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The Russia Investigation

a title sequence

A title sequence paying homage to and attempting to decipher one of the worst fiascos in our current political mess, visually inspired by the color block style of Saul Bass & Saul Bass inspired images, film noir, expressionism, vintage Russian propaganda & matchbox covers. Featuring music composed by Tagirijus, House Of Lost Souls (Hide Fast), (freemusicarchive.org/music/Tagirijus).


process

 Visual references are made to Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock, including this frame from Fritz Lang's 1931 work of German Expressionism, ' M ,'  directly referenced in my last frame. 

Visual references are made to Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock, including this frame from Fritz Lang's 1931 work of German Expressionism, 'M,'  directly referenced in my last frame. 

1. research

Given the complexity and ever-unraveling nature of the topic, much research was done both on the plot of the situation itself, including the many players involved and many plot points, as well as the visual world I wanted to reference, film noir and abstract expressionism.

2. sketches / Storyboard

A storyline was concocted using what I determined were key elements and players of the story. Images from newspapers and old films were collected for character studies and framing inspiration. I decided on how best to represent aspects of the story I wanted to tell, and created pencil sketches of the tableaus. The wonderful piece of music I found on freemusicarchive.org, by Tagirijus, really helped to establish both storyline and mood.

 The phone cord becomes the top line of a desk.

The phone cord becomes the top line of a desk.

3. digital drawings & Animation

Storyboard sketches (below) were recreated digitally in Illustrator before being brought in to After Effects for animation. I aimed wherever possible to use one element in one frame to help to create the next.


final video — the russia investigation (a title sequence):