Set­ting the scene

2016’s five hottest in­tro­duc­tory se­quences wel­come view­ers to the show.

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Even if you’re a binge-viewer, there’s some­thing spe­cial about watch­ing your favourite show’s in­tro video. It brings to­gether the themes and emo­tions that dom­i­nate sto­ry­lines and a great ti­tle se­quence will take you out of your world and fixes your mind on the story – all in one short, glo­ri­ous pack­age. Cre­at­ing the in­tro­duc­tion is such an in­tense job that there are com­pa­nies that spe­cialise in it. “It’s its own art form,” says Gar­son Yu, whose com­pany YU+co made the haunt­ing ti­tles for fan­tasy how The Left­overs (2014- cur­rent). In 2016, we loved these new series in­tro­duc­tions…

Sea­son, 1 M-Net Edge (*102) – Sci-fi Am­bi­gu­ity about the bor­ders of life and cre­ation sat­u­rates West­world. The in­tro­duc­tion plays with our senses from the first frame, when we aren’t sure if we’re look­ing at a skele­ton or a desert. Stretch­ing piano wire moves onto 3Dprinted ten­dons, both cre­ated me­chan­i­cally, while the beau­ti­fully lit blackand-white se­quence and sweep­ing or­ches­tral mu­sic re­fer to clas­si­cal art. Know­ing that West­world is about a the­mepark that uses ro­bots to profit from hu­man ap­petites for sex and death (played up in the half-formed, skin­less ro­bots in the in­tro) gives the con­trast­ing del­i­cate me­chan­i­cal cre­ativ­ity of the in­tro more im­pact. “The more you watch, the more you’ll see how these images re­flect the story. Noth­ing is in there by ac­ci­dent,” says Pa­trick Clair, cre­ative di­rec­tor from Elas­tic, who made the iconic Game Of Thrones (2011- cur­rent) in­tro in 2011.

Sea­son 1, AMC (*140) – Drama Weaponry, high so­ci­ety and visual trick­ery that echoes the show’s spy games fill this se­quence as a cof­fee pot and six cups trans­form into the cham­bers of a re­volv­ing can­non and tracer-flare trails change into strands from a pearl neck­lace. “The de­sign process was a case of tak­ing weapons from the nightly news and putting them in a sit­u­a­tion where we treat them like a per­fume bot­tle in a mag­a­zine ad,” re­veals Pa­trick.

West­world’s in­ter­est­ing in­tro­duc­tion se­quence.

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