A title sequence for the love child of The Knick and House of Cards.

For AMC203, Effects Graphics and Compositing, we had to make a 20-30 second title sequence for anything our imagination could create. I came up with an idea for a show, a medical horror, where a doctor from the early 1900’s commits sinister acts at night time. By performing unethical medical procedures and bringing his findings to his day job, he soon becomes the best and most well known doctor around.

I made this inside of Adobe After Effects CC, utilising many effects such as Displacement Maps, CC Page Turn, Force Motion Blur, Camera Lens Blur and Fractal Noise.

The pictures and text came from the book, Gray’s Anatomy, which I found in an op shop for $4.25. The page flick sound effect also came from this book for that little bit of authenticity.

One of the challenges I set myself was to make the text and images look like they were on paper.

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Above is before the displacement map was applied.

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By using the light and shadow of the crinkled paper texture, I was able to subtlety distort the text to make it feel less clean and also bend to the shape of the paper (as seen especially in the word vertebral)

As for the hand coming in and leaving a blood stained hand print, I filmed that on my desk with a less than attractive rig.


Using a blue folder as my key-able background, and a glass chopping board, I was able to position my camera on top, looking down to record my hand.


Take the footage into After Effects and you couldn’t even tell I had to an old Year 12 binder as my background.

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The results weren’t all that bad considering.