MethodMade Modernises Iconic Twilight Zone Opening Titles

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The new title sequence channels the essence of the original whilst also resonating with modern audiences
MethodMade Modernises Iconic Twilight Zone Opening Titles

The intro to Rod Serling’s classic anthology “The Twilight Zone” features some of the most iconic opening imagery in television history. For CBS’ latest incarnation of the series, hosted by Jordan Peele, production turned to MethodMade to create an opening title sequence that channeled the essence of the original and also resonated with today’s audiences. 

“The 60s-era ‘The Twilight Zone’ openings were groundbreaking for their time. Our aim was to honor those recognisable visuals so that the viewer is immediately aware of what is about to unfold but also elevate the imagery, pushing the creative tools at our disposal to create a new take on some fairly abstract notions like the vastness of infinity,” said John Likens, MethodMade creative director. 

Modernising the familiar concept of flying through moments and worlds, MethodMade artists intertwined unexpected reveals with well known ‘The Twilight Zone’ iconography, such as the celestial backdrop, ominous doorway and large rotating eyeball. New elements include shrinking the planetary cosmos down to the scale of a marble in an instant, then swirling down a funnel, as well as seamlessly linked transitional moments. Dynamic camera pacing allows viewers to appreciate each visual and image composition of the 30-second full CG sequence, while preparing for the unsettling narratives to come.

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Client

Advertiser: CBS

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Method Studios

Producer: Emily Schaeberle

Executive Creative Director: Jon Noorlander

Animation Director: Wesley Ebelhar

Animation Artists: John Likens, Jason Diaz, Kevin Sanchez

CG Artists: Da Suel Kim, David Derwin, Sari Rodrig, Ivan Girard

FX Artists: Ehsan Parizi, Jeongyeon Son

Production Company

Production Company: MethodMade

Executive Producer: Adrienne Mitchell

Director: John Likens

Music

Music : Marco Beltrami, Brandon Roberts

Genres: Visual VFX

Categories: Media and Entertainment, TV and Radio

Method Studios, 1 year ago