T&F Create Opening Sequence for Franco Roast
Once the song was chosen and scene lengths determined, Miller and Krueger worked closely with Matz to choreograph the perfect story arc and to stitch each scene together. Led by Miller in T&F's NYC studio, an animation team including Keith Endow and Dominika Nicman used the full Adobe Creative Suite, including Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects to deliver the title sequence right on time.
"Technically speaking," said Matz, "each scene was animated as a united RGB pass that was run through a master After Effects stack to automatically generate the appropriate colors from our chosen palette. Filmic textures and an animated ‘defocus' treatment was applied the same way. Our ultimate goal was to mindfully and humorously celebrate the many facets of James Franco by showing them through an artfully classic and elegant lens.
"Some of the references to James are intentionally subtle, such as the scene from The Planet of the Apes," Matz continued. "We think that just the right amount of humor and material is highlighted and shared. We also love that the sequence concludes with his latest film, This is the End. The crash zoom into James' 'demon eye' to reveal the long list of James Franco credits wraps it up perfectly to kick off the show."
Source: Thornberg & Forester