The Natural World - On The 8th Day (1984)

Concept and creative process

Opening titles for a programme which investigated the potential aftermath of a nuclear explosion, where accumulated smoke and dust in the atmosphere would cause a severe nuclear winter with catastrophic effects on plants, animals and food supplies. The sequence began with a mute version of the ‘Natural World’ generic 3D logo. The specific title sequence for this particular programme consisted of computer simulation of a map of the world and animating data points which resolved in a countdown to the programme title. The simulation was shot on a film rostrum camera using black on clear backlit Kodaliths coloured with translucent colour gels.