Last night I caught up with Stuart Howard, the Managing Director of a start-up VFX studio that’s doing some great work.
His studio, Kuro Dragon has been running for less than a year and has just finished its first title sequence for a new 12-part ITV series that adapts children’s online stories to television. It's quite a unique project, as it takes stories from the Signed Stories website which are created especially for children with hearing difficulties, and feature sign language and subtitles, something ITV wanted to successfuly translate to TV.
Stuart was approached with a pretty open brief, to create an action packed title sequence which would appeal to a variety of youngsters, from toddlers to children around the age of seven and particularly deaf children.
To build on the Signed Stories connection, the team at Kuro Dragon created an animated sequence that has a rocket crash landing in front of the Signed Stories house, where kids are introduced to the Laurel and Hardy, the two characters from the website. One of the penguins even uses sign language to welcome the viewer’s inside the house. It’s a really nice piece of work, and only took Kuro Dragon 3 weeks to complete. Well done guys.