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Midweek Motivation: Godfather of Harlem Titles w/ VFX Breakdown

Midweek Motivation: Godfather of Harlem Title Sequence with VFX Breakdown. Image © Epix

The Godfather of Harlem Title Sequence just won the Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design. Below, watch the main title sequence. In addition, see a quick breakdown of the paper collage technique from Peter Pak.

The hand-made stop-motion look paper collage look was created with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. In addition, they shot some vintage paper to achieve the antique look.

Peter Pak, the designer/lead animator/art director, put out this breakdown of the title sequence. In the description, he explains:

The main title INTENTIONALLY reflects many of the techniques, aesthetics, and themes of Romare Bearden, and is a purposeful design for the opening credits of the series not meant to stand separately from its cinematic purpose. Yet, much like how the show adds hip-hop and other modern flairs that are anachronistic to the time period portrayed in the show, our main title also utilizes modern artistic principles for better readability by a modern audience. The complexities of Romare’s collages, while appealing in its spellbinding intricacies, could prevent legibility of the credits or wouldn’t read as well when only shown for a brief moment within the fast-paced main title. Therefore, many of our Romare-inspired designs were simplified or redesigned in form and composition, from which similarities with modern and contemporary collages may have appeared in places. It is my hope that interest in the show and the main title will lead to a larger audience becoming newly aware of the artwork of Romare Bearden and other African-American artists.

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Congrats to the design team on your Emmy win!

Godfather of Harlem Title Sequence

Godfather of Harlem Main Title : Collage Effect Breakdown

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Godfather of Harlem Title Sequence Credits

Mason Nicoll, Creative Director/Editor EPIX
Peter Pak, Designer/Lead Animator/Art Director
Giovana Pham, Designer
Cisco Torres, Animator


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Posted by Michele Yamazaki