Territory Studio was approached in 2015 to create an original content prologue for series two of The Strain, created Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. This would serve to provide backstory around the history of a key artefact for the show called the ‘Occido Lumen’.
The initial art direction was laid out by the fantastic Yugen Blake. I was then asked to direct the live action shoot, and lead the animation of the sequence. The shoot took place over one day, in a green screen studio with a cast & crew of 20, including DOP Steve Brown, 10 actors, costume & make-up, and lighting and rigging team. We had the covers of the ‘Occido Lumen’ modelled in z-brush by Rachel Chu, 3D printed and assembled to create the huge ancient book seen in the show. Sam Keehan did a great co-animating the sequence with me and Thom Haig joined the team to create the 3D train transitions seen in the last segment.
Towards the end of production, the client felt the original direction didn’t match the aesthetic of the show. In order to provide a quick solution and meet the delivery, I reworked the aesthetic to be the striking red and blue palette seen in the final sequence, which tied in much more closely with other marketing material for the show.
Art Director & Project Lead
Sam Hart, Alice Ceresole
Concept Style frames
Hair and Makeup
Lucy King, Kate Roe
Nabi Koroglu, Robin March, Kirk Newmann, William Ludwig, Caroline Hubbard,
Josephine McGrail, Glen Power, Keith Heppenstall