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Marco Polo Title Sequence

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Film Advertising Crafts / TV & Cinema Title Sequences / 2015

Mill+ teamed up with Netflix to create the stunning title sequence for drama series Marco Polo. Conceptually based on the traditional Chinese painting, the sequence uses ink because of its mercurial nature, and its metaphorical mirroring of Marco's journey and Kublai Khan's expanding empire. Images were meticulously handpainted onto dense paper that allowed water to sit on the surface. Sumi ink was then dripped onto the paintings, spreading beautifully throughout, creating the illusion that the images were being invisibly painted. The effect was captured using high-speed photography. The ink paintings include subtle imagery that invite the audience to feel Marco Polo's influence.

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