American Dynasties: The Kennedys

The six-part CNN docuseries has a title sequence directed, designed and animated by David Penn.

Josephine Baker’s Love for Paris

Learn about the accomplishments of Josephine Baker in this quirky animation by Culture Trip

Madam President

An exploration of the disparity and the difference that gender, regardless of party, can make.

CIVIL 80 // Opening Titles

Opening titles for “CIVIL 80”, a documentary TV series about the Spanish civil war. Created by Antoni Sendra AKA PODENCO – a spanish freelance director specializing in mixed media driven projects.

Mark of a Free Society

In todays Gig Economy, workers rights feel like a thing of the past. But 300 years ago, conditions in Britain were so extreme that death at work was commonplace. This sparked the worlds first trade unions that still fight for workers today.

Audi – Speed of Light

Film on the history and future of Audi’s light technology. Lots of motion graphics and trapcode plugins.

Taboo VFX

Great work from BlueBolt bringing the Thames River in the Georgian period back to life.

The Alienist

Title sequence showing the deconstruction of Manhatten.
Design Studio: Elastic, Executive Creative Director: Angus Wall, Creative Director: Lisa Bolan, Art Director: Heidi Berg, Designer: Felix Soletic, Composite and Animation: Yongsub Song, Charles Khoury, Piero Desopo, Alex Silver, Rachel Brickel, Editor: Lauren Dellara

Jack Cornwell

This video is part of a series of three pieces designed to raise awareness and engage with the audiences ahead of the WWI Centenary celebrations.
Client: MOD, Produced for BFBS TV (2016)

The Last Kingdom – Titles

Loved all the series and these titles & music are really great.
Direction: Paul McDonnell
Art Direction: Hugo Moss
Design and animation: Ben Hanbury and Tamsin McGee, Illustration: Nathan McKenna, Composer: John Lunn, Client: Carnival

Blood Road

Lovely work from these guys below following the infamous HO Chi Ming trail on mountain bikes.
Production: Red Bull Media House
Director: Nicholas Schrunk
Producer: Sandra Kuhn
Art Director : John Likens
Design + Animation: John Likens, Wesley Ebelhar
Reel music: Remains by Shlohmo

The Endless Scare

Great title sequence from “The Drawing Room” apparently about the U.S. government’s systematic persecution of gay and lesbian State Department employees during the Cold War.

Project Ellis

Your rights in the US using the 4th & 5th Amendment. Produced and Directed by: Dress Code. Lead Animator: Wes Ebelhar


Nautilus

An inspiring piece of animation for anyone interested in a career in astrophysics. The story behind France A. Cordova’s big break into a world normally populated by men. Produced by ‘Not to Scale and directed by Colin Hesterly.

Syracuse: Yield

Dress Code create this montage video for Syracuse university, using cut up photos and video in a collage look.  The recruitment video goes past the general sunny campus video and montages voice and archive stills to create a unique video.

The Somme Centenary

Very interesting and poignant sequence on BBC screens. The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: The Vigil Trailer – BBC Two
Creatives TBC

In Plain Sight titles

A surprisingly effective sequence considering that our brains seem to suggest that there’s more there than there is.  Not sure who the creative is but will update this post when we find out.

Coldplay 'Up & Up'

A great montage juxapositioning unusual images using a lot of old archive footage. Directed by: Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia

The New Old World

Not so keen on the CGI steam-punk book opening, but the photo manipulation using a camera mapping technique on 3D surfaces by Alexey Zakharov is interesting. More of a breakdown can be found on his behance page here.

Race for The White House

Dave Penn directed this animation (along with Jellyfish and Sixfingers) for a six-part CNN documentary series concerned with what went on behind the scenes during key presidential campaigns in U.S. history. Sponge paint mattes provide nice transitions for cleverly laid out photographs.

Nike – Huarache V Creator

Excellent promo for Nike by ECD Jonathan Notaro and the Brand New School. It mixes drawn animation with CG elements to produce this gritty animation with a limited colour palette.

Winter on Fire

This title gets us up to speed quickly with the recent history of Ukriane, well at least how the story goes in the West. It’s another excellent piece of work from Patrick Claire

The Americans – Titles

Been meaning to post this one for a while. It’s from Elastic TV. A great mix of the banal and the political.

Tour de France

Not to Scale, New York produced these tasty idents for Skoda’s sponsorship of the race. Directed by Colin Hesterly

HIAS: For Refugees

Beautiful animated film highlighting the work done by HIAS. Guided by the Jewish historical experience this organisation looks out for the plight of refugees.
Directed and Designed by Moth Collective
Produced by Sovev Media

British Library – What is Magna Carta?

First film of two commissioned by the British Library, and narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, this small animation investigates how the document came to be under the rule of Bad King John. Animated by Gergely Wootsch.
 

Manhunt

Opening Title sequence of HBOs Documentary; MANHUNT. The show documented the two decade hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Lots of documents and ink bleeds.

Creative Directed & Designed by Manija Emran.
Produced by The Mill+

We are the Giant

Lots of layers of political and social upheaval over the centuries are organised through what looks like a burning paper effect for the titles and graphics for director Greg Barker’s documentary, We Are The Giant, a Passion Pictures & Motto Pictures Production.

Creative Directed & Designed by Manija Emran. Produced by Mill Plus themillplus.com

Marco Polo titles

Mill+ co-director Ben Smith and co-director Bryce Wymer teamed up with Netflix to create the title sequence for Marco Polo and most appears to be achieved on camera but with a lot of planning.

Canada's Water Health

WWF Canada and The Public Assembly, address the subject of clean water in Canada. Directed and designed by Hector Herrera.
A great montage of victorian illustration, watercolour textures and vector elements.

Beauty

Lots of rotoscoping, puppet-pinning, distortions and lots of other clever time-consuming tricks in this great piece of work from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

National Geographic – 80's

An 80’s themed ident, using painterly effects and smooth animation, give it modern reworking of an 80s style ident.

ABC of Architects

Very much has the feeling of an old 50’s animation. Concept and Animation: Andrea Stinga, Federico Gonzalez.

Scarlet One Weekend Off

Quirky German animation with George Melieres overtones. Direction and animation: Jeroen Houben & Jurjen Versteeg.

Historia branding

Idents and branding for the French History channel. Very subtle but with some very nice clever features to it, especially with the show times towards the end.

War on type

This is an amazing piece of work. The camera movement, depth of field, modelling and explosions work really well.

Parallaxing

A test by us to showing parallaxing a an old photograph celebrating the queens jubilee in Bethnal Green. The photo is split into layers, digitally repainted and then placed into a frame with a 3D virtual camera.
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Air Canada's costume change

As far as i can make out most of this promo was achieved in camera with very little apparent past-production.

John Baldessari

A short history of this artist told by Tom Waits in a quite comical montaged manner

Syria: The Real Mr & Mrs Assad

We created a large canvas here for Dispatches in order to connect all the different members in a complex system. The animation is made up of moves highlighting the important individuals. The styling is rough and ready conveying the underground espionage within Syria.
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Pentagram

“The Forty story” is a short film which documents the work of Pentagram. Its carried by a clever audio track to accompany their history of print.

Amsterdam Paintings

A fine piece of work by agency ‘plus one’ using a collection of techniques to attempt to get under the paint of these collection of works, in this case on the story of Amsterdam, Holland.

The Kingdom

Graphic titles combined with sand tinted archive to produce a brief history of Saudi Arabia.

Heart of rebel

Conceptual trailer for female missionary who left American Civil war ravaged Virginia for China. Well crafted trailer.

Documents with short DOF

These documents have been treated in a 3D program to suggest they have been shot with short depth of field and textured and graded to give that warm elegantly lit appearance.

John Carpenter's The Ward

Titles incoporating archive stills by placing them against a plane of breaking glass. Not for the very squeamish…

American Civil War map sequences

Video installations at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum.

Randolph Churchill

Mapping Test, creating a 3D model of Mr. Churchill and wrapping his image around it, to create an extreme parallaxed dimension on to an ordinary archive still.
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Archive stills

Avery nice blend of old photographs but mapped onto simple 3D models.

The story of US – Civil War

Highlights from big series by Nutopia. Good example of use of drama reconstruction which surprisingly was all shot in S. Africa.

Bleeding Images

We’ve experimenting with techniques to bleed through images, either from one to another to fade in an image, giving it a natural, organic introduction.
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Stills Move

Very simple move on stills, replicating a rostrum move, but we’ve added a more complex 3D virtual camera, a tighter depth of field, a table setting with lighting and a glossy reflection to the photographs.
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American West maps

Flat maps displaced in using cgi for American West series.
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Battlefield Britain

Great use of a prop to contain the battlefield graphics in this series presented by the Snows. This programme features the ‘Battle of Newbury’ and the ‘Battle of Nazeby’ during the English Civil War. First battle about 9.00 in.

Renaissance Remastered

By mapping a painting in extremely high photographic detail, stitching the images and using a proxy-morphing technique, we were able to create incredibly large zooms to square centimetre sections, all in HD for Renaissance Remastered on BBC2.
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World War I Shooting Sequence

Mapping Test, creating a 3D model of Mr. Churchill and wrapping his image around it, to create an extreme parallaxed dimension on to an ordinary archive still.
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Herbst

Title sequence using minatures and macro lenses to create space with tiny figures.

The Borgias

Artistic title sequence mixing painting with live action and close-up.

Edward VII: Prince of Pleasure

Montage of our Timewatch special using canvases decorated with photos and memorabilia to create rostrum style moves matching the narrative.
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Rohm and Haas

Rohm and Haas – company history

You have a massive archive and a story to tell – this is one way to do it.
Link to this here.

Poland's Heritage

Presenting an exhibition in an exciting way, this Flash website brings life to old manuscripts.
Link to this website here.

Misprinted Typ e

Illustrator Eduardo Recife’s commercial works, a collage feast for the eyes.
Click here to see more.

Robin Hood opening sequence

Titles for Robin hood mixing traditional painterly techniques with a modern twist.

Sherlock Holmes end titles

End credits rotoscoping frames in a hand-drawn ink style over video footage.

True Blood titles

Classic Title sequence for True Blood. Using a mixture of archive and shot footage with a edgy heavily graded look. Thanks, Bolex.

Gettysburg Address

Text and animation added together to form the speech without any photos or footage.

Lady Randy

Programme graphics using parallaxing techniques to add movement to stills.
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Edwardian Britain: Suffragette

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We are most proud of managing to create an absorbing sequence which lasted well over a minute of tv time using just one photograph.

Battlefields as a prop

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The Snows carry around their portfolio of battlefields together with some clever camera tracking and CGI work and a bit of ad libing and some hand waving.

Kino

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Titles for an old BBC Knowledge slot on Non-English language cinema. Shot in and around London and projections were composited later.

Unknown Warrior

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A very rough & ready ‘parallax sequence’ sequence mainly due to the fact that as this promo was not transmitted, the small source images came from ‘google’ but still it proves quite poignant.

Storyverse

I had two inspirations/influences behind this project. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that history is sometimes if not always written by the winners, and that “every coin has 2 sides”; the second inspiration comes from stories told by my father and my grandmother.
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American Voices

A title we shot some years ago in my house in Wandsworth doubling as a US government office in the 30’s. We used a boroscope lens which was about a foot in length attached to a DigiBeta camera to get in to see that dust.
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