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Into The Blue

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Momoco's title sequence concept for Into the Blue, an American action movie from 2005 with an underwater treasure hunting theme. We featured this title sequence in 2008, when Momoco consisted of studios in London and L.A. Meanwhile, The L.A. studio continued under a different name. it's just Momoco, London now.

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Title designer Nic Benns: “Momoco has another half in L.A. When we do film titles, we usually create a few versions for the client, some very experimental, but the film studio often picks the 'safe' option. There's four of us in total, and we all put forward boards - whoever wins directs! Anyway, they won and did a simple sequence that worked very well for the film and its director. This is our version, which references more of the history and backstory of piracy and sunken treasures. The movie is, however, about treasure hunting in modern times.”

It seems that the big film studios don’t care for experimentation when it comes to main title design. According to Nic Benns, the bigger studios have more confidence with 'experimentation' if the titles go at the end of the movie. “If anything, it’s the legals that often restrain us - this credit having to be the exact percentage size of that credit, etcetera. So, definitely more freedom if titles are at the end of the film, but there's less impact. Instead of setting up the movie, we are prepping the audience for catching the tube home. The titles also tend to be more languid and audiences are ruthless at getting up and scrambling for an exit as soon as the last frame of picture fades out.

"There are directors who - if they buy into your idea - will really help 'sell' the concept to the producers and reassure them that it’s probably not going to frighten audiences off - and demand their money back - in the first four minutes.”

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Still from the 2010 mini documentary about Momoco
Watch the 10" mini-documentary we made about Momoco featuring Miki Kato and Nic Benns, shot on location at their tiny London studio.

Momoco is a multi-disciplinary design and live action studio in London specializing in title sequences for film and TV, commercials and music videos. Momoco UK was founded by Nic Benns and Miki Kato. Creative director Nic Benns graduated from Cambridge University and moved to the US to study film at Cal Arts where he met Kato, who was studying for an MFA in Graphic Design.

Momoco has been designing title sequence since 1996, starting off at Imaginary Forces and yU+co, before setting up Momoco offices in L.A. and London in 1999. Sister company Momoco L.A. (Harold de Jesus and Marcel Valcarce) rebranded in 2005 to become inMotion Studios.

Momoco wrote, produced and directed the short sci-fi movie The Shell (a.k.a. Copelia) in 2010. (watch on Vimeo).

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Comments (3):

2 Apr 09 • by: Aaron Hendricks
anyone see the Sphere opening credits (done long before this)

1 Jun 09 • by: joris
Very nice, but heavily inspired by the Sphere intro indeed. Maybe they reckoned everybody would have forgotten about Sphere. I think it's worth it to put that one on here also. It has a nice mix of filmed graphical elements with After Effects titles.

1 Jun 09 • by: joris
Even the music echoes Sphere. Here's a link to that intro (if I may).
Thanks for this website by the way !