(August 23, 2016) Mill+ has collaborated with 25/7 Productions and director Michael John Warren on the striking opening titles for Fearless. The new Netflix series documents Brazilian bull riding culture, and the grueling journey of riders from Sao Paulo to championships in Las Vegas.
The Mill+ team crafted opening titles that play a pivotal role in introducing viewers to the characters. Each scene works as a vignette, introducing a unique character’s personality and story using a distinctive, hand-painted look.
Mill+ Art Director Helen Hsu explains, “We used oil paintings as an initial influence to create a tactile effect. The concept started with looser brush strokes but gradually got more refined to add realism and purpose. We wanted the titles to look and feel like a painting, while using 3D software to achieve the look. To avoid them looking too ‘3D’ we had to repaint the frames multiple times.”
Mill+ Creative Director Clarice Chin adds, “The quality of the style was very important. The titles had to evoke meaning because of the very emotional, intense stories that are being told. Fearless is a documentary series with a lot of heart in it and it was crucial that we visualize that.”
Executive Producer: Andrew Fried, David Broome, John Henion, Frank Salinas, Yong Yam,
VFX & Design
VFX & Design: The Mill
Executive Producer: Luke Colson
Head of Production, Mill+: Elizabeth Newman
Producer: Sumer Zuberi
Production Coordinator: Anica Douglass
Creative Director: Clarice Chin
Art Director: Helen Hsu
Animation Lead: Justin Demetrician
Animation: Justin Demetrician, Tim Devlin, Viraj Ajmeri
Design: Alan Chen, Amy Graham, Helen Hsu
Colour: The Mill
Executive Producer, Colour: Thatcher Peterson
Colour Producer: Diane Valera
Colourist: Adam Scott
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Fearless is a Netflix production from Executive Producers David Broome of 25/7 Productions (The Biggest Loser) and Andrew Fried (Chef’s Table) The series is directed by Michael Warren.