Research & development
Over the course of a year we worked closely with Tom Hanks, Playtone and Nathan McGuiness on key messaging within the film. This was a true passion project for all involved.
As part of our efforts, we visited museums, cartography specialists and studied reel after reel of WW2 footage to ensure our treatment and designs were authentic to the era.
The allies desperate struggle in the Atlantic against U-boat assaults is a story rarely told and was as fascinating as it was moving. Tom and Playtone charged us with handling the subject matter with a delicate and respectful tone, and after several rounds of design and motion tests, we feel that the end result achieved that goal.
Title sequence design
& Art direction
The initial brief was to open the film with a title sequence that told of the struggle in the Atlantic during WW2.
Using audio from both Churchill and Roosevelt, we recreated a captains chart table, with pins that tracked an allied convoy across the Atlantic.
Dramatic lighting and depth of field, were used to convey the sequence as a deadly game of cat and mouse. Long shadows cast across the map
foreshadowed the events to come.
We intermingled these shots with recreated newspaper and naval documents explaining the gravity of the events as we tracked around the captains table.
Title sequence, locals, watch cards
At the 11th hour Playtone changed direction and asked us to come up with an end titles treatment that paid homage to the brave sailors lost at sea.
Coming at the end of the film we now had a more poignant and mournful
story to tell from the perspective of a researcher pouring over documents to uncover what happened on the Keelings journey across the Atlantic.
Mimicking the mechanical movement of microfiche, documentation and cataloging, we created a sequence that was inherently analogue in theme and tone.