Digital Kitchen Opens “Helstrom” for Hulu
What would your childhood drawings look like if dad was a possessed serial killer? The LA Digital Kitchen team stabs at the answer with these titles for Hulu’s take on the Marvel Comics characters Daimon and Satana Helstrom.
Digital Kitchen associate creative director Andrew Julian: “The Helstrom story at its core is a psychological family thriller about Ana and Daimon and their traumatic past. While the story focuses on their adult lives, it’s evident that their disturbing upbringing scars their experiences.
“What if we could see into the past through their memories, interpreting the surroundings with a child’s view of the world?
“For the main title, we recreated Daimon and Ana’s childhood drawings to develop a title sequence that mirrors the eerie tone and mood of the show and creates a narrative that enriches our protagonists’ backstory.
“Each picture offers a unique window into their collective and individual experiences. It was essential to bring these drawings to life by using traditional cell animation as if the memories are playing back within our character’s imagination.
“We sketched thousands of individual frames, making sure the entire sequence was assembled by hand, and then digitally manipulated the frames to enhance the final style.”
Agency: Sid Lee
Chief Creative Officer: Cam Levin,
Production: Digital Kitchen
Executive Producer: Cynthia Biamon
Creative Director: Mason Nicoll
Associate Creative Director: Andrew Julien
Senior Producer: Matthew Lynch
Art Director/Animator: Peter Pak
Designer/Animator: Giovana Pham
Illustrator/Animator: Cynthia Soe
Illustrator: Kate Park
Music: ‘The Devil’s Doo-Wop’ composed and performed by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans