Framestore Opens Sky Original Sci-fi Series “Intergalactic”
From the release:
Created by award-winning writer Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Intergalactic is a punchy sci-fi, Sky Original drama which follows a group of female prisoners who go on the run. Framestore’s Creative Director Sharon Lock collaborated with Gearey, director Kieron Hawkes, and Tiger Aspect Productions to create the logo and titles for this original futuristic show.
Hawkes, “We really wanted something modern and colorful for the title sequence, that had a retro film feel to it, and also gently touched on some narrative elements of the show. Sharon and the team understood immediately. The finished sequence was even more than I’d hoped for. Framestore brought the concept to life brilliantly, enhancing the original vision with style and energy. I had such a great experience with them.”
Lock, known for her title work on National Geographic’s series MARS, initially pitched the logo before being selected to create the titles for the series. Amongst the high-octane drama of a feisty all-female cast in Gearey’s fresh take on a sci-fi setting, Lock’s work needed to encapsulate the very human drama and tense relationships between the set of disparate women convicts forced together through no choice of their own.
Taking inspiration from the third wave of feminism in the 90s and punk-rock, Lock initially began the creative process of forming the series’ logo by profiling handmade fanzines and similar references. Lock came up with around sixty different ideas to present to Gearey and the production team who soon realized that Lock had an instinct for the show’s complex female characters tangled up in a visceral and propulsive universe.
Lock stated, “Even though it was set in space, Intergalactic was vibrant – the set design and costumes were very colorful so the unconventional yellow which went against that traditional sci-fi type look suited the ethos of the show.”
“The title sequence needed to do a lot of heavy lifting, and communicate a backstory which would be out of view in the series itself.” Set in the 24th century in a fictitious New London, built above the original capital city which had been swamped by rising sea level brought on by global warming and the destruction of habitats globally, the show plays on the havoc that is consuming the world today.
Working in tandem with After Effects and Cinema 4D Lock incorporated some live-action footage and some beautifully hand-painted elements which were scanned and used as overlays, conveying a human touch, and the impression that the women on the spaceship could have made them themselves. Alongside this, Lock’s team created digital matte paintings and CG builds and incorporated some iconic London building assets courtesy of Milk VFX who was working on the visual effects for the show itself.
Client: Tiger Aspect Productions
Director: Kieron Hawkes
Writer and Creator: Julie Geary
Executive Producer: Iona Vrolyk
Series Producer: Nick Pitt
Post Production Supervisor: Max Caswell
Creative Direction/Logo Design: Sharon Lock
Design/Animation: Jessy Wang, Michael Drayton, Sharon Lock
DMP/additional modeling: Nikola Yordanov
Colorist: Steffan Perry
Editor: Isabelle Slocombe
Senior Design Producer: Niamh O’Donohoe