Robert Redford / Buena Vista Pictures
END TITLE | VFX
While at R/GA L.A., Kyle Cooper created the end credit sequence along with VFX work for Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, starring Ralph Fiennes.
Quiz Show tells the true story of Richard Goodwin, a congressional investigator who blew the lid off a scandal surrounding the popular game show Twenty-One in the late 1950’s, in which the show’s producers were fixing results in order to achieve higher ratings.
Cooper created a live-action montage of families tuning into the show in living rooms across the nation. The logo for the game show in question was composited onto vintage television screens. Shots of T.V. sets and antennas from the time period of the film are anchored in rural and urban settings, on the coasts and in middle America, and seamlessly transition into one another. The montage aims to convey the vast reach and influence that game shows had on American audiences.
The end credit sequence features a slow motion tracking shot of a T.V. studio audience laughing hysterically as the credits roll. A single shot provided by Redford was heavily manipulated by Cooper in a marathon offline session, using speed-ups and blow-ups, then entirely recreated using a traditional film optical process. This was set against a Lyle Lovett cover of “Mac the Knife,” emphasizing the fact that the public had been sucked in and duped. Cooper also created the epilogue typography.