26th, 2012 @ 10:10 pm
    OtaPro, WOWZERS!!!!!!! Awesome job!!!!!!!
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm
Thank you Andrew!
This is awesome!
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
Looks awesome:)Thanks a lot Andrew.
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:16 pm
Similar to Univers Ultra Condensed which is what I usually use - but an excellent free alternative. Thanks so much, Mr. K!
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
Sweet. Thanks Buddy.
Paul Revere
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
Andrew, any idea why do they use this technique in every movie. ON EVERY DVD OR BLU-RAY? Is it a tradition?
    September 26th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm
    Try writing that much required text in a normal font while fitting it in a small space. There's your answer.
    Andrew Robinson
    September 27th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
    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.
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
unreal, you're a legend
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
Steel Tongs is also a pretty neat font for this (it should be free for use)
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
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? ;)
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
Thank you slim, much release Optical Flairs v2 and some model packs so I can give you this money! :-)
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:47 pm
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!
September 26th, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
haha! very cool, thanks :)
September 26th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm
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.
September 26th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
September 26th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Thanks so much. It's things like this that make me keep coming back to Video Copilot!
September 26th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm
How would you say this font compares to SF Movie Font? That's the only other free font I've found. Great work sir.
    September 26th, 2012 @ 7:53 pm
    I just compared SF Movie Poster and this one. The winner? VCP! Fantastic work :)
September 26th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
Muchas gracias tío! eres muy grande! un saludos desde España!
September 26th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm
Thanks again, sir. God bless you guys!
J. Jonás Guevara
September 26th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
Thank, I have never thougth in that broh ' jajajaa
Rafael Rodriguez
September 26th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
how can we do our own font?
Mike K.
September 26th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
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."
September 26th, 2012 @ 3:14 pm
haha you guys are ligit! thanks!
September 26th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm
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!
September 26th, 2012 @ 4:09 pm
thanks Andrew, i needed that..
September 26th, 2012 @ 4:26 pm
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.
The Doctor
September 26th, 2012 @ 4:31 pm
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.
September 26th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm
Nice! Loving Element 3d by the by:
    September 27th, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
    That's really cool
    September 28th, 2012 @ 11:05 am
    Dude, that's pretty slick work. Good use of Element! :)
September 26th, 2012 @ 7:12 pm
Its very good. Thank you.
September 26th, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
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...)
September 26th, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
You mean drawn in Illustrator and then forged in FontLab or something?
September 26th, 2012 @ 7:48 pm
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:
onkar h
September 26th, 2012 @ 7:27 pm
thx andrew:)
September 26th, 2012 @ 8:28 pm
thank you for the thingie!
September 26th, 2012 @ 8:45 pm
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!
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:17 pm
thanks Andrew Kremer
Joel Berberena
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:37 pm
Maybe they traced over the real font in illustrator and came up with this? But thanks for this free font VC
September 26th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm
nice font.. :) thanks Andrew.. ..and nice reference in fake trailer to J.J.Abrams usage of lens flares .. no doubt optical flares ;)
September 27th, 2012 @ 12:59 am
    lucien reis
    September 30th, 2012 @ 1:00 am
    :-( why are you selling Action Essentials 2 on a copy of the videocopilot website?
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 10:16 am
    My Pattern is video copilot (Andrew Kramer)
    I'm going to do these things for the progress I have
September 27th, 2012 @ 1:01 am
Very great! Thank you!
September 27th, 2012 @ 1:07 am
So, i guess you've done all the derelict/ruined landscapes of Revolution ep2 ?
September 27th, 2012 @ 1:25 am
Flippen cool ! Thanks !
September 27th, 2012 @ 2:59 am
I just finished this poster 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
September 27th, 2012 @ 3:33 am
Man, you are too strong for all of us. :)
September 27th, 2012 @ 3:45 am
You're a beautiful man, Andrew Kramer.
Matt O
September 27th, 2012 @ 4:18 am
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!!
September 27th, 2012 @ 4:19 am
I don't think I've met a more generous person then Andrew, Thanks for always taking the time to give.
September 27th, 2012 @ 5:34 am
I once needed this font and I found it by the name of SF MOVIE POSTER on - took my like two hous to find it back then.. :(
September 27th, 2012 @ 7:19 am
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
September 27th, 2012 @ 9:16 am
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.
    September 30th, 2012 @ 5:37 am
    asART. 3D & motion graphics. It works.
September 27th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
Very nice font , Thanks for all things
September 27th, 2012 @ 11:24 am
Great and nice font. Thank you.
September 27th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm
Thankx Sir this means to me Alot :D
Matt Brown
September 27th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm
Huzzah! Thanks, Andrew!
September 27th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
Thanks a lot Andrew :)
September 27th, 2012 @ 9:43 pm
Ta! So you put the thingie IN the thingie? :p :)
September 27th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm
Could you make a tutorial how to create a cool title sequence? Like the one seen in the Avengers? That would be cool ;-)
Riaan van der Merwe
September 27th, 2012 @ 11:55 pm
Andrew Kramer, again taking the little man and giving them the BIG GUNS!
September 28th, 2012 @ 1:35 am
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 ;)
September 28th, 2012 @ 2:57 am
You are awesome!!!No man is better than you
September 28th, 2012 @ 3:57 am
OR.. Right click the thingie and install the thingie :D
September 28th, 2012 @ 6:04 am
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 ;-)
September 28th, 2012 @ 6:09 am
sorry wrong link here it is
September 28th, 2012 @ 10:59 am
Hey, Sweet! Thanks Andrew, I'm always looking for things to help sell a fake trailer, and this is just what I needed! :)
September 28th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
.. 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 !
September 29th, 2012 @ 12:13 am
thanks vc! vc rules!
September 29th, 2012 @ 12:23 am
If only I had had that font when I made this:
(English subtitles available, just click the "CC" thingie.)
September 29th, 2012 @ 5:39 am
Thanks a lot Andrew, and all Videocopilot guys!
September 29th, 2012 @ 10:45 am
September 29th, 2012 @ 11:13 am
Nice one, Andrew. Have you thought about making it available on Google Webfonts?
September 29th, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
in The Big Show-Bowski, how did you overlay the videos and make them look solid?
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 9:21 am
    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.
September 29th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
sooo awesome!!! you guys are just the best!!!! high five :)
Adrian Ramirez
September 29th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
September 29th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
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.
September 30th, 2012 @ 3:16 pm
Thanks guys! You're awesome. Much appreciated.
September 30th, 2012 @ 5:24 pm
Isn't it "knock your block off"?
October 1st, 2012 @ 11:12 am
Thanks so much Andrew this is really awesome!
October 1st, 2012 @ 5:53 pm
There's nothing better than free stuff...

...except for free stuff that's better than store-bought stuff!
October 1st, 2012 @ 6:28 pm
awesome, this is not the place but, thanks andrew, you made this possible, and of course, me too
October 2nd, 2012 @ 7:42 am
Thank you for the font Andrew! You rock, i love videocopilot!
October 2nd, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
Anyone who didn't click "fake trailer" is really missing out....
Oladipo Ogundipe
October 2nd, 2012 @ 11:29 pm
Thank you...that's why we love you.
October 3rd, 2012 @ 12:08 am
Your a class act Andrew and co. Thanks again mate
October 3rd, 2012 @ 3:18 am
hey, thanks for free font Andrew. and btw I have created first short animation in '3d space' that you should check out!
October 3rd, 2012 @ 6:03 am
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?
    October 4th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
    Haha.... That's very funny
October 4th, 2012 @ 8:49 am
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.
October 5th, 2012 @ 12:38 am
What license it is distributed under?
October 5th, 2012 @ 5:27 am
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?
Will Fisher
October 5th, 2012 @ 9:05 am
JJ Abrams showing off your work Andrew.
I love your app.
October 5th, 2012 @ 9:23 am
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:
October 5th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm
There is another free font called 'Tall Films' which does exactly the same thing... But thanks video copilot. Now we have two lol
October 6th, 2012 @ 1:27 am
Very funny. I think I let out a little bit of wee :0)
October 6th, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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 !
    October 6th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
    Hey, could you shed some light on how ti was doen i really enjoyed it! thx
October 6th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm
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.
October 7th, 2012 @ 1:20 pm
Hey Andrew This stuff is great man!
October 8th, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
Andrew I was visiting 32TEN Studios, and I think you did also,
I signed the wall.
October 9th, 2012 @ 12:26 am
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!!!!
October 11th, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

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.

October 11th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
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.
October 12th, 2012 @ 6:18 am
It is great!!!! I just did it old school and for any next project this is awesome! Thanks Andrew!!!!
Felipe Valladares
October 13th, 2012 @ 5:21 am
I asume this comes from Alexander Alexandrov, he have a previous work in font design with "Typograph Pro". Now they work together in VC.
October 15th, 2012 @ 8:10 am
I think this font is similar to SF Movieposter. Could that be?
    October 15th, 2012 @ 9:08 am
    It's different
October 15th, 2012 @ 7:32 pm
Here is a teaser of our current project, an action/scifi film. We used the Credit Block font.
October 19th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
What a cool freebie!
October 21st, 2012 @ 11:40 am
Awesomeballzz. Thanks a looooooot!!!! :D
October 22nd, 2012 @ 3:18 am
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
October 31st, 2012 @ 6:26 am
... another great tool by Andrew. Thanks a lot!
November 1st, 2012 @ 11:39 am
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!
mico catipon
November 5th, 2012 @ 5:08 am
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!
November 9th, 2012 @ 4:43 am
Hi, only to say...where are the accents and other symbols for other languages?

best regards
November 15th, 2012 @ 2:52 am
wow, thanks - very very nice !!!
February 23rd, 2013 @ 6:43 am
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.
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