WSC Titans of Titles

Title Design Titans

September 17, 2019 A DGA Women's Steering Committee Event

On September 17, the DGA’s Women's Steering Committee (WSC) hosted the panel discussion Title Design Titans prior to their regular bi-monthly meeting. Held in the Los Angeles Boardroom, the event featured a conversation with Directors/Title Designers Lisa Bolan and Karin Fong, who established their careers in the field of title design.

Following an introduction by WSC Co-Chair Maria Burton who also moderated the conversation, Bolan and Fong spoke about their careers and covered subjects such as the importance of capturing a Director’s vision via imagery in the title sequence, establishing pace and tone during the editing of an opening sequence, and the value of title design and potential iconic imagery to marketing projects. The conversation was illustrated by several title sequences selected by the panelists. Following the presentation, the floor was opened to questions from the audience.


Lisa BolanLisa Bolan is a Director and Title Designer who has designed more than 30 film and television titles including Bill Condon’s feature The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part One & Part Two, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel; series such as Queen Sugar, The Alienist and Altered Carbon; and specials such as The Oscars. She was nominated for an Emmy this year for her title design for Director Joe Berlinger’s documentary mini-series, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. Bolan has been a DGA member since 2016.

Karin FongKarin Fong is a Director and award-winning Title Designer working at the intersection of film, television, and graphic design. Her projects include the opening credits for the television series and numerous feature films. She was nominated for Emmy Awards for her title design work on Black Sails, Boardwalk Empire, Rubicon, Human Target and Chuck. She won the 2018 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design for Counterpart. She had previously won the same award in 2001 for Masterpiece Theatre. Fong has also helmed spots for major brands, including LEGO, Lexus, Target, Sony PlayStation, Toyota, and Herman Miller. She has been a DGA member since 2001.


The Women's Steering Committee (WSC) was created to advance the professional interests of its members, and to heighten their visibility and career opportunities in the entertainment industry. The WSC currently promotes diversity through sponsoring networking events, screenings and seminars, and fosters relationships between the members to provide support, mentoring and networking opportunities. The WSC’s current Co-Chairs are Maria Burton, Hanelle Culpepper and Liz Ryan.


photo by DGA Staff

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