James Gillen

They Called Me An Animal

This 116 page book is a conceptual look at the film Raging Bull directed by Martin Scorsese in 1980. It follows the story of Jake LaMotta the former middleweight boxing champion. It focuses on his character flaws that made him such an iconic character.

Book design Letterpress Microtypography

Make a book about a film, look at the chosen film both conceptually as well as literally. Use appropriate material and methods to produce the book.

Jake LaMotta was an animal in and out of the ring, his obvious character flaws destroyed relationships. I looked at how these flaws are formed and dealt with. This is then linked to the film through quotes, from the film and Jake himself.

Like an uppercut to the chin, this short-run book by James Gillen delivers a typographic punch with some energetic woodtype typography. Most of the book is typeset in the computer after scanning type specimens from American Wood Type but the cover, contents page, and chapter openers are all typeset in actual wood type and printed on traditional letterpress. That black on black contents page is a knockout. (Ding!).

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  • Printed and bound at Ripe Digital
  • 118gsm Mohawk superfine from GF Smith
  • 100gsm Ebony Colourplan from GF Smith
  • 116 pages
  • Perfect bound
  • Letterpressed used throughout