As beautiful as they are grotesque, the main titles to Vincenzo Natali’s 2009 sci-fi thriller are impossible not to watch, but perhaps more difficult when it becomes apparent that the setting is some kind of fluid-filled womb, with the titles literally grafted to the inner walls as a cancerous growth. The walls themselves appear to be made of different types of organic matter – mammalian, reptilian, some even plant-like. A thick field of suspended particles reminds us that we are in the equivalent of amniotic molasses, escorted by a single light through caverns of ambiguous organic matter.
Designed by Kook Ewo and realized at Chez Eddy after an extensive pre-production process, the titles effectively set the tone for the film while familiarizing the audience with its own brand of genetic cloning.
Title Designer: Kook Ewo
Visual Effects: Chez Eddy
Visual Effects Supervisor: Jean-Charles Kerninon
Visual Effects Producer: Jean-François Bourrel
Modeler/Texture Artist: Fabien Dufour
Digital FX Artist: Mathieu Sauvage
Lighting Compositing: Jean-Charles Kerninon, Jonathan Cohen
Camera/Animation: Jerôme Calvet
Layout/3D Artist: Pierre Beucher