Mill+ co-directors Ben Smith and Bryce Wymer hit themes of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry in the title sequence for the new Netflix original “Marco Polo” written by John Fusco and produced by The Weinstein Group.
“Bryce developed a technique to capture the images being ‘invisibly painted’ using an overhead projector and meticulously hand-painting the images onto a dense paper stock that allowed the water to sit on the surface of the paper.
“Sumi ink (ink formulated for sumi painting and calligraphy) was then dripped onto the invisible water paintings, spreading beautifully throughout the entire image. This was captured through high-speed photography to create an elegant, monotone image, confined to the waters edges.”
Compare and contrast: Here’s a smaller scale ink-in-water treatment from 2011 called “Dirty Water” from hush.fr director/illustrator Clément Beauvais For BDDP Unlimited:
Fun behind the scenes look at the three zoetropes Barcelona’s COMODO built from scratch over the course of two months from thousands of hand-cut pieces of paper for Spanish broadcaster TVE.
“Based on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Three Kings, each ident is infused with that special nostalgia of long-ago cinema techniques. The zoetropes were lovingly made with elements that remind us of the past: paper, record players for the spinning bases, lighting and animation techniques.
“Nothing was added in post-production or faked. It’s nice to get away from our screens once in a while and work with our hands.”
Watch the final IDs:
Director Nils Kloth and the Mill+ crew handled everything including the song writing on this three-minute clip for the B&B industry booking system Eviivo. Mill+ EP Luke Colson: “This is probably the most diverse Mill+ Design project we’ve done. The fact that we wrote the lyrics and composed the song, [Read more]
A new PES film is always cause for a smile or six and so it goes with “Submarine Sandwich,” two minutes of pure stop motion PES-ness with help from a sizable crew including DOP Eric Adkins and VFX super Cam Leeburg plus support from 1114 Kickstarter backers and NIKON. [Read more]
The current flood of overly earnest documentary profile films gets a slow poke in both eyes courtesy of Skittles latest silly/surreal adventure directed by Hungry Man Conor Byrne for The Corner Store Films thru BBDO Toronto with The Vanity handling post and Griff Henderson cutting. [Read more]