Motion Monday: Title Graphics for “Unchained Reaction” Inspires Our Inner Science Geek

Did you grow up playing Mouse Trap or excelling at your school’s science fair? Discovery Channel’s Unchained Reaction series is right up your alley.

Unchained Reaction pits two teams of varying backgrounds against each other to build an elaborate chain reaction contraption. The competitors consisting of “artists, rocket scientists, animatronic specialists, engineers and your average Joe” are provided with identical tools and materials to build a contraption with an elaborate series of mechanisms based around a specific theme.

The opening title motion graphics for the show captures the excitable spirit of science geekery. Illustrated ping-pong balls are catapulted through an unpredictable series of gears and spinning arms with clinking, tapping, whirring sounds that help guide the movement.

Italy-based firm, Alkanoids, handled the design, 3D, animation and post production for  this 30 second title sequence.

Check out additional behind-the-scenes still frame images from Alkanoids here.

Motion Graphics: Unchained Reaction


Art direction & creative supervision: Chiara Cerutti, Silvia Morganti
Producer: Ivano Scuderi
Design, 3D, animation & post production: ALKANOIDS alkanoids.it/
Original sound design: Carlos Zarattini

Motion graphics for Unchained Reaction by AlkanoidsMotion graphics for Unchained Reaction by Alkanoids (making of frames)

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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