GT Cinetype

The Swiss company Cinetype was specialized in the subtitling cinematic movie reels. GT Cinetype is based on an engineer’s design for such a machine. A laser set the type directly on the film by erasing the coloured layer of the film.

Our interpretation of that leads to a typeface with mechanic precision, but also a human element, that shows its personality in the details. Used in small sizes GT Cinetype seems like a normal, rounded typeface. The eye will only perceive its straight segments at larger sizes.

Due to the possibility of digital subtitles and movie delivery in general, this process has since become obsolete. The digitalisation of this typeface is our way of capturing the spirit of this area of typesetting. Designed by Mauro Paolozzi and Rafael Koch.

GT Cinetype Light / Italic — Pulp Fiction



Three tomatoes are walking down the street—a poppa tomato, a momma tomato, and a little baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Poppa tomato gets angry, goes over to the baby tomato, and smooshes him… and says, Catch up.

GT Cinetype Regular / Italic — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Right? Wrong!

Consider this a divorce!

Milk is for babies, when you get older you drink beer.

I live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I’m going to ram it into your stomach and break your god-damn spine!

GT Cinetype Bold / Italic — Star Wars / Star Trek

May the force be with you

Space, the final frontier

Fear is the path to the dark side… Fear leads to anger… Anger leads to hate… Hate leads to suffering.

You see, I feel sorrier for you than I do for him, because you’ll never know the things that love can drive a man to… the ecstasies, the miseries, the broken rules, the desperate chances, the glorious failures, and the glorious victories. All of these things you’ll never know, simply because the word “love” isn’t written into your book.

GT Cinetype Mono — Technical specifications and statistics


Zeiss ƒ/1:3

3The Avengers$1,518,594,9102012
4Harry Potter$1,341,511,2192011
6Iron Man 3$1,215,439,9942013
8Lord of the Rings$1,119,929,5212003

Is a motion picture film format that uses exactly the same film stock as standard 35 mm film, but puts a larger image frame on that stock by using the space normally for the optic analog sound track.