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Alien Title Sequence Designer Richard Alan Greenberg Dies Aged 71

Alien title sequence designer and Predator special effects artist Richard Alan Greenberg has sadly died at age 71. The Hollywood Reporter have announced (via Xenomorphing) that Greenberg passed away on the 16th of June in New York following issues with appendicitis.

Richard Alan Greenberg has a very involved history with both the Alien and Predator franchises. Along with his brother Robert, the two designed the iconic title sequence for Alien.

Back in 2013 Art of the Title had the opportunity to chat to Richard about his work on Alien.

The titles came from the idea of something “unsettling.” It’s disturbing to people to see those little bits of type coming on. I think Steve Frankfurt once said to me that sound is 50% of a film and I agree with that. So we abstracted the idea of the off-putting sound but in a typographic way. We wanted to set up tension and as these little bits come in, they seem very mechanical. We wanted to break the type apart using that letter-spaced sans serif, which really hadn’t been done in film before. When the bits finally resolve into a word, I think people weren’t prepared to read it as a title because of the spacing.

Alongside his brother, Stan Winston and Joel Hynek, Richard Greenberg was also a part of the special effects team on Predator that received Oscar and Saturn Award nominations.

 Alien Title Sequence Designer Richard Alan Greenberg Dies Aged 71

In addition to Alien, Richard has plenty of other title design credits to his name including Flash Gordon and Star Trek: Nemesis.

The thoughts of the Aliens vs. Predator Galaxy staff and community go out to Richard Greenberg’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Richard.



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Comments: 13
  1. Huggs
    wish i had taken steps to learn of his work when he was still alive.

    I knew nothing about the man either. But, I think that even though some of us weren't necessarily aware of who he was and what his particular contributions to film were, that he was included (to some extent) in the appreciation the fans have for this movie and for all of those talented people who were involved in bringing it into existence.
  2. acrediblesource
    I hope he had a great career because having two or three ridley scott films under your belt would not pay the bills for an entire life time. Hope he lived a good life doing what he loved to do even if he didn't do it all the time. He should be remembered for Alien but forgotten as someone who lived a normal life like anyone else had done .
  3. redalert51
    The greats in Cinema , have left us a “Legacy in their work .I just viewed “Aliens, Bill Paxton shines as Hudson
    , just after the drop ship crashes his panic banter with Burke is priceless..And the same with you will see his body of work live on ,
  4. dinosauriac
    The opening titles of Alien and Superman never fail to give me goosebumps, and of course the cloaking and thermography in Predator are legendary. Advertising people sometimes get a bad rap, but there's seriously impressive artistry involved in this work and he was one of the best. Thanks for linking to the Art of the Title interview, was great reading about how R/Greenberg got started.
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