This project is an opening title sequence to an independent documentary film about the brutal killing of a gay college student in southern Utah in the 1980s. The brief was to hint at the subject matter and the darkness, without making the tone so bleak that audiences wouldn't want to watch the film.
I wanted to make it look like it was copied straight off a found VHS tape from the 80's. The 1978 Ford Thunderbird that the main subject drove features prominently in the titles, as it was the only impartial "witness" to the crime. The documentary addresses such an important topic, and although the events pre-dated LGBTQ hate crimes legislation, it was important to make this compelling viewing for those interested in securing rights and safety for all communities and people. Micah Dahl Anderson captured the tone of the documentary by composing not only an 1980's aesthetic, but also country western sounds & instruments which would have been heard in southern Utah in the 80s.
The client was extremely happy with the titles and how they fit into the larger project. The film has been submitted to several festivals, and although it was not included in this year's Sundance Film Festival lineup, we hold out hope that it will be seen by many.