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2022 One Show - Moving Image Craft

The White Lotus - Main Title Sequence

Agency Plains of Yonder / Seattle

Client HBO

Category

Title Sequences

Annual ID

OS22_MI129M

About the Work

We created the opening title sequence for the HBO series The White Lotus, by show creator Mike White. The social satire tackles the forces at work within the lives of the over-privileged, taking a hard, tropical stare into the chasm between those being served and those doing the serving. To capture the peculiar spirit of the show, we conceived of a series of idyllic wallpaper patterns, each inspired by the resort suites within the show (Palm, Hibiscus, Pineapple and Tradewinds). These patterned chapters become little worlds where monkeys frolic and leopards snooze on giant leaves. But as the gaze moves closer, all is not well in paradise; A chameleon transforms, testicular fruit rots on the vine, a snake lays in wait, insatiable caterpillars decimate their own scenery, a fish finds its end in a tangle of venomous tentacles, and traditional outrigger rowers battle an unsurmountable wave. The scenes hold hidden clues to themes and storylines within the show. Each is treated with physical wallpaper effects: real-world light reflections, mis-registered paper seams, hand held camera movements, mold growth and ink-bleed animations. For us, this work represents a refreshing, storybook return to analogue craft in title design, where emotional depth and power are served up in beautifully timeless ways.

2022 Awards

Total Points: 3

Merit

Credits

Production Company

Plains Of Yonder / Seattle

Executive Producer

Jennifer Senkler

Illustrator

Lezio Lopes

For HBO: Series Co-Producer

Tim Stormer

For HBO: Series Created, Directed, & Written By

Mike White

For HBO: Series Executive Producer

Mike White
David Bernad
Nick Hall

For HBO: Series Producer

Mark Kamine

Visual Effects and Animation

Simon Mowbray

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