Images of War (1981)

Concept and creative process

Titles for a series of programmes about the images and memories of war cameramen, a number of whom were or became accomplished artists with the paintbrush as well as with the camera. Filmed high speed in a transparent tank, the title sequence used the action of wetting a paintbrush, swirling it about and withdrawing it from the water to cause the previously calm surface to erupt in slow-motion, simulating the effect of depth charges. These were seen against the background of the programme logo attached to the outside of the glass tank. A swirl of blood red colour in the water was visible through a part of the logo and created a transition to the final shot of the paintbrush, on which the series subtitle had been applied with Letraset transfer lettering.

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