Happy - Titles and Credits

Short Film: Titles Design (After Effects)

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Happy, from award-winning director Laura Dudgeon, is a film about first experiences. The opening title was a long process of evolution and variation before the desired balance of simplicity and impact was achieved, remaining sensitive to the tone of events bookending the title card. Substance explored colour combinations lifted from the graded footage in combination with references from the director’s mood boards. Ultimately the title card used the colours of the rocks and sky from the plate itself, with the title integrated into scenery, and both main characters appearing to acknowledge it’s presence. It then types itself off, as if second guessing… The end credits reference the visual motifs of light and water present throughout the film. Type is revealed under the surface of a shallow pool, as ripples and caustics wash through the type, distorting our vision for the briefest of moments. A small hint of chromatic aberration brings a touch of sunlight to the animation.

Credits:

Director:
Laura Dudgeon
Producer:
Stacey Kwijas
Cinematographer:
Fanny Mazoyer
Titles/Credits:
Substance
Design/Animation:
Scott Geersen
Composer:
Damien Lane

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