Pablo Ferro (born January 15, 1935) is an American graphic designer, film titles designer, and founder of Pablo Ferro Films.
Born in Antilla, Oriente Province, Cuba, he was raised on a remote farm before emigrating to New York with his family as a teenager.
Ferro taught himself animation from a book by Preston Blair. In the mid-1950s he began freelancing in the New York animation industry for Academy Pictures and Elektra Studios. He found his first solid job with a company that made commercials. It was while working there that he met and befriended former Disney animator Bill Tytla, who became a mentor. Another co-worker was Stan Lee, the then-future editor of Marvel Comics, with whom he created a series of science fiction adventure comics. In 1961 he became one of the partners to form Ferro, Mogubgub and Schwartz with animation stylist Fred Mogubgub and comics artist Lew Schwartz, and in 1964 he formed Pablo Ferro Films.
Film and commercial work
Ferro worked on films as diverse as Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove to the split-screen montage of the original The Thomas Crown Affair. He was a pioneer of quick-cut editing, multiple screen images . Ferro’s visual style has influenced many in film, television, animation, commercials, novels and children’s books.
A self-taught filmmaker, Ferro first rose to prominence with animations such as the first color NBC Peacock and the Burlington Mills “stitching” logo, as well as technologically novel visual presentations, including the Singer Pavilion’s film at the 1964 New York World's Fair – the first time film projectors were used to create multiple-screen images.
Woman of Straw, Bullitt, The Russians are Coming…The Russians are Coming, Citizens Band, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Beetlejuice, and To Live and Die in L.A. are among over 100 films that have featured his creations. Ferro’s hand-drawn opening segments have appeared in films ranging from Stop Making Sense, American Heart and The Addams Family to Men in Black, and his trailers have helped introduce such films as A Clockwork Orange, Jesus Christ Superstar, O’ Lucky Man and Zardoz.
Ferro worked on several films with his close friend the late film director Hal Ashby, including Harold and Maude, Bound For Glory, Being There as well as co-directing The Rolling Stones, Let's Spend the Night Together documentary. Ferro worked with Gus Van Sant on To Die For and Good Will Hunting. In addition to directing and producing his own feature film, Me, Myself & I (1991) with George Segal and JoBeth Williams, he worked as an actor for Robert Downey Sr. in Greaser's Palace (chief cloud in the head) as well as in Hugo Pool as a salsa dancer.
Ferro has worked as visual consultant, second-unit director on several films and contributed the “pornographic” effects to Midnight Cowboy in a special montage within the film. Ferro was supervising editor on The Night They Raided Minsky's, and received a nomination in 1984 for an American Video Award (AVA) for his work as Supervising Editor of Michael Jackson’s music video "Beat It," the first year an award was given in that category. Ferro has produced and directed numerous short films such as The Inflatable Doll.
Ferro has won over 70 national and international awards, among them numerous CLIO’S, a DGA Excellence in Film Award, and several Lifetime Achievement awards. He has also received nominations from such highly regarded institutions as the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt. In 1999 Pablo was awarded the prestigious DaimlerChrysler Design Award, and in 2000 Pablo was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.
Pablo’s titles and montage sequences have appeared in 12 Academy Award winning films. Pablo is currently creating a children’s book, a graphic novel. He did the animation on his own documentary, Pablo, which was released in 2012.