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Half of a Yellow Sun Title Sequence

April 17, 2014 1 comment

Half of a Yellow Sun
The search for the idea for the opening sequence started with thinking around the ‘main title’. Our next thought was what would give us a moving metaphor? Something which would deliver a journey, bright, glamour and hopeful. Also most importantly, an object from the time, mid 60’s in which the movie is set. The answer – Mirror Ball.

As with all our sequences, a seamless entry into the first scene of the movie is imperative and the Mirror Ball again answers this with the addition of taking the view visually to Nigeria / Lagos, as you will see.


Our DOP Jonathan Le Roux explains here how we shot the ball:

The approach we took to filming the mirror ball was to see it as a beautiful woman. So lighting her was fun.

I created a black box around the mirror ball with black Polyboards and black out. This would stop any reflections in the mirror ball. I cut a small hole in the Polyboard and created a window for the lens to peek through.

The choice of lens was our attempt to recreated the 70’s zoom. We could start wide on the mirror ball and then zoom into the small map of Africa, which was stuck onto the mirror ball.

The camera was set at native 800 iso, f-stop 4.5, this allowed more depth of field for the small lighting set up, (which you could not do with the older film stocks). It also created a wonderful filmic feel, no less to the exceptional qualities of the Alexa.

Half of a Yellow Sun Title Sequence Shoot

We shot various passes of the mirror ball spinning with different colours, blue then green, just blue and variations of that. The warmer tones we shot with the lighting having 1/2 CT Straw on the lamps. To add more warmth, I set the colour balance to 5600k. This was to reflect the warmth of Africa. There was also a pass with various colours in one shot. We would also have a pass with the smoke, giving depth to the image.

To create depth in the mirror ball, 4 dedo lights where used and one 1 KW Arri Fesnel with half diffusion. 1 kw fennel was used as the key, 1 deco was used as a backlight, the other 3 dedos where used to sculpt the mirror ball, allowing it to stand out from the black background. Dedo’s are great as they have dimmers on them, I could control the intensity of the direct light which I enjoy using.

Working with Richard and his team at The Morrison Studio was fantastic, they know what they want and get the results they need without fuss. What a wonderful day we had in the studio, lighting and playing with a mirror ball, the guys did a great job of assembly and finally the titles.

Half of a Yellow Sun Disco Ball

VFX, Supervisor Alexis Haggar of Lexhag also explains here how we built the comp: 

In order to create this sequence we needed to own the scene. This meant we had to find a way to have complete control over the shot. To do this we decided to shoot passes of several elements that we built up into a 3D comp.

First the ball was shot under serval lighting conditions, which we combined into one element and projected onto a sphere. Then we shot some smoke and atmos plates, which were keyed and placed on cards. Finally, a clean background of the reflected light was shot against black and used as a virtual back drop.

The sequence was animated with a virtual tracking move and the final touches were added, which included graphics and a grade.

Half of a Yellow Sun Journey Graphic 1In addition to the main sequence, Dean and I have designed the journey graphics within the film and animated in conjunction with Creative Director Howard Watkins at LipSync.

Half of a Yellow Sun Journey Graphic 2
We hope you like our sequence along with the film.

All images and clips shown here remain the property of their respected owners. Copyrights apply.

One Direction: This Is Us premieres 20th August

One Direction: This Is Us Movie

With the UK premiere for this summer’s hottest feast for One Direction fans only days away. Work for us to complete the main and end title sequences for ‘This Is Us‘ was only finished but a few days ago!

Director Morgan Spurlock is now hot-footing around the globe for special screenings and interviews as part of the films promotion, as thousands of adoring fans eagerly prepare to start queuing up for the UK’s premiere at London’s Leicester Square on the 20th August. An event which is already looking like it’s going to be the biggest thing, since the 1964 Beatles film ‘A Hard Days Night‘ hit cinemas during the height of Beatlemania.

Dean and I spent quite a few of our own ‘hard days nights’ working with specialist 3D VFX teams at MPC (Moving Picture Company) both in New York and in London, building the complexed 3D animated titles which we designed to sit integrally within the opening scenes of the film. It was essential to work closely with Morgan to get the look and feel absolutely spot on, so that not only did the 3D pop for the audience – but so that the titles themselves lived naturally in the space to realize our vision and capture all that Morgan wanted for the film. We are really pleased with the results and sure the audience will get a real visual delight – especially with the main title kicking-off the start of the film – and the end roller which will keep bums seated to the very end.

One Direction: This Is Us Movie

The access-all-areas film in amazing 3D with never-seen-before footage of the boys, releases nationwide on the 30th August – shortly after its New York premiere on the 26th August.

We are excited to have been a part of the production and to have worked with such great people to make what we believe, is going to be a great 92 minutes for idolizing One Directions fans around the world. We very much look forward to also being able to share our titles sequence for the film here at Richard Morrison in the very near future, so keep coming back to see.

Big thanks to all those involved in working with us to create the titles. With special thanks to Post Production Supervisor Mark Harris. Our VFX Supervisor Alexis Haggar and Producer Dan Marbrook for all their support and knowledge. And finally to Morgan for believing in our concepts and being 100% behind us all the way.

If you can’t wait for the film, here’s a helpful link to keep you going in the meantime and the official trailer for you to see. Enjoy.

Official Website: http://www.1dthisisus-movie.com/site/

To see our previous One Direction: This Is Us blog visit: https://richardmorrison.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/one-direction-this-is-us/

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Dementamania

Dementamania Logo

With near completion of our latest title sequence. We are really excited to share the news that we’ve been working on ‘Dementamania‘, directed by Kit Ryan and written and produced by Anis Shlewet.

Starring Sam Robertson, Kal Penn, Vincent Regan and Geoff Bell, ‘Dementamania‘ tells the story of a frustrated office worker, who finds himself caught between the realms of his deranged imagination and the mundane reality of his everyday existence.

Designer / Animator Freya Hotson has joined our team on the story-boarding of the sequence, along with VFX Supervisor Alexis Haggar of Lexhag.

Dementamania Storyboards

Ronin Pictures and Green Screen Productions presents ‘Dementamania‘, in association with Gloucester Place Films and International Pictures Three, Premiere Pictures and Opix Films.

The film will receive it’s World Premier on Friday 23rd August in London’s Empire Cinema, Leicester Square as part of this years Film4 FrightFest.

We look forward to seeing our work on the big screen.

Our title sequence concepts for BBC’s ‘Quirke’

April 25, 2013 3 comments

Quirke Concept Main Title

Sunday night we saw the start of ‘Quirke‘, a new series for BBC One based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville) and adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson.

Starring Gabriel Byrne as Quirke, the 3 part mini series centers around chief pathologist for the city morgue in 1950s Dublin.

Each episode sees him investigate the deaths of those who end up on his mortuary slab. But as Quirke turns accidental detective he discovers his investigations are often more closely linked to his own life, forcing him to confront the sins of his past as he peels back the layers of his own family history.

Quirke Main Title Concept Frames

In our concept (pitch), we use stained linen as our textural canvas for a series of intriguing and underlying images which we discover during the sequence. A single red thread animates through the loose weave with warp and weft, as we pull focus and shine light from behind.

Quirke Main Title Concept Panoramic

The series is a co-production between the BBC and Dublin-based Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions. John McColgan, Founding Director of Tyrone Productions says:

As friend and colleague of Gabriel Byrne over the years I am thrilled to see him bringing the brilliant, mercurial character of Quirke as created by John Banville to screens worldwide. BBC Drama has brought an incredible pool of writing talent to this project and I’m looking forward to seeing their scripts going into production.

We are delighted in seeing the show aired.

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Nick Hornby’s ‘A Long Way Down’ film adaptation

A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby

A Long Way Down, tells the story of a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they had individually gone to commit suicide.

A LONG WAY DOWN skyline image

Starring a stellar cast including former ‘James Bond Pierce Brosnan, ‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Tony Collette, Imogen Poots and Rosamund Pike. ‘A Long Way Down‘ is the fourth Hornby novel to be made into a film and we’re absolutely delighted, having created the title sequence for ‘High Fidelity‘, to announce that we have been awarded the titles for Pascal Chaumeil’s latest film.

A Long Way Down‘ has been produced by Academy Award nominees for ‘An Education‘ Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, through their company Wildgaze Films and has been financed by BBC Films and DCM Productions. Head of BBC Films Christine Langan commented:

Nick Hornby’s challenging yet heartwarming novel is safe in the hands of dynamic screenwriter Jack Thorne, dazzling director Pascal Chaumeil and accomplished producers, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. The alchemy is further reflected in the wonderfully talented, funny and brilliant cast they have brought together for this highly original movie and we are extremely proud to be part of it.

Work for us starts immediately and we are excited to get going. We look forward to working with the team and sharing with you our progress as we go… onwards and upward.

A LONG WAY DOWN

Welcome to the Punch Title Sequence

March 6, 2013 4 comments

With Eran Creevy‘s new film ‘Welcome to the Punch‘ having now been released. It would have been hard to have missed the huge amount of publicity out advertising the film.

In addition to the release of the trailer which can be seen here via this link, we were delighted to see Punch launching an incredible amount of activity through their social media sites, plus all the very cool billboard hoardings, bus sides and taxi posters we saw in and around London and throughout the rest of the UK.

Welcome to the Punch Advertising

Photos courtesy of https://twitter.com/ECreevy

Even more thrilled we were to see that Substance Movies, a digital campaign and social media company unusually shared the main title sequence on Vimeo via Welcome to the Punch’s Facebook Page as part of the build-up, prior to the films release.

Having created the titles sequences for the film, we are really excited to be able to share our sequence with you. So here for your viewing pleasure is our opening for ‘Welcome to the Punch‘:

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