Design company MK12 recently sat down with Creativity Online for a brief interview regarding their work in the motion graphics industry.
Quantum of Solace
The group, based out of Kansas City, Missouri, is best known by James Bond fans for creating the main title sequence for last year’s Quantum of Solace. They were also responsible for the title sequences for two of director Marc Forster’s previous films, The Kite Runner and Stranger than Fiction.
In describing their directorial approach, MK12 stated: ‘To state the obvious first, most of our shoots are fairly technical in nature, so we’re always keeping one eye on that. But we do try to iron out the logistics as best we can before a shoot so that they don’t become issues on set.’
‘Once that’s taken care of, we focus our attention on getting the best shots and performances. There is no tried-and-true method for doing this—at least, not that we’ve found. Every shoot is a unique animal, and we adjust accordingly. We’ve been working together for a while now, and we have good professional chemistry, so we’ll often work together on set, divvying up performance, compositional & technical concerns to be sure we get what we want.’
When asked specifically about what it was like to enter the world of 007, they quipped: ‘Aside from the ride in the Bond Aston Martin, the bikini-clad women, the sets at Pinewood, trips to Panama, Austria and the premiere in London, it’s a pretty dull job.’
They continued: ‘We’re pretty good at identifying the subtext of a film and finding the right tone and visual aesthetic to best communicate it’s message, and we’ve been very lucky to have worked with directors who have tapped us for that resource.’
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