Midweek Motivation: Godfather of Harlem Title Sequence with VFX Breakdown. Image © Epix
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The Godfather of Harlem title sequence has just won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design. Below is the main title sequence. Also, see a brief overview of Peter Pak's paper collage technique.

The handcrafted stop-motion look for paper collages was created using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. Also, they shot vintage paper to give it the antique look.

Peter Pak the designer / main animator / art director posted this breakdown of the title sequence. In the description he explains:

The main title INTENTIONALLY reflects many of Romare Bearden's techniques, aesthetics, and themes, and is a purposeful design for the series opening credits that is not meant to stand apart from its cinematic purpose. Similar to how the show adds hip-hop and other modern flair that is anachronistic to the period depicted on the show, our main title also uses modern artistic principles to improve readability for a modern audience. The complexity of Romare's collages, while appealing in its intriguing subtleties, could compromise the legibility of the credits or would not read as well if only shown for a brief moment in the fast-paced main title. As a result, many of our Romare-inspired designs have been simplified or redesigned in terms of form and composition, which may have resulted in similarities with modern and contemporary collages in places. I hope the interest in the show and the main title will lead to a wider audience perceiving the artwork by Romare Bearden and other African American artists.

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Congratulations to the design team on your Emmy win!

Godfather of the Harlem title sequence

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Godfather of Harlem title sequence Credits

Mason Nicoll, Creative Director / Editor EPIX
Peter Pak, Designer / Main Animator / Art Director
Giovana Pham, designer
Cisco Torres, animator

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