In Apple TV+’s eight-episode thriller Defending Jacob, Hollywood’s stalwart Captain America Chris Evans heads to court, playing a lawyer whose teenaged son is accused of murder. Like the miniseries itself, a mood piece as much as it is a nuts-and-bolts crime drama, the title sequence moves slowly and somberly to unspool a story with ample clever turns.
Created by studio yU+co (Mrs. America, Crazy Rich Asians) the opening is a window into a family torn apart, the contemplative score by Atli Örvarsson walking a knife’s edge of ticking tension and pressurized grace.
“I’m a sucker for transitions,” says Robin Nishio, one of the panel judges for Art of the Title's Top 10 Title Sequences of 2020, and indeed, there’s something so satisfying about seeing one image turn seamlessly into another, their creases and edges lined up just so. What are the rules and where are the boundaries? Where does one moment end and another begin?
* Voted one of Art of the Title's Top 10 Title Sequences of 2020
Production Studio: yU+Co
Creative Director: Garson Yu
SVP/Executive Producer: Carol Wong
Executive Producer: Ryan “Reno” Robertson
Art Director/Lead Designer: James Robertson
Technical Director/Lead Compositor: Gregory Jones
Animator/Compositor: Yuee Seo
Art Director (Concept Development): Ed Baker
Researcher (Concept Development): Rick Spitznass
Designers (Concept Development): Grace Kang, Lydia Kim, Mulan Leong-Suzuki
Editor: Sam Schlenker
Matte Painters: Daveed Shwartz, Reuben Corona
Live Action Producer: Nick DeSantis
Director of Photography: Wojciech Kielar
Set Design/Construction: Justin McClain
I/O Manager: Latoria Ortiz
Production Assistants: Denis Lavinski, Anthony Zucco
Series Music: Atli Örvarsson
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