Into The Wild (unofficial)
designer: Jurjen Versteeg • 22 comments
If you've seen the movie, you'll know that this is not the official Title Sequence of Sean Penn's Into the Wild. 21-year-old Dutch design student Jurjen Versteeg created this animation as part of a school assignment and we think it's a great achievement. We don't intend to make a habit of including student pieces in the collection, but sometimes rules are meant to be bent and broken. Are they not? Let us know what you think.
“The school assignment was simply to create a title sequence based on an existing movie,” says Jurjen Versteeg. "I chose Into the Wild – a film that combines beautiful images with a nice soundtrack. The original title sequence wasn't very good though, in my opinion, with the two different fonts that morph into each other. I designed an alternative title sequence that recaptures the story of the film. It's about venturing off from the big city into the wilderness and discovering all kinds of new situations and exciting new environments along the way.”
“Usually I work a lot with 3D and Photoshop. I use After Effects only for compositing. The execution of the project was done completely in After Effects, which was quite a challenge. I tend to use 3D to get the most out of certain elements of an animation. In this case, I used layers that were first cut out in Photoshop and animated, 2.5D style, in After Effects. The particles, such as the dollar bills and the snow, were created using the Trapcode Particular plugin. I found it interesting to discover that you can use After Effects to create a sequence with a 3D feel.”
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About Jurjen Versteeg
Dutch motion designer Jurjen Versteeg studied Interactive Multimedia and Audiovisual Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In 2009, for a school project, Versteeg created an alternative title sequence for Sean Penn's road movie Into The Wild, which got him on the radar of motion design blogs worldwide, including Watch the Titles. For his graduation project in 2011 Versteeg focused all his energy on title design, which culminated in another fictitious title sequence, this time for a documentary about title design. With A History Of The Title Sequence Versteeg won the 2012 Vimeo Award in the Motion Graphics category. He recently founded his own creative studio in Rotterdam, From Form.
Jurjen Versteeg on Vimeo