How Damon Lindelof and Title Designer Garson Yu Crafted an ‘Intimate Epic’ for The Leftovers’ Opening

July18

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From the WatchingTheLeftovers.com Blog;

In the beginning, series creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta needed a title sequence, and they said, let it be inspired by Renaissance art. He and designer Garson Yu of yU+co (Silicon Valley, Life of Pi and Epic) discuss how they made it happen.

From the start, Lindelof knew he wanted a Renaissance-inspired credit sequence. “Tom and I had pitched using Renaissance art in the title sequence, but we weren’t quite sure how to use it,” he recalls. For the execution, the show went to design studio yU+co which came back with the idea of using contemporary figures and vignettes. “That suddenly made the sequence feel less pretentious, more irreverent and most importantly, original,” says Lindelof.

The task was right up the alley of Garson Yu, creative director of yU+co. “Damon was really looking to take a big risk and that was encouraging,” says Yu. “What we’ve done is anchor the idea of a Renaissance fresco in reference to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. We built a sequence based around a fresco that’s in this fictional cathedral context.”

Nailing the emotional expressions in the vignettes was paramount to Lindelof. “The intent was to create an intimate epic,” he says. “The fresco is certainly biblical in scale, but the focus had to be on the pain and grief the people who weren’t ascending were experiencing as their loved ones got yanked away from them.”

Please continue reading the full blog post here: www.WatchingTheLeftovers.com

The Leftovers Season 1: In the Weeks Ahead

July9

Amy on “Live with Kelly and Michael”

July4

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Amy got into the Independence Day spirit and took part in a tricycle race on “Live with Kelly and Michael”!

Here’s a clip;

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“The Leftovers” Press Round-up

July1

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“The Leftovers” has garnered a great deal of press! Everyone is talking about Amy’s new show.

Here’s a round up of recent articles;

Brenneman is especially affecting as the mute but conflicted Laurie; she transforms what could have come off as a cold, writerly conceit into a believable, even identifiable, human being.

Yahoo! Screen has the first episode available to stream for free until July 6th.

Liv Tyler does good work with a silent Brenneman, her mentor. A scene in the snow, in which Brenneman has Tyler chop wood to no stated purpose, has an aura of mystery that more aggressively mysterious passages don’t quite achieve…

Why The Leftovers Isn’t Lost: We’re Not “Hoping to Find Out What Happened,” Boss Says

“We are the living reminders,” reads a Guilty Remnant slogan painted above the sink in one of the cult’s houses. “The Leftovers” stands as testimony to how valuable it can be to focus on everyday things and everyday people.

‘The Leftovers’ Recap: Trying to Explain What Cannot Be Explained

The Leftovers’ pilot is a classic HBO lead-off: lots of promise, lots of mood, lots of characters, tons of unresolved questions, just enough of a hook to draw you back next week. We’ll probably all be obsessed by the end of the month.

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