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GenPop's Bill Yukich Directs "Goliath" Opening Title Sequence

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Robert Goldrich
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

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Filmmaker and editor Bill Yukich directed the gritty opening title sequence for Amazon’s new original series Goliath.  Produced out of Los Angeles content creation studio GenPop, the black and white intro features Goliath’s leading man Billy Bob Thornton strolling through an underwater scene teeming with fire and smoke.  

The underwater photography lends the film an atmospheric vibe while the backing track of The Silent Comedy’s “Bartholomew” grounds it in a down and dirty rhythm. The ominous backdrop is the perfect foil for Thornton’s role as down-and-out lawyer Billy McBride, with Yukich’s visuals striking a balance between dreamlike and menacing. 

The approved concept called for a dry shoot, so Yukich came up with solutions to make it seem as though the sequence was actually filmed underwater. Shot on the RED camera, Yukich employed a variety of in-camera techniques to achieve the illusion of water, smoke and fire existing within the same world, including the ingenious use of smoke to mimic the movement of crashing waves.  

After wrapping the live action shoot with Thornton, Yukich edited and color corrected the sequence. The VFX work was mostly supplementary and used to enhance the practical effects which were captured on-set, such as adding extra fireballs into the frame to make the pyrotechnics feel fuller. 

Once postproduction was complete, Yukich projected the sequence onto a screen which was submerged underwater and reshot the projected footage. Though technically challenging, this method of re-shooting the footage gave the film the organic quality that Yukich was looking for. 

Credits

Client Amazon Studios Production Company Bill Yukich, director/editor; Pierre Nobile, executive producer; Ben Conrad, creative lead; Michael Angelos, producer; Matt Bass, DP; Regan Jackson, production design; Kenneth Keglee, title design; Takayuki Sato, title animation. VFX Go-Overboard Music Soundtrack: The Silent Comedy's "Bartholomew"

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