We hope that the R&D phase of a project allows us to unearth something truly new and creative. This is a case where I think the development of the concept was actually better than that final outcome. The “magic moments” were too fleeting in the final end titles for my taste.
Check out this new show open for “The Last Panthers” that uses ultra slow motion footage and camera mapped VFX. The treatment overlaid and integrated with the slow-motion footage gives it that graphic feel.
The time it takes to complete a project is not often revealed, and for me I feel like it is crucial information. The amount of time you have to work on a project ultimately reflects the outcome of the product, and artists are constantly saying how they would have done things differently if they just had more time. Well, IAMSTATIC revealed they spent five months on this main title sequence for Del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Believe it or not, the entire sequence was built entirely in CG, and gushing with intricate details.
Perception shares a case study on the work they did for the new main titles, Avengers Age of Ultron. I think this is so important because many times the initial process gets lost by the end of a project, never to be seen again. Sometimes the initial process has amazing work that should be seen, even if it wasn’t the client’s chosen direction. In terms of a high profile job like this, it is really awesome to see the various stages of R&D leading up to what everyone saw on the big screen!
Resurrecting the dead is never a good idea, which makes it perfect fodder for horror movies. This troubling opener hints at the corrupted science that gives birth to the nightmare of The Lazarus Effect.
What a delightful stop-motion credit sequence! Lots of theater tricks are used, like the the animated water, the traveling foreground, the rotating favela.
Elastic tackles the new “Run All Night” main titles for the feature film, using a similar technique to their well-received “True Detectives” main title work. Overlaying portraits on top of footage creates an interesting composition, especially when you mix up the color scheme. This is a great, trendy inspiration piece for any type of title sequence work!
A novel reimagining of the opening sequence for Hitchcock’s seminal film The Birds. The mixed textures, massive scale disparity and bleak photography make this a compelling piece for a film that already has visceral presence in the collective film fan-mind.
Imaginary Forces has been keeping busy, like always, taking the main title sequence industry by storm. This sequence is for the new feature film, “Seventh Son”, which uses some epic macro shots. The pacing goes hand in hand with the soundtrack, which also compliments some really beautifully composed scenes.
With the BoxTrolls now available on demand, it’s only fitting to share some pencil tests for the end credits! We posted the finished end credit sequence a little while back, but this is so interesting! Watch as these artists use traditional animation over a Lightbox to hand draw each frame. I love the 2D intro/outro methods these big studios are using for big films like Kung Fu Panda, Monsters Inc and now BoxTrolls!