Whether you’re a hardcore fan or unfamiliar with the universe created by George Lucas, you can’t have escaped the iconic Star Wars intro text. It took a team of designers to create the opening title crawl that has become entrenched in pop culture since A New Hope landed in cinemas back in 1977.
In honor of May the Fourth, we’re going to be looking at a selection of Star Wars themed templates to give your work that sci-fi feel and learn a few more specifics about how the original Star Wars intro text was created. You’ll be pleased to know you won’t need an army of designers to recreate that iconic Star Wars style!
Part 1: Star Wars Intro Text Templates
Impress your viewers with this fantastic Star Wars opening title inspired template. This After Effects template includes color and text speed controllers without plugins. The text scrolls into the middle distance, with the readable text appearing in the lower third.
Customizability is simple as you can easily edit the text, color, and speed of your title sequence. You can even change the background, allowing you to add your own footage or images to this iconic opening.
Much like the Star Wars Opener, the Galaxy Wars template uses no plugins, and tailoring all the principal elements is reasonably straightforward. The text scrolls at an angle, allowing two-thirds of the screen to display readable text.
If you’re looking for the full Star War effect that includes the famous “A Long Time Ago…” precursor to the tiles, then this will be the template for you. Customize these world-famous titles in just a few clicks.
Part 2: Star Wars Inspired Downloads
Star Trailer is a beautifully designed, easily customizable Premiere Pro template. Including 10 editable scenes, these cinematic titles will add production value to any trailer or film.
The template uses no plugins and includes color controllers and a stunning free font. You can even download the example content under a creative commons license. The epic Star Trailer is sure to impress your audience and add a touch of dramatic flair to your project.
Travel In Space is a stunning forward motion (Z direction) journey through the stars. Perfect for using as a background image for text and titles, or get creative; add your own animated elements or use to replace the green screen.
The video file is available 4K (4096×2304) to allow for maximum impact. Your viewers will love this beautiful voyage through bright shining stars and faint blue nebulas.
The Light Speed pack contains 4 stock motion graphics with alpha channels, making them perfect for transitions in your films and trailers. Inspired by the iconic Star Wars jump to hyperspace, these transitions will allow you to jump through deep space in a matter of seconds.
The pack contains a standard forward and reverse jump video, as well as a faulty and a super dense light speed jump, which you can combine to create even more transition effects. The videos are provided in 4K, giving you the ability to cleanly manipulate the color of the transition with AE color change tools.
Part 3: The Iconic Opener… the Effect Explained
Amongst the many sins of the digitally altered (some might say mangled) special editions of the original Star War Trilogy was the fully digital recreations of the painstakingly created, and iconic, opening title sequence. Back in the 70s, everything was done using practical effects, and the opener was no exception.
You might have assumed that it was achieved using good old fashioned compositing, but it was not. The vanishing point, logo design, and lightspeed effects were all done by a team of designers with painstaking precision. It’s simple enough to create from scratch today – but not so much in 1976!
The Vanishing Point & Opening Crawl
The method to create the opening crawl was revolutionary at the time, but it was a delicate process that took years of development to perfect. The idea for the crawl itself was borrowed from the popular film serials shown in cinemas when George Lucas was growing up.
It was created using a 6 foot long printed plate with an elaborate camera rig set up to move very slowly down the plate. The same time-consuming process had to be undertaken for multiple different languages for its international release too.
Another iconic special effect element from Star Wars we still see today is the jump to lightspeed (or hyperspeed if you prefer). The stars rapidly blur to become dozens of single streaks of light. We might take for granted how simple enough effect to create from scratch today using digital tools!
The Logo & Font Design
Legendary designer Dan Perri (The Exorcist, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) created the original logo for George Lucas back in 1976. Commonly known as “The Vanishing Point Logo,” Perri’s work was ultimately not used in the film with Lucas employing the skills of the graphic designer, Suzy Rice.
While Perri’s design has the S and T joined, Rice added the join up of the R and S and redeveloped the logo into what we know today. As a consolation prize, Perri’s logo was used on posters and other marketing materials for the original film. Seeking to put a modern spin on the old fashioned idea, Lucas employed the talents of many designers to create the font and various iterations of the logo.
Star Wars films are beloved across the universe, and there is no mistaking the effect it has had on the film industry. Using Star Wars intro text templates from Motion Array are the perfect way to pay homage to a film series that has united audiences and filmmakers alike.
May the force be with you…!