Posted by: Illustration Limited
Date added: Thu 07 May 2009
The brief was to produce titles that reflect the personality of the show: “A groundbreaking action-comedy that is equal parts workplace comedy and sword and sorcery fun.” Using actuality footage, the sequence had to introduce the main characters and incorporate cast credits and the eponymous Flaming Sword.
The intention was to play it straight with the title sequence, creating the look of epic drama but letting the comedy shine through from the actuality footage of the characters. The visual style of the sequence references fantasy art of the ‘70s and fantasy films of the ‘80s, as well as more modern epics such as Lord of the Rings. The titles resolve in a character montage reminiscent of fantasy and sci-fi film posters.
Compositing and VFX were completed in After Effects, with additional 3D elements created in 3ds Max, using Fluid Dynamics to create the flaming sword effect. The end-board was produced by roto-masking and time-warping individual characters. These were composited with stock flame footage and logo artwork to create an archetypal heroic montage.
The sequence was produced by James Schrock for Skaramoosh. It was directed and animated by Graphic Motion’s Keith Robinson, with additional 3D animation by Ralph Pinel.
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