For 40 years, Nina Saxon has been a pioneer in the area of designing movie titles. She is still one of the few women working in this part of the industry.
NAME: Nina Saxon
COMPANY: Nina Saxon Design
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We design main and end titles for film and television as well as branding for still and moving images.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Making a moving introduction for films, like a book cover, that introduces a film. Or it might be simple type over picture. Also watching a film and showing the director samples or storyboards of what I think should be used for the film.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
That I’m one of only a few women in this field and have worked for 40 years, hiring others to help me only if necessary.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
When my project is done and I get to see my finished work up on the screen.
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Waiting to be paid.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRODUCTIVE TIME OF THE DAY?
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I’d probably be a psychologist.
HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
In 1975, I was in the film department at UCLA and decided I was determined to work in the film business.
CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
The upcoming documentary on Paul McCartney called Here, There and Everywhere, and upcoming entertainment industry corporate logos that will be revealed in October. In the past, I did the movie Salt with Angeline Jolie and the movie Flight with Denzel Washington.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Working on the main title open for Forrest Gump.
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My iPad, iPhone and computer
WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I exercise a lot, five to six days a week; drink a nice glass of wine; try to get enough sleep; listen to music while meditating before sleep; and make sure I know what I need to do the next day before I go to bed.