Behind The Scenes Of The Mad Men Title Sequence


I’ve been focused on tennis more than golf lately, and am fortunate to have a 14-court facility just down the street from me in Astoria Park. The Triboro Bridge snakes above, and the East River and Manhattan skyline provide a fantastic view.

Recently I got into a couple of pickup games with a new guy, who happens to have a pretty cool notch on his belt. Stephen Fuller is the creator of the iconic opening-title sequence of “Mad Men” — you know, with that haunting music and Don Draper plunging down a skyscraper — for which Fuller won an Emmy award.

There’s an extensive interview with him and his partners at a site called Art Of The Title, that features early storyboards, fonts and other details I’m sure you “Mad Men” junkies will love.

Too bad this guy can’t join us. — CC


5 Comments on "Behind The Scenes Of The Mad Men Title Sequence"

  1. Great looking tennis sweater. One might safely guess Brooks. If yes, I’d welcome inside info. regarding the era. The stripes are subtle–just right.

    Christian, try the old Prince Woodie. They’re all over eBay. Seriously. And stay away from the hard courts, if you can. Your knees and hips will pay in ways that your 75-year old self won’t have to imagine…because you’ll live the pain.

  2. Vern Trotter | July 14, 2015 at 2:06 pm |

    Clay courts if possible. Mostly at private clubs, they also give white tennis shoes a recognizable elitist hue! I like wooden racquets better but a lot of clubs don’t allow because they shatter like today’s inferior baseball bat.

  3. I shout out the clay court recommendaitons. I played tennis virtually ever day, competitively in high school and college, socially thereafter, but back to competetively in my late 40s. But the bending and twisting and hard courts took their toll. In 2005 I damaged two discs while playing and have really never recovered. As much fun and status tennis brought me, I greatly wish I’d gone to more of a relaxed pace once I passed 40ish.

  4. I still have my Prince Pro from 1979, still in good condition with cover. On Ebay, selling for $14-$30, hard to believe, at my sister in law’s garage sale, nobody wanted it at a make any offer. I’m kind of glad no one bought it.

    This morning, I mentioned the racket to the missus. She says I’m too old for tennis, haven’t played in 20+ years.

    Maybe, I’ll hit a few balls this Spring. Too much arthritis and back trouble to do much more, a lifetime of golf did me in.

    @SE Those woodies are sweet. I recall my Pro was $110, and the woodies were a lot more a few years later.

  5. i had always thought the idea for the Mad Men titles was ripped off the April 21,1967 issue of Life Magazine and its cover story about the struggle for individuality.

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