List of filmmakers' signatures
This is a list of filmmakers' signatures or Easter eggs that are found in many of their works which become signatures or trademarks. These are usually inconsequential small elements like signs which are inside jokes, cameos or references to other works. For this list, the term filmmakers is used loosely and would include directors, producers, actors, animators, and production companies. Signatures here are not referring to general stylistic looks by filmmakers. Other filmmakers may also pay homage with a reference to that signature.
- A113 is added by alumni of the California Institute of the Arts, referring to the classroom used by graphic design and character animation students.
- Acme Corporation is a fictional corporation featured in Looney Tunes' Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons with outlandish products that failed or backfired.
- Christopher Nolan’s movies typically have an actor have a bag placed over their head, in most instances it is Cillian Murphy.
- Luc Besson's movies often have the camera following a road or something similar in the opening credits.
- CRM 114 was used by Stanley Kubrick, coming from the movie Dr. Strangelove.
- Hidden Mickey is a representation of Mickey Mouse that has been inserted subtly into Disney movies and other products.
- Alfred Hitchcock cameos became one of Hitchcock's signatures; and fans would make sport of trying to spot his cameos.
- Jimmy the raven appeared in Frank Capra's movie You Can't Take It with You and in every subsequent movie Capra made.
- Chuck Lorre used unique vanity cards on the end of every episode of his productions.
- Pixar includes several signatures such as A113, Luxo Jr.'s ball, Toy Story's Pizza Planet, and "good luck charm" John Ratzenberger.
- Stan Lee cameos are a tradition in Marvel Comics films.
- See You Next Wednesday is John Landis' fictional film which came from a line in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Alan Smithee director's credit is an anti-signature, as an official pseudonym used by film directors who wish to disown a project, in use from 1968 to 2000.
- Steven Spielberg's shooting star started by accidentally capturing a meteor in Jaws.
- Quentin Tarantino's movies commonly contain scenes that reference the director's foot fetish.
- THX 1138 is used by George Lucas and Lucasfilm, and comes from Lucas' first movie THX 1138. Others have used just 1138, probably in reference to Lucas.
- Utah teapot appears in many early computer generated animations like in the movie Toy Story or the TV show The Simpsons 3D segment.
- Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect popularized by Ben Burtt in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series and became a tradition among the community of sound designers.
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