Craft­ing Top Ti­tles

Ian Failes talks to the pros be­hind re­cent 3D work in open­ing ti­tles, main cred­its and pro­logue se­quences from the lat­est fea­ture films and tele­vi­sion shows

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Ian Failes speaks to se­quence masters Elas­tic, yu+co and more

If you’ve been to see a ma­jor su­per­hero or ac­tion film lately, or caught one of the sev­eral must-see tele­vi­sion or stream­ing shows, then you’ve prob­a­bly ex­pe­ri­enced a metic­u­lously crafted open­ing ti­tles, main cred­its se­quence or pro­logue. These pieces, which tend to come at the start of a film or show, but also ex­ist as ‘main-on-end’ ti­tles, help to set the mood, some­times hint at the story to come and of course also have the pur­pose of cred­it­ing the main cre­atives be­hind the work.

These days such se­quences are en­tire pro­duc­tions in and of them­selves, and typ­i­cally in­volve sig­nif­i­cant de­sign, 3D, an­i­ma­tion and vis­ual ef­fects work, some­times by spe­cial­ist stu­dios. Com­ing up with an ef­fec­tive scene is also cat­e­gorised by ex­ten­sive pitches, con­cepts and at­tempts to tap into the minds of the film­mak­ers or show cre­ators.

3D Artist asked a num­ber of stu­dios to dis­cuss their re­cent con­tri­bu­tions in the area, es­pe­cially the CG work re­quired to bring these ti­tles to the big and small screens. Elas­tic de­tails its main ti­tles for West­world sea­son two, Method Stu­dios out­lines its Bond-es­que opener for Dead­pool 2, yu+co re­veals its Tomb Raider ti­tles work­flow and Storm Stu­dios dis­cusses its pro­logue se­quence for Black Pan­ther.

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