HBO’s Seen & Heard — Main Title Seqence
Created for HBO’s upcoming miniseries “Seen & Heard”–starring Issa Rae and featuring stories about black television creators and on-screen personalities in America’s recent and past histories–these frames represent a main title sequence idea focusing on familiar faces from all of our favorite black-led TV shows. Conceptually, we wanted to design a main title sequence that celebrated the broader cultural impact of black television. We sought to showcase the stories and characters who helped define an era, even beyond the physical scan lines of television.
Here we navigate through a series of table-top style collages, assembled from mixed-media sources. Our nostalgic approach uses magazine articles, still frames from shows, press-releases, vintage TV guides, and relevant print articles from the times. The collages have a hand-crafted and real-world feel, further emphasized by the lighting, depth-of-field, and motion of our 3D camera. Every image appears to be roughly cut out with scissors and assembled by hand.
At times, we frame the shots wide but then get in close to the imagery to focus on a particular person. We include some television clips between our vignettes to help punctuate individual moments and break up the overall approach. We anticipate that any live-action moments will be short and plan to use them as filler and transitions.