Transformative stories are one of my favorite stories to see. This film inspired my partner and I to create a title sequence that reflected a transformation from cold and calloused to a flourishing and warm environment, representing Walt and his character in the film. We focused on how his transformation came because of infectious displays of love and community, and found this was best represented by the invasive qualities of vines growing through every crack they can find.
Our initial concept and sketches were birthed by the idea of vines growing where they please, possessing an almost infectious quality to them. This was ultimately the visual metaphor we wanted to use to represent the boy and the Hmong community who showered Walt with affection.
Our strategy for photography was to extract our letters from our backdrop so that we could composite the structure to our scene.
We remodeled our type using Cinema 4D based off the shot we chose for our final frame. Our vines were then modeled around our type and adjusted according to the shape of the letters and structures.
Last, came compositing in Photoshop. We took our modeled vines and photo backdrop to blend the two medias together and create our warm lighting.