The Cursed (‘Eight for Silver’)

Our third title sequence collaboration with director Sean Ellis, for ‘The Cursed’ (AKA ‘Eight for Silver’) was an expression of our mutual love affair with optical techniques employed in classic horror films such as ‘The Thing’. The main title typography was designed to dominate the screen, whilst being off-centre to suggest that all is not well. Once designed, a partially translucent piece of vinyl cut artwork was made and shot using a Time Shift Box which allows the film to advance in the gate with the shutter open. This creates a beautiful, unmistakably optical, streaking effect. This technique echoes that seen during some of the more frenetic creature encounters within the film itself. The film was scanned and then taken into After Effects where different passes were enhanced and combined to maximum effect.
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