Susan Bradley is a title designer, graphic artist, and art+motion graphics director in feature film. Bradley has had the priviledge of working alongside an incredible list of film directors, editors and artisans in both live action and animation. Her background ranges from traditional optical animation & type design to motion graphics and 2nd unit art direction.
Her passion of film titles was recognized at the American Film Institute (AFI), where she taught "Theory and Practice of Film Title Design" to its Digital Media fellows for three years. At AFI Susan created and moderated the Harold Lloyd Masters Seminar, "From "The Seven Year Itch" to 'Seven': 50 Years of Film Titling and Design." Bradley was Manager of Walt Disney Studios' Title Graphics Department for six years, bringing computers to the Department in 1994.
As Disney's lead title designer, she produced a vast array of title sequences and graphic design on films such as Toy Story 2, The Big Kahuna, A Bug's Life, Runaway Bride, Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, Toy Story, The Lion King, Quiz Show, and numerous others*. Since leaving Disney Studios, Bradley has gone on to design titles and graphics for many live action films, including Gossip, Out of Time, Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries and Dark Water, Pierce Brosnan's The Matador, CBS' first season of Numb3rs & Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth. She reunited with Pixar Animation Studios in 2005 to work on their feature film productions, and left the company to freelance in 2014.
With her film communities in LA and the Bay Area, Bradley is directing a non-fiction film encapsulating the wonderland of title design, lettering and early opticals through the work of her mentor and hero, Harold Adler. Adler was Saul Bass' lettering and production artist for most of Bass' film career, not to mention being a magnificent personality and timecapsule of art, process and craft in our little-known genre of film production.