A TRUE TITLE SEQUENCE

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Did the title sequence for HBO’s series True Detective blow your mind too? I wanted to dig into the creative process a little bit more and was delighted to find a brilliant walk through, described by Patrick Clair, the director of the sequence, on Art of the Title. The sequence immediately captures the haunting tone of the show, transcending the usual character introductions, and becoming literally moving works of art, sound tracked eerily by the Handsome Family’s “Far From Any Road.” Whereas I usually fast-forward titles after watching them a couple of times, I literally watched the show’s opening every single time. As Clair says, “Visually, we were inspired by photographic double exposures. Fragmented portraits, created by using human figures as windows into partial landscapes… this became a graphic way of doing what the show does in the drama: reveal character through location…(it) allowed us to push into very apocalyptic imagery.” Inspired by the photographer Richard Misrach, and using a combination of 3-D photographic technology and slow-motion animation, the sequence remains one of my absolute favorites. I’m so curious to see what is created for next season's titles. I highly recommend reading the entire article as it also details in photos the graphic work that went into creating the effects.