The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986)

Concept and creative process

Title sequence for 'The Life & Loves of a She-Devil', a drama serial based on the dark story of a rejected, plain woman who sought revenge on her husband's beautiful lover by appropriating her rival's exact face and body image by means of cosmetic surgery. The title sequence depicts the different stages of the facial transformation of the she-devil, set in a CGI cabalistic evil eye symbol against a background of the elements of air, earth, fire and water. The separate components of the composition - still photography, specially shot film footage, the computer generated evil eye and lettering, and the motion control rostrum camera work were combined, using a digital image manipulation system pioneered pioneered by BBC engineers for graphic design in the pre-Quantel Henry era. This enabled designers to work on video with the same degree of frame accuracy that they were accustomed to when working on 35mm film.

Post-Production - Peter Willis and Malcolm Dalton, BBC Video Rostrum Unit.

Computer Animation - Ian Bird at Electric Image.

Designer/Director - Michael Graham-Smith.

Nominated for a BAFTA craft award 1986.