When it came to crafting the main titles for HBO’s sumptuous new turn-of-the-century drama, The Gilded Age, Elastic had its work cut out for it to make the sequence as beautiful as the show itself.

The scene starts, like the series, on a train. In the show’s opening scenes, Miss Marian Brook (Lousia Jacobson) must make her way to New York to live with her old-money aunts after the untimely death of her father, who was estranged from his sisters. When her purse is stolen at the train station, she makes the acquaintance of an ambitious young Black woman, Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), who lends Marian the money for a ticket. Peggy, who has had excellent schooling in Philadelphia, ends up being hired to work as secretary to Louisa’s aunt Agnes (Christine Baranski, in scene-stealing mode).

From there, the series unspools to tell the story of George (Morgan Spector) and Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon), a very wealthy but relatively newly monied couple whom the old-timers are working hard to keep out of New York’s snooty social scene.

The main title’s driving score was composed by brothers Rupert and Harry Gregson-Williams, each of whom are Emmy nominees with plenty of film work behind them.

The Gilded Age just completed its first season on HBO with the season finale on Monday, March 21.


Client: HBO

Design Studio: Elastic

Creative Director: Lisa Bolan

CG Leads: Kirk Shintani

3D Artists: Joe Paniagua, Jose Limon, Mike Dupree

Designers: Huy Dang, Kaya Thomas, Carlo Sa, Min Shi, Tnaya Witmer, Lynn Kim, Laura Reedy

2D Animators: Trix Taylor, Zack Citro

3D Animators: Gryun Kim, Taehoon Park, Lusine Arakelyan, Ugur Baltepe, Aziz Dosmetov

Flame Artist: Adam Flynn

Editor: Jessica Ledoux

Comp Lead/Tech Director: Andrew Young

Coordinator: Angela Shin

Producer: HJ Kim

Additional Production Support: Sheima Hassanlou

Deputy Head of Production: Zach Wakefield

Executive Producer: Luke Colson

Executive Producer / Head of Production: Kate Berry

Managing Director: Jennifer Sofio Hall

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