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Nina Saxon Design, One of Entertainment Industry’s Leading Film Design Studios, Completes Sequences for “Rum Diary,” “Yellow Handkerchief” and “Dear John”

Santa Monica, CA, March 29, 2010 — Nina Saxon Design, one of the entertainment industry’s leading design production studios, specializing in main and end titles, title sequences, and animated motion graphics logos for major motion pictures, television movies and TV programs, and entertainment production companies, has completed main title design sequences for one upcoming, and two recent, high profile feature films. The announcement was made by the company’s president, Nina Saxon, widely acknowledged for close to 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and successful title designers.

Nina Saxon Design has completed the main title sequence for the GK Films release “The Rum Diary,� starring Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart, based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. That film, from producer Graham King, is currently seeking distribution at the Cannes Film Festival. “The Rum Diary,� directed by Bruce Robinson (who also wrote the screenplay), depicts the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.

Regarding her title design projects, Saxon says, “I see my work as providing an introduction to a film that sets both an artistic and a thematic tone. When I do my job well, the audience is involved with the film, before the credits have even finished.�

Nina Saxon Design also completed the entire opening sequence for the recent film “The Yellow Handkerchief,� for director Udayan Prasad and producer Arthur Cohn. That film, which stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, and Kristen Stewart, presents the story of a road trip through Louisiana, which transforms three strangers, who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Recently, Nina Saxon Design also produced and delivered the opening sequence for the hit, teen film “Dear John.� That film marked the sixth collaboration between its director, Lasse Hallstrom, and Nina Saxon.

In other news from the company, Nina Saxon Design also created and produced the opening sequences for the upcoming film “Leonie,� and for the recent films “Have You Heard About The Morgans;� “Hachi, A Dog’s Tale� (again working with Lasse Hallstrom); “The Jane Austen Book Club� (for client Robin Swicord, who was also the screenwriter for “Memoirs of a Geisha�); “What Just Happened?� (for director Barry Levinson, following Nina Saxon’s earlier work with Levinson on “Tin Men� and “Disclosure�); and “Soul Man� (for client David Friendly, with whom Saxon also worked on “Big Momma’s House 1 & 2�).


Founded by Nina Saxon in l981 in Santa Monica, CA, Nina Saxon Design is one of the entertainment industry’s leading design production studios for feature film and television projects. The New York Times has cited Nina Saxon, an Emmy Award winner, as “One of the most sought-after designers in the entertainment business.�

In addition to its work in the overall development, creation and production of motion picture and television main and end titles, title sequences, and animated motion graphics logos for entertainment production companies, Nina Saxon Design also acts to oversee title design budgets, art direction, and the postproduction process behind those titles and sequences. The company also serves as liaison between the title design process and each project’s producers, directors and editors, as well as between studio postproduction supervisors, executives and legal departments.

Historically, Nina Saxon Design has contributed over 300 feature film main titles, including those for such hit movies as “Dear John,� “Music and Lyrics,� “Cider House Rules,� “The Fugitive,� “Forrest Gump,� “Beauty and the Beast,� “The Princess Diaries,� “Stepmom,� “The Little Mermaid,� “The Hunt for Red October,� “Primary Colors,� “Mrs. Doubtfire,� “Contact,� “Die Hard 2,� ““Rush Hour,� “Romancing the Stone,� “Snakes on a Plane,� “Scooby Doo,� “Big Momma’s House 1 & 2,� and the entire “Back to the Future� trilogy.

In the area of television programs, Nina Saxon Design has produced main titles for such hits as “Notes from the Underbelly,� “Life With Bonnie,� “Picket Fences,� HBO’s “Something the Lord Made,� HBO’s “61*,� “Early Edition,� “Fantasy Island,� and “Wings,� among others.

For its entertainment production company clients, Nina Saxon Design first produces corporate logos for print, and then translates these new logos into motion graphics for the screen. The company’s corporate clients have included Stephen Bochco, Alcon Entertainment, Interscope/Polygram Entertainment, Josephson Entertainment, Grub Street Productions, and HSI Entertainment, to name some.

Nina Saxon Design is located at 930 20th St, # 5, Santa Monica, CA, 90302, and the phone is 310/453-7044.