Imaginary Forces: Main Title for “Boardwalk Empire”

Imaginary Forces creates a cinematic main title for HBO’s new series, Boardwalk Empire.

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  • oeuf

    These titles had so much potential. It’s not bad per se, but seemed a bit cliche with the liquor bottles in the water. The best part of the titles, Steve Buscemi…

    • mk

      I agree. Also it looks very obviously composited and a little overly Magritte-esque for no apparent reason. Plus nothing much happens. Why is he standing there posing in his nice shoes by the water for so long?

    • I thought it worked.
      bottles = prohibition
      feet wet = criminal
      walking away at the end = getting away with it.
      It was sorta six feet under – I can pretty much hear the client saying “give it the six feet under pacing/feel”. if a client asks for it, you give it to ’em.

      • oeuf

        “It was sorta six feet under – I can pretty much hear the client saying “give it the six feet under pacing/feel”. if a client asks for it, you give it to ‘em.”

        That couldn’t be more true, I don’t doubt that Imaginary Forces had some better boards/concepts than the final result.

      • “if a client asks for it, you give it to ‘em.”

        I don’t tell the plumber how to fix my sink…

        • “I don’t tell the plumber how to fix my sink…”

          If I hire a plumber to install a new sink for me, I expect to have some say in how it looks.

  • feels like the six feet under opening

  • dig it.

  • here are the concept boards from DK (Bryce Wymer).
    http://brycewymer.blogspot.com/2010/09/boardwalk-empire-digital-kitchen.html

    Look much better than what ended up being done at IF…

  • The bottles and imagery don’t bother me so much as the music. It just doesn’t fit for me, the music has a 60’s feel and it just doesn’t jibe with the 20’s visuals, imho.

    • invertebrae

      Agree that the lush period flavor of the show seemed to be undermined by overly composited imagery and trippy 60’s music. Why go hyper-real with this when you have the makings of something very in-keeping with the era?

      Gotta say, the show is enthralling though. Want more Omar!

      …ryan