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Behind the Scenes: Making the Titles for NBC’s “The Slap” from Christopher Webb

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Behind the Scenes: Making the Titles for NBC's "The Slap" from Christopher Webb on Vimeo.

The outstanding creative team at Trollbäck + Company engaged Christopher Webb to help realize the opening sequence for NBC’s miniseries "The Slap", directed by Lisa Cholodenko, using in-camera visual effects.

Interweaving lines of fate play out in macro images, forming the outline of a hand inspired by palmistry and NYC subway lines.

The entire sequence was captured in-camera, adding motion and organic optical effects to animation at Chris’s studio.

Chris and his team constructed a one-of-a-kind camera motion, projection, and animation optics rig that could be operated in real time and controlled via hydraulics and precision servo motors.

This allowed the camera to move in almost any direction while photographing projected motion graphics through layers of glass and optical elements.

Images of NYC were also layered in-camera using specialized miniature projection units and moving mirror rigs.

The goal of Chris’s studio is to offer creatives unique practical methods for image making such as this.

Creative Agency: Trollbäck + Company
Creative Director: Elliott Chaffer
Art Director: Joshua Lynne
Cinematographer / VFX Technical Director: Christopher Webb
Head of Production: Erica Schrager
Executive Producer: Elyse Roth
Editor: Jonah Oskow-Schoenbrod
Animation: Paris Glickman, Adam Levine, Brandon Sugiyama
Studio Manager: Graceann Dorse
Camera Assistant: Tom Cryan
Gaffer: Casey Wooden
Key Grip: Brooks Lockwood
Tabletop Rigging: Daniel Jusino

NBC's "The Slap" Opening Title Sequence from Christopher Webb on Vimeo.

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