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(Vid) Angel:After the Fall opening credits

28th January 2008 (22:58)

A while ago I put together an opening credits sequence for Buffy Season Eight, and it seemed like a good idea to do the same for Angel: After the Fall. And so here they are.

For maximum enjoyment, I recommend turning the volume up and playing this vid before reading each issue of the comic. :-)

Download link for high quality 640x480 resolution WMV version (10.6MB file):
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Director's Notes

I deliberately avoided images that would reveal the big spoilers of the series so far, in case anyone comes across these credits before reading the comic.

I used the Season Five credits as a template - that includes trying to match up similar clips, such as the image of Angel being thrown through a plate glass window which happens at the same timecount in both versions. :-) 

Geek trivia note: in the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' credits, those actors who appear earlier in the sequence have their names on screen for a longer time. However, in the 'Angel' credits everybody, even David Boreanaz himself, gets exactly 2.75 seconds. Assuming I keep to that standard myself, it puts a fixed limit on the number of people who can feature in the credits... 

...And because of that, I included Angel, Spike, Illyria, Gunn, Connor and Wesley as the people who so far have had the most on-page presence and the most dialogue. I was very tempted to include Betta George with a credit "as himself", but he's not really done enough yet to warrant that - and then there's the question of do I include Gwen? or Nina? What about Lorne when he appears? Or the notorious mystery man? So I stuck to the six main cast regulars in the end.

There were some technical challenges doing these credits which I struggled with, because of all the fancy animation in the original. I did manage to get something fairly close to the moving coloured border effect. Unfortunately, Ulead VideoStudio doesn't seem able to match the animation effect that appears on the actors' names, where the words slide sideways across the screen, so I had to compromise there.

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(Deleted comment)
Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th January 2008 23:52 (UTC)

Glad you liked it! And I take it that 'travelling mattes' is the proper term for what I called the "moving coloured border effect"? You can tell I'm not a techie... :-)

Posted by: woman_of_ (woman_of_)
Posted at: 28th January 2008 23:51 (UTC)

Wow, that was incredible! loved it, and so much thought put into each sequence. Do you have the extended theme? If not I could upload it for you....then that might be too long!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:02 (UTC)
angel-dragon

Thanks!

There's an extended theme? Do you mean a full-length version of the music? I could do a special extended full-length version of the credits including everyone and his dog fish, but that would probably be best done after 'First Night' comes out and wwe see which other characters are going to appear often ihn AtF. In other words, in about 4 - 5 months from now... But if you can upload the file, I could play around with it... thanks!

Posted by: woman_of_ (woman_of_)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:26 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:54 (UTC)

Posted by: 2maggie2 (2maggie2)
Posted at: 28th January 2008 23:59 (UTC)

Very fun to watch. Must have taken a ton of work.

I have a query though: why put the actors names in? It's a bit weird seeing as how they aren't actually there, and in some cases (Connor) the drawings really aren't close to the actor in question.

But really fun. Thanks!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:06 (UTC)
angel-dragon

Thanks! And compared to a full-length vid, this was actually fairly simple - less than a minute long instead of 3 - 4 minutes.

I know what you mean about the names... elisi tells me she burst into derisive laughter on seeing SMG's name appearing over the comics ersion of her in my S8 credits. :-) But I was wanting to make these seem as much like the real Season 6 credits would have been as possible. For a brief 49 seconds, we can dream...

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 13:39 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 16:21 (UTC)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 20:22 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 23:28 (UTC)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 31st January 2008 09:59 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 31st January 2008 12:34 (UTC)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 31st January 2008 12:45 (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa (shipperx)
Posted at: 31st January 2008 16:39 (UTC)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 31st January 2008 16:55 (UTC)

(Deleted comment)
Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:07 (UTC)

*basks*

Thank you!

Posted by: Owen (owenthurman)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 01:42 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:10 (UTC)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:08 (UTC)

Oh, well bowled. So *that's* where you've been :)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:11 (UTC)

Oh, and I just looked at your Buffy S8 credits since I hadn't done so before (I think when you originally posted those, I hadn't even read the comics yet). Another rousing round of applause! (almost typed "applesauce")

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:56 (UTC)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:23 (UTC)
puppet-brood

That was pretty damn cool (though again, I find myself wondering if the actors' names really belong... but hell, it's your vid.) I really like the final powerwalk... um, powerzoom... um... Angel-looking-broody-and-billowy-coat-y-shot.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 01:02 (UTC)

Putting in the character names would be weird, though... they're so dissimilar. :-)

Angel
William 'the Bloody' Pratt aka Spike
Illyria
Charles Gunn
Connor Riley
Wesley Wyndham-Pryce

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 29th January 2008 00:54 (UTC)

That is excellent! Well done for having the patience and the skill to put it together.

Saving and playing in front of every issue from now on:)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 29th January 2008 01:05 (UTC)

yes put Gwen and Nina in please.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 01:20 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 01:18 (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa (shipperx)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 01:38 (UTC)
bunny

Very cool!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:14 (UTC)

*hands you a blanket*
No, wait, wrong response.
Thank you!

Posted by: kindredspirit75 (kindredspirit75)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 02:00 (UTC)
TW - nice

Totally awesome, darling.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:14 (UTC)

Thank you! :-)

Posted by: Zoe (zoesmith)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 03:24 (UTC)
atf spangel

*applaud*

Oh wow, that's so cool! Thank you!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:15 (UTC)

*Bows*
Thanks!

Posted by: userpjx (userpjx)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 05:24 (UTC)
Well Done

Man this is so awesome I joined livejournal just to say how awesome it is...

One question, why did you choose to give Spike purple and Illyria blue and not vice versa?

Posted by: M (spankulert)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 08:25 (UTC)
Re: Well Done
ComicA Illyria god

Firs off, AWESOME vid! I'm seconing the motion to wait for Nina and Gwen to have more action before propping them in there :)

Now: why did you choose to give Spike purple and Illyria blue and not vice versa
I'm guessing it's because Spike's got the pimpin' purple pyamas going for him, and Illyria is... well, blue.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:17 (UTC)
Re: Well Done

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:27 (UTC)
Re: Well Done

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 07:38 (UTC)
'It-couple' by jackaholic

Ooooh neat! *applauds* I've been wondering if someone would do this, and I'm so pleased! :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:19 (UTC)

I do my best to anticipate your wishes. :-)

Thanks!

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 09:06 (UTC)

That is so beyond awesome that words fail me.

:Is stunned and thrilled:

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:23 (UTC)

Wow. Thanks! (And thanks for thanking me twice, so to speak...)

Posted by: Kathyh (kathyh)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 10:07 (UTC)
Kathyh Angel avenger

That was really well done. I love it.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:26 (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: sueworld2003 (sueworld2003)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 10:12 (UTC)
Spangel glance

Really beautifully done. It must have taken you ages.

Sadly for me though it mainly serves to push home just how much I miss seeing a live action production. :(

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:34 (UTC)

Thanks! It didn't take all that long compared to a normal vid... but still, probably about an hour of work for each five seconds of the credits. :-)

Posted by: darkdreams1222 (dreamsofspike)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 11:28 (UTC)

very beautiful, love how you put it together, and managed to avoid actual plot points, but still capture each of the major players...wonderful, love :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:37 (UTC)

Thanks! I did try to make sure that everyone, including Nina, Gwen and Betta George, got at least one good quality image of themselves in the credits.

Posted by: mrs_underhill (mrs_underhill)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 16:20 (UTC)
Illyria says - canon!

It's very well done! Great vid.
But looking at it I miss the actors. :) And also the vid exposed the abstract way Franco draws people, and I could understand people complaining about his art more. Because his art looks better on a panel, with backgrounds, details etc. Faces alone are not that detailed.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:42 (UTC)

Good point... another thing I found was that he draws a lot of small, crowded panels with lots of action going on. For something like this vid I had to enlarge the images by a lot (over 200% in some cases) which obviously reduces their quality a lot. You can really tell the difference with the big full-page pictures, like the ones I used for the beginning and end of the credits.

Thanks!

Posted by: most excellently twisted (fanbot)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 17:06 (UTC)
Spangel - Comic BW

Very awesome. Your hard work and love shows.
Thank you!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:50 (UTC)

Much appreciated. :-)

Posted by: do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs (kita0610)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 19:53 (UTC)
Angel/Connor/Spike: ash n tattoos

Oh, this ROCKS.

*gets teary eyed*

I miss my dead gay show.

Thanks SO much for this.

Aw yeah. *sniff*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:50 (UTC)

*Passes hanky*

Thanks! :-)

Posted by: Patricia (lafemmedarla)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:09 (UTC)
ats/btvs. ensemble. not fade away.

Awww, that was fantastic.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 20:51 (UTC)

Thank you! (And you just pushed the thread over the 50-comment limit, so now it's all collapsed. ;-) )

Posted by: makd (makd)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 21:24 (UTC)
thank you

here via kita0610. gorgeous!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 12:35 (UTC)

Glad you liked it. :-)

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 22:34 (UTC)

Totally amazing! Took my breath away.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 12:36 (UTC)

Took my breath away
Oxygen! Stat! We need to intubate!
(Sorry, been watching too much 'House' recently...)

Thanks!

Posted by: Trepkos (trepkos)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 22:56 (UTC)

Very cool!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 12:37 (UTC)

Thanks!

Posted by: dancing till the world ends (lynnenne)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 23:00 (UTC)
angel comics by zoesmith

I tried to view this last night, but the vid somehow disappeared. I'm glad it's back up again! This was totally worth checking back for. :) Well done.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 12:38 (UTC)

Really? Odd; it wasn't anything I did to it. Maybe the host ran out of bandwidth or something...

Thanks!

Posted by: chrislee (chrisleeoctaves)
Posted at: 29th January 2008 23:24 (UTC)
wild horses

This just made me so happy...and so sad. Just hearing the music again. Really well done!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 30th January 2008 12:41 (UTC)

I know what you meean about the theme music. Thanks!

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