True Detective Main Title Sequence | FreeForm Pro

True Detective Main Title Sequence | FreeForm Pro

The Devil is in the Details. Mettle FreeForm Pro is used throughout the True Detective Main Titles to distort the images, and put some of the magic into the sequence. FreeForm Pro offers three ways to distort your layer in After Effects, through Mesh Warp, Displacement Mapping and Render Primitives. It gives unprecedented control in layer deformation. Thanks to Breeder and Chris Morris, for their awesome work. Download a free demo of FreeForm Pro.

FreeForm Pro: Fire footage is applied as a displacement map on the image of the main character’s face to make it “crumple” underneath the flames.


True Detective Main Title Sequence


Creative Director Patrick Clair,, Raoul Marks and Chris Morris Breeder.

Antibody created the main title sequence for HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective. Working through their LA-based production partners, Elastic, and with compositing support from the talented crew at Breeder.

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Making of article on Art of the Title
“True Detective” Opening Title Sequence
Client: HBO
Air Date: January 12, 2014
Opening Title Sequence: Elastic
Director: Patrick Clair
Executive Producer: Jennifer Sofio Hall
Design/Animation/Compositing: Antibody
Senior Designer: Raoul Marks
Animation + Compositing: Raoul Marks
Animation + Compositing: Patrick Da Cunha
Production: Bridget Walsh
Research: Anna Watanabe
Additional Compositing: Breeder
Compositing: Chris Morris
Compositing: Joyce Ho
Production: Candace Browne
Production: Adam West

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