With many of his stories being adapted into films including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep), its sequel Blade Runner 2049, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report and TV series such as The Man In The High Castle and now the almost-eponymous Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams, Philip K Dick’s writings has perhaps been one of the more adapted science fiction authors out there with his work inspiring thousands if not millions of creatives.
Based on his short stories, you may have spotted a familiar face in the opening credit sequence of new anthology series Electric Dreams.
In the sequence you pass through the streets and glimpse “beautiful and disturbing elements of a future mad world” and “holographic layers of reality before catching [your] own reflection”, and you realise – you are Philip K Dick and you are an android.
Momoco – a studio whose previous work includes the award-winning Great Expectations opening titles, as well as opening sequences for Luther, Hannibal and Peaky Blinders to name a few – has revealed how the titles was achieved.
“Four days before delivery, a producer had the great idea of the A.I being Philip K. Dick himself,” says Nic Benns, creative director at Momoco. “We used archival references to sculpt a head in Cinema 4D then contacted Philip’s daughter for a better likeness of the profile. Isa happened to be an exec producer on the show and kindly supplied photos to capture the look.
“The sequence is a combination of live-action plates shot steadicam and Cinema 4D animation blended in After Effects. The old lady on cyberlegs is our young producer in a latex mask.”
You can see more behind the scenes imagery for the Electric Dreams sequence on Instagram.
What do you think of these opening titles? We think they’re something Philip K Dick himself would have been proud of.
Watch the full opening titles below.