“Montage ecstasy,” says Louise Sandhaus, designer, educator, author and one of the panel judges for Art of the Title's Top 10 Title Sequences of 2020, describing the opening to Errol Morris’s 2020 documentary My Psychedelic Love Story, centered on the acid-fueled love affair between Joanna Harcourt-Smith and Timothy Leary, the so-called high priest of LSD.
Graphic designer Jeremy Landman and a team of animators use bold colour with a potpourri of effects, type treatments and shapes, layering mystical imagery, archival photographs and cut-out headlines to give the sequence the vibe of a playful trip; a headlong dive down the rabbithole. The credits are set in a shadowed typeface and placed atop blazing colour contrasts, all stewed together to create a hodgepodge of vivid psychedelia. This treatment also populates the film proper, resulting in an experience of boundless surprises and graphic delights.
Directed by: Errol Morris
Music by: Paul Leonard-Morgan
Film Editing by: Steven Hathaway
Art Director: Carl Sprague
Graphics: Jeremy Landman
Animators: Brian Do, David Do, Steven Do
Storyboard Artist: Raymond Prado
Visual Effects by: Unleashed VFX
VFX Supervisor/Lead VFX Artist: Jerry Spivack
Visual Effects Artists: Eric S. Rosenthal, Stephen Grimm
Paint Artist: Ron Crabb
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