The DinnerBack to Title design
- DirectorMenno Meyjes
- ProducerEyeworks Film & TV Drama
Maarten Swart, Reinout Oerlemans
- Title animation & compositingDennis Kleyn, NVX
- Graphic design & typographyDonald Roos
- Releasenajaar 2013
- Running time87 minuten
- Director of photographySander Snoep, NSC
- EditorMichiel Reichwein, NCE
- GradingGyörgy Balatoni
Post production supervisor
In 'The Diner', after the best-seller of Herman Koch, two couples spend an evening in a restaurant. They talk about everyday matters, things people talk about during meals: work, the latest movies, the war in Iraq, holiday plans, and so forth. But in the meantime, they avoid what they should talk about: their children. They did something terrible that can destroy their future…
The title sequence consists of two parts. We start in blue. This refers to the iconic book cover of Herman Koch's novel. When we arrive at the title - similar to the book typography - we visually literally jump into the movie. Where typography in the first part is still static, it becomes dynamic now.
In the second part, we use a typography that has the look and feel of the menu of a modern restaurant. As a font, we used the Trio Grotesk. Trio Grotesk is an interpretation of a font from the 1920s/30s by the famous Dutch typographer Piet Zwart.
Despite its Dutch origins, this font fits in a tradition in which the famous American font Copperplate also has its origins (used for the titles of, for example, ‘Panic Room’). They breathe the same atmosphere and character, where the Trio Grotesk has a more subtle shape. Just the aspect that it is a 20s/30s typeface let the letters fit very well with the shapes of the letters of the 'The Dinner' logo, but also closely matches the style of the movie.
As the camera floats along the empty tables, due to the still empty restaurant where the preparations for the evening are going on, the names of the actors appear on top of a table. From the tables where the drama will play that night, ‘the titles’ look at you like ghosts. They are there, and also not. The characters are all in the same restaurant, but they all have their own agenda. This title design subtly sets the atmosphere of the entire film.
First part of the title sequence
Second part of the title sequence