The Scrooge Mystery - Lettering

I've had the great pleasure and privilege to work on the lettering for the 12 chapter titles of the documentary The Scrooge Mystery


The brief consisted of three main requirements. First, the titles had to be hand-drawn, in order to go with the vintage feel of the movie. They had to be delivered in black and white so they could be animated later in the process of the production. Secondly, the main inspiration had to come from the graphic universe of artist Don Rosa. Last but not least, the composition and typographic choices had to contribute to the storytelling of each chapter of the movie.


Here are two examples with clear inspirations: "The Dream of a Lifetime" from Don Rosa's work and "Dismal Disney" based on a trailer from the 30s for Dracula.   



Based on these criteria, we worked hand in hand with director Morgann Gicquel to define each chapter's look and feel. For many, we were quite literal in the reference to Don Rosa whereas others drew from various inspirations to convey a specific atmosphere or illustrate a concept. Here are examples from the final titles.