Production

Day of the Flowers Title Sequence

With great excitement, here is our main title sequence we created for producer and dear friend Jonathan Rae's new film Day of the Flowers.

A great film to work on, our design came from influences of cuban style decorating of the time as a backdrop. Combined together with super 8 filming and the use of Cuban graphic poster art typography. Mixing the history footage with the live action entry shots of the film worked very well to set the tone. To book-end the style, we incorporating the design into the end roller.

Now out on DVD and online to rent, the film tells the story of two Scottish sisters, one a left-wing activist, the other a popular party girl who travel to Cuba to scatter their late father's ashes. In losing and trying to reclaim their father's ashes, the bickering sisters set off on a journey that them takes them through romance, danger, and the discovery of old family secrets.

Directed by John Roberts (War of the Buttons), the film stars Eva Birthistle (Noble and Waking the Dead), Charity Wakefield (The Raven and Serena) and Carlos Acosta (New York, I Love You).

We hope you enjoy.


Believe - In Cinemas July 25

Believe - Theatre of Dreams We couldn't be any more excited to see our dear friend Manuela Noble's film 'Believe' directed by David Scheinmann, get its cinema kick-off.

It's some time ago since we created the title sequences for Manuela (Wachafilm), and producers Ben Timlett and Bill Jones (Bill and Ben Productions). So we are delighted to see after a greatly received festival circuit, which saw the film pick-up Winner of the Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival, 'Believe' going out UK nationwide July 25.

Manuela let us know that the film will also be screening at 80 schools across the UK on July 15, as part of the 'In to Film' government sponsored program. To then be followed with the US and Canada release on September 12, in all cities that have a major league soccer team - including NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

With the Brazil World Cup only coming to a close just days before, we think the timing couldn't be any better!

Believe Titles

We had great fun designing both the main and end title sequences, and as always a real pleasure playing alongside VFX supremo Alexis Haggar and his team at Lexhag on creating a look and feel in keeping with the 80's style in the film. Dean and I are especially pleased with the identity we created for the main title logo, having researched the genre and influences of the eighties. The final whistle came from the producers with...

"It is unanimous, we all love it! We believe it's a winner!!! Thank you so much!".

Man of the match though surely has to go to film editor Julian Rodd ('Absolutely Anything'), for a great 1, 2 into the back of the net! Set-up from a great pass from cinematographer Gary Shaw ('Moon').

'Believe' has been a great film to be involved with. Boasting a great cast, coached by Brian Cox (Sir Matt Busby), with new talent Jack Smith (Georgie Gallagher) scoring lots of goals.

Already receiving some great reviews, such as The Upcoming: (http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2014/06/10/believe-movie-review/). We think you'll all going to enjoy this full 96 minutes, without penalties. A real match to all 'coming of age' films.

Here's the latest official trailer for you all to see:

http://youtu.be/64mzc1TaTvA

Genre: Children Runtime: 96 mins Country, Year: UK, 2014 Languages: English Screenplay: David Scheinmann Cinematography: Gary Shaw Edited by: Julian Rodd Producers: Manuela Noble, Ben Timlett, Mark Sandell, Aurelio Landolt, Hanspeter Jaberg Cast: Brian Cox, Jack Smith, Natascha McElhone, Toby Stephens, Phillip Jackson

Half of a Yellow Sun Title Sequence

Half of a Yellow SunThe 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.

http://youtu.be/BjqvRrofhcU

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.

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Jupiter Ascending Title Sequence

WACHOWSKI FILMS The planets have aligned, as we are excited to share the news that we are now underway with the title sequence for The Wachowski's latest movie, Jupiter Ascending for Warner Bros.

After meeting with Lana Wachowski and Post Supervisor Chris Berg here at De Lane Lea in Soho, and having spent the last couple of months in research and development. Dean and I are now underway with our VFX team on-board at The Morrison Studio, planning and scheduling the build of the 3D main and end title sequences along with the end roller.

It's an exciting film for us to be involved with, which will join a long list of Wachowski's films, such as Cloud Atlas, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and The Matrix Trilogy.

Jupiter Ascending tells he story of Jupiter Jones played by Mila Kunis (Black Swan, The Book of Eli), born under a night sky with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. As an adult she dreams of the stars but wakes up in the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and endless bad breaks. Along comes Caine (Channing Tatum - Don Jon, White House Down), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter. Arriving on Earth to track her down to show her fate that has been waiting for her all along. A genetic signature marking her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritence that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Also starring Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, The Island) and Tuppence Middleton (Trance, A Long Way Down), and produced by Grant Hill (Unit Production Manager - Titanic, Speed Racer and The Matric Reloaded) along with both Lana and Andy. The film is due for release later in the summer.

We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with our progress, and sharing with you as we go.

Take a look here at the new trailer, to keep you going in the meantime:

http://youtu.be/ZoCyL_Pqzu8

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Shareman Identity for Half of a Yellow Sun

Ahead of next weeks BFI London Film Festival (9-20 October 2013) screening of Biyi Bandele's new film 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. This is the on-screen ident we developed for Shareman Media, who together with the BFI are presenting the Slate Films / Potboiler feature in association with Ealing Metro International, Kachifo Limited and Lipsync Productions.

Fresh back with great reviews from TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival - The ident presents before the film for which we also created the title sequences.

The film is out on main release later this year.

We hope you enjoy...

http://youtu.be/tuqs5nuelcY