One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. I’m working on a longer essay about him and this piece didn’t make the cut, so I’m releasing it as a short standalone video. Thanks for watching!
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In this SoundWorks Collection exclusive we talk with Composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Sound Re-recording Mixer Michael Semanick, and Re-recording Mixer, Sound Designer, and Supervising Sound Editor Ren Klyce.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 English-language drama/thriller film. It is the second film to be adapted from the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. The first was a 2009 Swedish-language/English dubbed film. The 2011 film was written by Steven Zaillian and directed by David Fincher. Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist, and Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander. In essence, the film follows a man's mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 36 years, and may have been murdered.
Here at Royale we're suckers for sci-fi; pulsars, quasars, Barbarella, you name it. Jay can't get enough of Buck Rogers in the 25th or any other Century. So when the creators of The CW's post-apocalyptic show "The 100" approached us to help craft a title sequence that expands on the already vast landscape created for the sci-fi drama, we jumped at the opportunity quick as a Flash (Gordon).
We worked closely with The 100 show creators to develop an intro that harkens back to a more traditional prologue that both sets the stage for the show's complex narrative and reveals a unique perspectives on show locations and characters. We wanted to expand on the show and give viewers a reason to pay close attention to the titles. There is narrative information in each and every shot that is built upon real story elements. These small bits of story give die-hard fans and casual viewers alike a sense of a much larger world yet to be fully explored. Everything from the locations to the telemetric data being displayed is pulled straight from the show's cannon.
Each shot was built around a location that echoed that from the show. Every shot has unique CG elements placed within. Crashed space stations, buried bridges, and broken monuments dot the post apocalyptic landscape and give hints to narrative events that take place within the show. Through a mix of live action plates, CG elements and motion graphics, we provided a unique perspective on the world. Taking this even further, the first and last shot of the sequence will change for each and every episode. A bespoke approach to a show’s title sequence is exactly how we think it should be done.