Mill+ teamed up Ben Smith and I with Netflix to create the opening title sequence for Marco Polo, a new original series for Netflix, written by John Fusco and produced by The Weinstein Group.
The series is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, and exudes lavish and rich aesthetics. The Mill+ team wanted to visually represent the metaphors of the show with themes of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry by contrasting them with images of beauty, grace in the authenticity of the time.
An entirely unique illustration style was created by depicting western imagery through an eastern medium. The brilliant ambient quality of ink was captured in camera in it’s natural form, and carries the viewer throughout the opening title sequence.
Directors: Bryce Wymer, Ben Smith
Executive Producer: Danielle Amaral
Live-Action Producer: Tia Perkins
Director of Photography: Adam Carboni
Illustrators: Bryce Wymer, Michael Marsicano
Art Director: Michael Marsicano
Editor: Charlotte Carr Mill+
Edit Assist: Leanne Belgiorno
Post-Production / VFX Company: The Mill
VFX Producer: Carl Walters
Shoot Supervisor: Daniel Giraldo
Creative Director: Bryce Wymer, Ben Smith
2D Lead Artists: Antoine Douadi
2D Artists: Daniel Giraldo, Yoon-sun Bae, Dan DiFelice
Motion Graphics: Chet Hirsch, Tetsuro Mise
Colourist: Michael Rossiter
Production Coordinator: Tarun Charaipotra
Designer: Gera Frascaroli, Bryce Wymer
Music: Daniele Luppi
Agency: Netflix / The Weinstein Group
Producer: Stuart Burkin