Blending historical footage with CG effects, we were able to create a title sequence as epic as the film itself while also depicting narrative exposition in a unique way.

Gareth Edwards / Warner Brothers

LOCATORS | LOGO | MAIN TITLE | VFX

Gareth Edwards approached Prologue to create the logo for the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, which quickly expanded to the opening credits, and Sc97 of the film. The challenge that Prologue faced with the Main Title sequence was to tease out the mythology of the Godzilla monster in primitive civilizations and suggest a conspiracy and cover up is being perpetuated by subversive government agencies. Through the use of archival military footage, classified documents, newspaper headlines, hand drawn cave paintings, cartographic illustrations and glimpses of Godzilla, Prologue builds a suspenseful sequence grounded in reality. The credits sequence was created in stereo and names are left behind as portions of text are redacted. Prologue also created the ‘Monarch’ found footage documentary that is Sc97. Expanding on moments of the main title, through archival footage, VFX, and footage from the film to flesh out the history of Godzilla from past to present.

 

Main Title

2D MOTION GRAPHICS | 3D VFX | EDITORIAL | ILLUSTRATION | PHOTOSHOP | TYPOGRAPHY

"Culminating with a sudden blast and only a fleeting glance of the beast emerging from the waves, the slick collage seemingly addresses the countless viewers bringing a set of expectations to the table: By effectively positioning Godzilla as a mythological figure shrouded in vagaries, it sets us up for an entirely new way of looking at him. That’s an ideal scene-setter for the following two hours…"

− Eric Kohn, IndieWire

"“Set to Andre Desplat’s soaring music, the title montage is a revved-up ballet of rapidly redacted information about everything from evolution to atomic bombs, nimbly setting the groundwork for the scaly stomping to come.”"

− Oliver Jones, Los Angeles Magazine

"In an age when many big-ticket fantasy flicks jump right into the action after just the title, he also knows the value of a mood- and theme-setting opening-credits sequence, here devised by SE7EN’s Kyle Cooper."

− Michael Gingold, Fangoria

"He starts in the opening credits, by letting you know that everything you think you know about this story is suspect. The background is black-and-white footage of atom bomb tests from the 1940s and '50s — the time Godzilla originally surfaced; the foreground, movie credits. But as soon as each credit comes up, it's redacted: words blacked out, censored as if to say the audience lacks security clearance. Something has been kept from us."

− Bob Mondello, NPR

"It starts strongly, with eerie stock footage of Pacific nuclear tests followed by a nail-biting opening sequence at a Fukushima-style power plant, bluntly but effectively echoing the original 1954 film’s post-Hiroshima atomic angst."

− Tom Huddleston, Time Out New York

Scene 97

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