Art of the Title has a great interview with Eric Anderson, the Creative Director behind the opening title sequence for Showtime’s Dexter series. Anderson shares the entire development process of the creative team at Digital Kitchen, including how the firm landed the job. Anderson was challenged to create a title sequence to capture the “mundane,” yet sinister mood of the hit TV series centered around the day-to-day life of Dexter, a police forensics expert who leads a double life as a serial killer. The final outcome definitely captures the essence of the show (see the clip below), with tight macro shots of the character’s morning routine that allude to his dark secret.
Anderson shares the image and write-up that helped the firm land the job:
“Everything, no matter how mundane or beautiful, has an undercurrent of violence to it. It is just a matter of how closely you look. We are conditioned to see a blossoming flower as beautiful. But if you look closely, if you look differently you will see it more like an explosion. Here we see a mundane morning routine illustrated in extreme close-ups showing the underlying tension found in everyday situations making violence a part of everything.”
Check out some of the imagery from the development stages below, and read the full interview here.