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Animal Kingdom Main Titles


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In the words of Animal Kingdom executive producer John Wells, "Through images, the Animal Kingdom main title prepares the audience for the violent, amoral, and virile world they will encounter in this show."  

"John Wells and Jonathan Lisco really understand the root of what makes their series special," adds Erin Sarofsky. "They emphasized that it's more than just a complicated family drama… describing how the humor, the Oedipal complex underlying their relationships, the complexity of each individual character and the tension, love and co-dependency they all share, impacts all aspects of their lives."

Given 60 seconds to explore the permanence of these relationships, the Sarofsky team used the tattooing process that matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin) endures as a powerful metaphor, along with scenes distilling the boys' childhoods and their transitions to manhood, intentionally juxtaposing jarring imagery that interweaves emotions, adult sexuality and masculinity.


Project Name: Animal Kingdom Main Titles
Running Time: :60
Debut Date: 6/14/16
Digital Cinema Systems: Phantom Flex4k with Cooke S4 prime lenses and diopters; ARRI Alexa with Cooke S4 prime lenses; Sony A7r II; Canon C300 Mark II with Zeiss CP2 primes.
Key Post-Production Tools: Final Cut Pro for editing; Adobe After Effects for design, effects and animation; Autodesk Flame for conform, clean-up and finishing.
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Client: John Wells Productions
Executive Producers: Jonathan Lisco, John Wells
EVP, Head of Television: Jinny Howe

Production Company: Sarofsky
Creative Director/Director: Erin Sarofsky
Co-Director, Lead Artist: Duarte Elvas
Director of Photography: Michael Bove
Additional Directors of Photography: Michael Burke, Brian Schilling
Editor: Josh Bodnar
Artists: Patrick Coleman, Domico Watson, Tnaya Witmer
Transcode: Stephen Ruminski
Flame/Finishing: Cory Davis
Executive Producer: Steven Anderson
Post Producer: James Babiarz
Line Producer: Stefanie Spiegel
Editorial Producer: Annie Maldonado

Music: Atticus Ross

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