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The film series that revamped the classic TV show got another makeover in the 2011 release of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Using a combination of complex 3D animation and VFX work, Prologue put a 21st century spin on one of the most iconic opening sequences in television history.
The lit fuse from the TV show opening now becomes a motif in a thrilling montage connecting the various set pieces of the film. The typography further unifies the sequence, as the type tilts and dips along with the dynamic camera. The main title logo is divided into two distinct pieces: “Mission Impossible,” which uses composited layers of digital fire, sparks, and smoke effects, and “Ghost Protocol,” appearing in the form of white smoke before vanishing.
Several shots of live-action footage from the film are augmented by CG models and various VFX shots created for the opening. The end result is an edit with seamless transitions between its many shots, designed to leave audiences breathless and primed to experience the rush provided by this action blockbuster.