We've got another new project cooking behind the scenes, which means it is time for another Moodboard Monday! While we can't tell you exactly what the project is, we can at least give you a peak behind the curtain. We are diving into the world of animation, and we're finding inspiration in a bunch of different places -- some expected, and maybe some a little more out there.
First, we obviously had to look at some of our favorite animated movies and shows to get our brains working in the right direction. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of our favorite movies of the last few years, and definitely one of our favorite animated works ever. We probably could've built a whole moodboard from that movie alone! It's cutting edge, with really brilliant imagery, and we love how they weave comic book elements throughout the story. Staying in the Lord & Miller Cinematic Universe, The Mitchells Vs. The Machine also seamlessly meshed different styles of animation in a truly unique way, which we thought was really cool. And given how much we love anything with spies, we definitely gravitate towards Archer, and their take on elevated 2D action.
We didn't just stick in classic animation for this project, though. We've watched countless title sequences looking at transitions, fonts, styles, and everything other small detail possible. And we definitely landed on some favorites! Mad Men is iconic, mostly for its elevated simplicity. The black-and-white silhouette falling past the various Madison Ave billboards is a great summation of the show, and the title card is one of the most memorable of all 21st-Century television. Perhaps less scene was the Night Manager title sequence, but it still really left its mark on us. There are slick transitions from weapons into high end jewelry to rain drops, all done seamlessly as the credits play. Not to mention, the color palette matches what we started with here at King Penguin. And again, going back to the spy genre, James Bond films always have great opening credit sequences, and our favorite is Casino Royale. Everything ties the poker theme together incredibly well, and all the small details in the background are really fun to go back over.
Finally, we looked over some of our favorite movie posters to get a feel for the fonts and colors we wanted to use. The red and yellow of the Pulp Fiction poster really jumps out at you, and we definitely had it hanging in at least one of our college dorm rooms. Equally iconic is the poster for Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, with the huge sunglasses and distorted imagery. Going back even further, we love how jarring and exciting the font is on the Vertigo poster, setting viewers up for the thriller to come.
We can't wait to show you what we've got coming, but until then, hopefully our Moodboard can inspire you to make something cool, too!