Favorite Color recently crafted the main titles for the HBO documentary, “Back Nine at Cherry Hills: The Legends of the 1960 U.S. Open,” which chronicles the momentous gathering of Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer at the final round of the 1960 U.S. Open.
I’m not a golf fan, but this project piqued my interest in the film. The mix of footage, stills and CG make for beautiful visuals, while the editing, voiceover and elegant typography provide a dramatic undercurrent that’s subtle yet effective. The lighting effects, while familiar, are motivated by an attempt to blend nostalgic sepia-tinted memories with the ever-present sun of the golf course.
The music adds another layer of classiness to the spot. The gestalt is timeless and sophisticated, a reflection of golf’s best image and a spot-on job for HBO.
Creative Director: Lindsay Daniels
Designers: Paul Darragh; Jesse McGowan
Lead Animator: Jack Myers
Animator: Jesse McGowan
3D Artist: Bill Bourbeau
Executive Producer: Casey Steele
Producer: Jojo Mu