Behind the Scenes Look at HBO’s True Detective Opening Title Sequence

30 Jan
2014

Take a sneak peek at the creative force behind the main title sequence for HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective. The project was created by Jennifer Sofio Hall at Elastic and directed by Patrick Clair through the studio Antibody.

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Creative Director PATRICK CLAIR at Elastic Studio details the creation of the title sequence…

“The show is set in Louisiana in the ’90s, with a strong presence of the petrochemical infrastructure and the pollution of the physical landscape. We read scripts for the first three episodes before even considering the visual execution.

Visually, we were inspired by photographic double exposures. Fragmented portraits, created by using human figures as windows into partial landscapes, served as a great way to show characters that are marginalised or internally divided. It made sense for the titles to feature portraits of the lead characters built out the place they lived. This became a graphic way of doing what the show does in the drama: reveal character through location.”

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Learn more about the making of the Opening Title Sequence at Art of the Title.

Visit Antibody.tv to see more of their studio’s work.

Full Credits for the Sequence

Opening Title Sequence: Elastic
Director: Patrick Clair
Executive Producer: Jennifer Sofio Hall
Design/Animation/Compositing: Antibody
Senior Designer: Raoul Marks
Animation and Compositing: Raoul Marks, Patrick Da Cunha
Producer: Bridget Walsh
Research: Anna Watanabe
Additional Compositing: Breeder
Compositing: Chris Morris, Joyce Ho
Production: Candace Browne, Adam West
Client: HBO

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