Mill created title sequence for Marco Polo series. It is a true story based on famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in Thirteen century China, & exudes lavish and rich aesthetics. Creative team at Mill wanted to visually represent the metaphors of the show with themes of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue & rivalry by contrasting them with various images of beauty, grace in authenticity of the time.
Co director Ben Smith wanted to have the concept of traditional Chinese painting, an ancient decorative art form using ink pictures to tell the story in the title sequences. The ink portrait abstract shapes that transition into 'traditional decorative paintings'.
In most of the shots The ink paintings were shot in camera with The Mill's 2D team compositing in the wider images of the army, the bird, a severed head and fighting wolves.
Mill created a sequence that contains a duality of visuals; the ink paintings that include slight and subtle subliminal imagery that in turn invites the audience to feel Marco Polo's influence and be a part of his world.