Bunraku Opening Sequence

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Watch the stunning opening animation for Guy Moshe‘s film BUNRAKU (), directed by Guilherme Marcondes and produced by Hornet Inc. Marcondes mixed elements of live action paper puppetry, 2D and 3D animation to explain the backstory of the universe in which BUNRAKU takes place.

“The opening title sequence for BUNRAKU serves as a timeline for this fictional world, starting before the dawn of man when pre-historic animals were fighting for survival and against each other. We move through the timeline of the history of violence in mankind and find ourselves knee deep into a third world war. With a complete collapse of power, the countries eventually decide to ban all weapons and we emerge with a new world order for this action packed thriller starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore and Japanese star Gackt.”—Hornet Inc.

The title sequence was entirely fabricated and shot at the Hornet Workshop in Brooklyn, NY. Mixed Media at its best. Go Brooklyn!

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For more information about the project and the work that took place behind the camera check out the great interview with Gui on Art of the Title.

Full Credits

Directed by Guilherme Marcondes
Produced by Hornet Inc.

Executive Producer: Michael Feder
Producer: Hana Shimizu

Animation
Producer: Jan Wohrle
Lead Compositor: John Harrison
Compositors: Yussef Cole, Julien Koetsch, Arthur Hur
Storyboard Artists: Tom Lintern, Carlos Ancalmo
Character Design: Rafael Grampá, Mike Luzzi
Background Design: Morgan Schweitzer
Character Animation: Mike Luzzi
Additional Animation: Frank Summers, Keng-Ming Liu
Editor: Joe Suslak

Live Action
Director of Photography: Toshiaki Ozawa
Live Action Producer: Joel Kretschman
Assistant Director: Jeff Lazar
1st Assistant Camera: Scott Maguire
Gaffer: Michael Yetter
Best Boy: Rich Ulivella
Key Grip: Joe Mandeville
Art Director: Ryan Heck
Asst. Art Director: Andy Byers
Set Design: Andrezza Valentin
Puppet Fabrication: K&Z Studio Inc., Adam Parker Smith & Carolyn Salas
Puppeteers: Adam Pagdon, Ulysses Jones, Megan McNerney, Celli Clemmons
Production Assistants: Matthew Churchill, Rick Matera, Connie Li Chan

Bunraku Trailer

Images via Guilherme Marcondes.

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