Film design company yU+co has added another memorable title sequence to its portfolio, this time for Hollywood blockbuster ‘Tomb Raider’. yU+co have made their name crafting title sequences for the likes of ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘The Fate of the Furious’, ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Kong: Skull Island’.
The creative studio were responsible for producing and directing the opening prologue sequence for ‘Tomb Raider’, which provides crucial backstory for the narrative. To create the sequence the yU+co creative team was given an array of maps, illustrations and ancient looking books. The props were to be arranged as if sprawled across the desk of Richard Croft, Lara’s missing father, who delivers plot details by voiceover as the camera pans across the various texts.
“This sets up the reason for his absence and his presumed death at the beginning of the film. The challenge for the yU+co creative team was to create something that was supernatural and scary, but also plausible. We found ourselves walking a fine line between the occult and the real world.” says creative director Garson Yu.
A more kinetic end title sequence weaves together 2D and 3D images as the camera moves abruptly around them. Much of this imagery takes inspiration from various trappings of the Tomb Raider franchise including ancient temples, artefacts, weapons and puzzles. yU+co’s design team was inspired by the various tools and weapons that Lara utilises, using the sequence as a way to revisit elements from the film and interpret them as if seen through her eyes. Because the yU+co creatives knew the film was going to be in 3D they exploited that fact and packed the screen with objects that shoot towards the camera at speed.
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