Krod Mandoon

Client: Skaramoosh for Hat Trick Productions

Channel: BBC2/Comedy Central (US)

Role: Pitch (mood boards, storyboards and animatics). Branding. Title sequence – art direction / animation

Monty Python meets The Princess Bride in this spoof fantasy series starring Matt Lucas and Sean Maguire. Follow Kröd and his band of ineffectual freedom fighters as they fight evil and save the world.

The intention was to play it straight with the title sequence, creating the look of epic drama but letting the comedy shine through from the actuality footage of the characters. The sequence references classic fantasy art and movie posters of the ’70s and ’80s – which was a great excuse to hang around Forbidden Planet in the name of research.

Having produced storyboards for the initial pitch, I animated the titles, which combine many different techniques, such as roto-masking, time warping, particle effects and fluid dynamics.

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Pitch: Mood board 

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Pitch: Storyboard

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Title sequence: Visual effects treatment

Raw footage from the show (top) is treated to create a fantasy art look (bottom). Visual effects include sky-replacement, fog and colour grading. Circling birds are added, with additional clouds and lightning effects created using particle systems.

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