Monday, February 14, 2011

Robin Hood: good things come to those who wait

On Friday night, we sat down to watch Robin Hood, not the Kenvin Costner version sadly, but the 2010 remake with Russell Crowe taking the role of the the aforementioned Robin Hood and fellow Australian Cate Blanchett as love interest, Maid Marion.

The film itself, breaks no boundaries, and Crowe's accent is, as I'm sure you've already heard, something that I hope will be sent to depths of Hollywood and never resurrected again.  But it is not the film that I want to focus on.  It is the end titles.

Designed by California based collaborative Prologue - recently responsible for titles and visual effects in Tron and Iron Man 2 - in collaboration with Italian artist and animator, Gianluigi Toccofondo the end titles of Robin Hood (2010) deserve to be treated as a film in themselves.

Using many of the dramatic, faced-paced and sweeping clips from the film, Toccofondo animates them into a mass of paint strokes bleeding into each other as they flit from one scene to another. Arrow streaks are extended, sword swipes cut through the paint strokes and riders and men disappear as quickly as they emerge from the darkness.

Robin Hood director and producer Ridley Scott had a clear vision to reflect the more romantic take on the classic tale in the end sequence and enlisted Prologue to help him resolve it. "When the production started Toccafondo, arduously spent tireless hours creating a sublime animated sequence in his unique style," explains Prologue creative director, Henry Hobson. "Working with Ridley and [editor for Robin Hood] Pietro Scalia,  Prologue edited the sequence to build the right pace and tension."

The entire sequence is handmade, right down to the type - also developed and created by Prologue uniquely for the film. "We printed out each credit, then hand inked each name. Typographer, Manija Emran added amazingly intricate custom flourishes to each letter to produce a truly unique type treatment."

If you can manage to sit through that accent for the two and a half hour film, the end credits are definitely worth the wait  - if not, the fast forward button will come in handy.

You can see the full interview with Henry Hobson, Creative Director at Prologue on and view the entire sequence with soundtrack on YouTube
(whilst the clip on Motionographer has all the great visuals, the added sound on the actual film version is more effective)

Images sourced from the clip on

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