Alexis Haggar

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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One Direction: This Is Us premieres 20th August

One Direction: This Is Us Movie With the UK premiere for this summer's hottest feast for One Direction fans only days away. Work for us to complete the main and end title sequences for 'This Is Us' was only finished but a few days ago!

Director Morgan Spurlock is now hot-footing around the globe for special screenings and interviews as part of the films promotion, as thousands of adoring fans eagerly prepare to start queuing up for the UK's premiere at London's Leicester Square on the 20th August. An event which is already looking like it's going to be the biggest thing, since the 1964 Beatles film 'A Hard Days Night' hit cinemas during the height of Beatlemania.

Dean and I spent quite a few of our own 'hard days nights' working with specialist 3D VFX teams at MPC (Moving Picture Company) both in New York and in London, building the complexed 3D animated titles which we designed to sit integrally within the opening scenes of the film. It was essential to work closely with Morgan to get the look and feel absolutely spot on, so that not only did the 3D pop for the audience - but so that the titles themselves lived naturally in the space to realize our vision and capture all that Morgan wanted for the film. We are really pleased with the results and sure the audience will get a real visual delight - especially with the main title kicking-off the start of the film - and the end roller which will keep bums seated to the very end.

One Direction: This Is Us Movie

The access-all-areas film in amazing 3D with never-seen-before footage of the boys, releases nationwide on the 30th August - shortly after its New York premiere on the 26th August.

We are excited to have been a part of the production and to have worked with such great people to make what we believe, is going to be a great 92 minutes for idolizing One Directions fans around the world. We very much look forward to also being able to share our titles sequence for the film here at Richard Morrison in the very near future, so keep coming back to see.

Big thanks to all those involved in working with us to create the titles. With special thanks to Post Production Supervisor Mark Harris. Our VFX Supervisor Alexis Haggar and Producer Dan Marbrook for all their support and knowledge. And finally to Morgan for believing in our concepts and being 100% behind us all the way.

If you can't wait for the film, here's a helpful link to keep you going in the meantime and the official trailer for you to see. Enjoy.

Official Website: http://www.1dthisisus-movie.com/site/

http://youtu.be/PS3EUi_9X5c

To see our previous One Direction: This Is Us blog visit: http://richardmorrison.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/one-direction-this-is-us/

Please note: All images remain the property of their respective owners.

Dementamania

Dementamania Logo With near completion of our latest title sequence. We are really excited to share the news that we've been working on 'Dementamania', directed by Kit Ryan and written and produced by Anis Shlewet.

Starring Sam Robertson, Kal Penn, Vincent Regan and Geoff Bell, 'Dementamania' tells the story of a frustrated office worker, who finds himself caught between the realms of his deranged imagination and the mundane reality of his everyday existence.

Designer / Animator Freya Hotson has joined our team on the story-boarding of the sequence, along with VFX Supervisor Alexis Haggar of Lexhag.

Dementamania Storyboards

Ronin Pictures and Green Screen Productions presents 'Dementamania', in association with Gloucester Place Films and International Pictures Three, Premiere Pictures and Opix Films.

The film will receive it's World Premier on Friday 23rd August in London's Empire Cinema, Leicester Square as part of this years Film4 FrightFest.

We look forward to seeing our work on the big screen.

Half of a Yellow Sun Title Sequence

We are in the final composite stages with the title sequence for Biyi Bandele's new film 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. Shooting for the sequence with supremo DOP Jonathan Le Roux behind the camera, was finished over a week ago and we are now currently building with the master of VFX, Supervisor Alexis Haggar of Lexhag at The Look.

Director of Photography Jonathan Le Roux

Having previewed with Biyi and Producer Andrea Calderwood yesterday, who are excited with our progress. We are now placing the final type and logo effects within the sequence to deliver in the next few days.

In 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 Title Sequence Shoot

All is coming together nicely and we are excited for the final result. We hope to be able to share with you soon.