New York-based creative agency Adolescent turned a pastiche of photographs, archival footage and news-clippings into an elegant main title sequence for ESPN’s documentary series The Captain.
The Captain, which is the well-known nickname for New York Yankees’ all-star shortstop Derek Jeter, is directed and produced by Emmy-winner Randy Wilkins. Spike Lee executive produces.
“We set out on a journey to discover the man behind the iconic Yankees number-2 jersey,” said Wilkins in a statement. “The series gives insight into a Hall of Fame baseball career, but more importantly, we reveal a person who sits at multiple intersections of American culture. The Captain is a story about race, media, celebrity culture and the insatiable drive to be the best version of yourself.”
According to Adolescent: “For the main title treatment, we wanted to focus on Derek’s entire life to date, something that can resonate for each episode. We were provided layers and layers of great source material, allowing each scene to be custom treated, revealing different aspects of Derek’s journey.
“We loved the idea of a silhouette, starting off with seeing just the figure, but as the sequence progresses, the viewer gets to see more of him, as you see more of his life.
“The treatment also includes some baseball chalk line transitions, accents of New York Yankees colors, amongst other things to make it very custom for both ESPN and Derek.”
The seven-part series is now streaming on ESPN Plus, through episode four with new episodes premiering Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Plus.
Director, Producer: Randy Wilkins
Producer: Alex Cirillo, Gabe Honig
Original Music: Jonathan Altman
Creative Director: Man-Wai Cheung, Mina Muto
Producer: Turner Poth
Art Director: Akira Terabe
Animator: Sagour Biswas
Designers/Animators: I-Ting Kao, Amelia Dempsey, Sam Feske
Design Assistant: Fei-Chen Wang
Production Assistant: Greta Westcott
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