When director Guy Moshe came across Guilherme Marcondes' short film Tyger and saw Gui's ability to combine puppeteering with animation, Moshe knew he had found the right person to direct the title sequence for his feature film Bunraku. With a storyline already in place, Gui was given the creative autonomy to direct a title sequence that he felt would most appropriately match the script.
The opening sequence, beginning with the paper sculpture crustacean puppets and ending with the fall of the dinosaurs, was the result of meticulous choreography, rehearsal, and multiple takes. Embracing a traditional theatrical technique by having the puppeteers dress all in black, they executed a careful dance, beginning with the simpler smaller aquatic characters and then quickly mounting the more elaborate dinosaur puppets. These performances were coordinated with the lighting design so that this section of the piece could be shot in one seamless take.
The crustaceans were paper sculptures and while the prehistoric fish were slightly more complicated, they were still paper based. These characters were constructed with a hollow interior to allow the puppeteer access to operate the hinged jaws.
Opening animation for
Guy Moshe's film 'Bunraku'
Director: Guilherme Marcondes
Executive Producer: Michael Feder
Producer: Hana Shimizu
Producer: Jan Wohrle
Lead Compositor: John Harrison
Compositors: Yussef Cole, Julien Koetsch, Arthur Hur
Storyboard Artists: Tom Lintern, Carlos Ancalmo
Character Design: Rafael Grampá,
Background Design: Morgan Schweitzer
Character Animation: Mike Luzzi
Additional Animation: Frank Summers,
Editor: Joseph Suslak
Producer: Joel Kretschman
Assistant Director: Jeff Lazar
Director of Photography: Toshiaki Ozawa
1st Assistant Camera: Scott Maguire
Gaffer: Michael Yetter
Key Grip: Joe Mandeville
Best Boy: Rich Ulivella
Art Director: Ryan Heck
Asst. Art Director: Andy Byers
Set Design: Andrezza Valentin
Puppet Fabrication: K&Z Studio Inc., Adam Parker Smith & Carolyn Salas
Puppeteers: Adam Pagdon, Ulysses Jones, Megan McNerney, Celli Clemmons
Production Assistants: Matthew Churchill, Rick Matera, Connie Li Chan