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A long time ago...
by Jedi Toren and DaftMaul

These questions come up a lot, what typeface, what colour etc should the opening crawl, and long time ago opening be?

This page should hopefully answer your questions, and provide a few things that may help you create your own more accurate Star Wars opener.

The 'Lucasfilm' Logo

First things first, if you are waiting to create your own version of the LucasFilm logo, click lucaslogo for a tutorial that should help you get started using Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop and After Effects.

A long time ago...

The Star Wars opening and crawl use the Franklin Gothic typeface family as a base. To download the Franklin Gothic Family for free, click here

Typeface: Franklin Gothic Book
Ranged Left. Line break after galaxy (as above)
Colour: R: 75 G: 213 B: 238

The Star Wars Logo.

You can create your own logo using 'Star Wars Jedi Hollow' as a starting point which is available for download here, and has RGB values of R: 229 G: 177 B: 58

Bitmap Logo: Alternatively you can download a bitmap version of the logotype here

Vector Graphic: for the best quality download one of the illustrator versions below. It is worth noting that the infill of the words 'Star' and 'Wars' are black, and the starfield does NOT show through.

Two versions have been created.
One with just the yellow outline available here (Alt/Click to download)
One with a yellow outline and a solid black interior which is available here

The Opening Crawl
Click here for a tutorial using Adobe After Effects 5
Click here for a tutorial using Adobe After Effects Production Bundle
Click here for a tutorial using 3D Studio Max.

Colour of crawl text:
R: 229 G: 177 B: 58


The Episode Number
Typeface: Franklin Gothic Demi (Bold)
Width should be condensed to 80%

The Episode Title:
Typeface: Franklin Gothic Medium Condensed (Bold)
Width should be condensed to 95% and is all caps
Alternatively download a free font 'SWCrawlTitle' here

The Main Body of Text:
Typeface: Franklin Gothic Demi (Bold)
News Gothic T (demi) which is available for purchase here
The type is force justified, and the last line ranging left.
Alternatively download a free font 'SWCrawlBody' here
Camera focal length: 24mm

Below are perspective corrected screengrabs from the four opening crawls, showing the actual wording, and the typographic styling used in the movies.
Click on an image to view a larger version of each crawl.


Looking to translate that Huttese into a langauge you understand?
Subtitles are set in ITC Franklin Gothic Demi Bold, with -30 tracking.

Related Links:
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