(x) credits on movie posters - Univers Ultra Cond/URW Bee {Iulian Puiu, Tim}

flinhardt's picture

Hi IDs,

looking for the font that is used on almost every movie poster on bottom for movie informations. please see the attached which is cropped from the "war of the worlds" poster.

Thanks. Flo

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tomitaiulian's picture


I've done a poster for a movie recently and the company that takes care of the PR and Communication send me Univers as being the font that is in use at Hollywood for all the informations that are used in the bottom of the poster. So, try Univers (the condensed and compressed versions).

timd's picture

Also the Bee series discussed here

hereandthere's picture

i belive that the font customarily used for billing blocks is called Bee.


hereandthere's picture

looks like i am 2 minutes too slow!

Bald Condensed's picture

Let's be nice and say URW Bee is "inspired" by Univers Ultra Condensed, which incidentally is the typeface you're looking for.

Bald Condensed's picture

Previously discussed here.

Dan Weaver's picture

Looks like its been previously discussed once a month here.

Mark Simonson's picture

Bee is URW's name for the old VGC "B" series. These were unnamed fonts that may go back further than Univers, and may have been knock-offs of Photo-Lettering faces. (Unfortunately, it's difficult to precisely date P-L faces, so I can't say for sure there was no Univers connection.) VGC had a whole series of fonts that only had a letter-number designation--no name--mostly casual scripts and such, but also sort of generic looking sans serifs, like the B series.

Mark Simonson's picture

New information about the "B" fonts: They all originated at Filmotype in the 1950s. Each font had a different name that started with a G--Giant, Gaucho, Grant, Gazette, etc. VGC knocked these off in the 1960s (a common practice at the time) as the "B" fonts. In fact, most (if not all) of the unnamed fonts in VGC's catalog originated at Filmotype. P-L had similar fonts, but not quite the same design.

FYI: The Filmotype library is being digitized.

Edit: I see that some similar information was provided in this thread: http://www.typophile.com/node/10616

Miss Tiffany's picture

A new alternative to Univers Compressed, which you might like, is TypeTrust's Heroic Condensed.

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