In the late 80s and early 90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip hop. Narrated by Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner, All the Streets Are Silent brings to life the magic of the time period and the convergence that created a style and visual language that would have an outsized and enduring cultural effect.
Order worked with director Jeremy Elkin to design titles for the film, which were inspired by New York's iconic subway system, the inadvertent identity of the city. Title animations by Fionn Breen.
All the Street Are Silent is Jeremy Elkin's feature-length debut, revealing never-before-seen archival footage from the era and interviews with figures from the downtown NYC scene including Rosario Dawson, Keith Hufnagel, Darryl McDaniels (Run-D.M.C.), Stretch Armstrong, Kool Keith, Leo Fitzpatrick, DJ Clark Kent, Kid Capri, Mike Carroll, Moby, Fab 5 Freddy, Beatrice Domond, Tyshawn Jones, and more.
Mike Hernandez and Harold Hunter.
AZ, Foxy Brown, and Nas. Photo by Marc Babtiste.
Craig Mack. Photo by Jonathan Mannion.
Harold Hunter and friends. Black and white photos by Gunars Elmuts.
For the film's title treatment, a reference to the iconic New York City Subway system was chosen. While the original subway signage was set in a typeface called Standard Medium, a revised drawing called NYCTA Standard was more suitable for on-screen display.
Drawn by Nick Sherman of Hex→.
A system was established for unique title compositions, while maintaining a consistent size hierarchy. This allowed for placements to be easier depending on where the subject appeared on-screen.
Lower thirds for archival footage were given a more minimal treatment.