BLACK SAILS | MAIN TITLE AND KEYART | S1 & S2 UPDATE 


STILLS


OVERVIEW

It's 1715 and the golden age of piracy… a world where rebel pirates, collapsing shanty towns, whore houses, illegal treasure and the promise of the New World clash with the imperial forces of European civilization. Nothing less than a full-on art history mash-up of Baroque motifs, Gothic architecture and Rococo style could express this strange society, where outcasts and aristocrats alike vie for power. Using a sculptural language traditionally reserved for saints and kings, we depict a maverick society that is ultimately doomed. Beauty and death abound… as well as a skeleton or two…


CREDITS

Designed & Produced by: Imaginary Forces
Title Sequence Inspired by: Kris Kuksi
Directors: Karin Fong & Michelle Dougherty
Art Director: Alan Williams
Executive Producer: Ben Apley
Lead Producer: Brian Butcher
Producers: Keith Bryant, Jon Hassell
Concept Illustration: Alejandro Lee, Vincent Lucido, Bernard Custodio
Lead Modeler: Meats Meier
Modelers: Jamin Joseph-Lackie, Margaret Dost, Odel Palmer, Aamir Karim, Justin Fields Lead Lighting & Texturing: Joseph Langmuir
Camera & Previz: Kevin Ferrara
CG Lighting & Texturing: Kevin Ferrara, Steven Hensley, Greg Ruane, Michael Colarik Editors: Caleb Woods, Gladys Bernadac
Assistant Editor: Michael Radtke
Lead Flame: Rod Basham
Flame: Eric Mason
Assistant Flame: Michael Radtke
Coordinator: Joseph AbouSakher
Production Assistants: Dominick Guglielmo, Alex Frankel, Nicole Zschiesche
Design Interns: Hunter Thompson, Lisa Chen, Zach Eastburg
Music Composer: Bear McCreary

 


ORIGINAL PITCH FRAMES


PRESS

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2014 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design

SINKING INTO THE THRILLING TITLE SEQUENCE OF STARZ' 'BLACK SAILS'

"One of the more thrilling title sequences to hit the airwaves in 2014 belongs to Starz’ “Black Sails,” though not for the expected reasons. Opening a show set in the cutthroat world of 18th-century pirates, one might predict a swashbuckling affair, rife with high-flying, plank-walking, sabre-clashing kinetic energy, be it live-action or other. But the titles by Imaginary Forces produce a sensation that might be considered the direct opposite of rousing adventure: sheer, unadulterated dread. That balance of beauty and encroaching darkness is exceptionally difficult to pull off under any circumstances, but particularly impressive when considering the way in which Imaginary Forces struck it – via a meticulous, unhurried journey through an ivory landscape of intricately carved Baroque filigree."

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BLACK SAILS

"The dark sea, calm, is waiting. Sabre and shield invade as elaborate tableaux float past, smooth porcelain faces contorted in ecstasy and anguish. A battle rages in freeze-frame maelstrom, ebony bones clashing with ghost white figures — fierce outcasts crashing against civilization. The remarkable carved filigree designed by Imaginary Forces wears its Baroque and Rococo influences on its ivory sleeves while Bear McCreary’s thunderous score breathes gloom throughout. Beware that delicious sinkingSabre and shield invade as elaborate tableaux float past, smooth porcelain faces contorted in ecstasy and anguish. A battle rages in freeze-frame maelstrom, ebony bones clashing with ghost white figures — fierce outcasts crashing against civilization. The remarkable carved filigree designed by Imaginary Forces wears its Baroque and Rococo influences on its ivory sleeves while Bear McCreary’s thunderous score breathes gloom throughout. Beware that delicious sinking feeling as the opening titles for Black Sails draw you down into the Davy dark. feeling as the opening titles for Black Sails draw you down into the Davy dark."

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How The Main Titles For Pirate Series “Black Sails” Became A Work Of Art

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'Black Sails': See the awesome opening credits

"Gorgeous, cool, and thematically on target, these credits are like a haunting dream you might have after touring a sculpture museum and hitting Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride on the same day."