Los Angeles-based production company Filmograph created a golden ode to the fading art of pressing vinyl records in the opening titles for Showtime’s docuseries George & Tammy. The series stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain as country-music icons and ill-fated couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
“Abstractly portraying the manufacturing of their albums lends the titles an air of magical realism and beauty, a nod to the couple’s complicated relationship with love, music, and addiction,” wrote Filmograph on its website about the sequence.
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Jones and Wynette met and married in 1969. Jones was a well-known alcoholic while Wynette developed an addiction to prescription painkillers when a hysterectomy in 1970 after the birth of her child, Georgette, left her in chronic pain. Wynette first filed for divorce from Jones in 1973, but they reconciled until January 1975, when they finalized their divorce. Although their marriage didn’t work out, the couple’s creative collaboration continued and they released three albums together after they split and nine total together during the course of their careers. Wynette married her fifth husband in 1978 and was with him until her death in 1998 at age 55 of a pulmonary embolism. Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy, in 1985. He was with her until his death in 2013 at 81.
The George & Tammy main titles are set to a gentle acoustic version of Roy Acuff’s country classic “Wabash Cannonball,” which was a song Jones often performed. One story behind the song describes the train in the song as a “death coach” that comes to take hobos to their deaths at the end of their lives.
George & Tammy, which premiered December 4 on Showtime, is based on Georgette Jones’ book, “The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George.” The docuseries was created and executive produced by Abe Sylvia. Andrew Lazar (American Sniper), Josh Brolin, Chastain and Kelly Carmichael also executive produce. David C. Glasser, David Hutkin and Bob Yari are executive producers from 101 Studios (Yellowstone). John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) serves as director and executive producer.
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Client: Showtime/Paramount Plus/MTV Entertainment Studios/101 Studios
Showrunner, Creator, Executive Producer: Abe Sylvia
Series Director: John Hillcoat
Agency/Production Company: Filmograph
Live Action & Creative Direction: Aaron Becker
Executive Producer: Seth Kleinberg
Producer: Troy Miller
Director of Photography: John de Menil
Editor: Jessica Ledoux
Additional Design: Mike Lo
Animation & Compositing: Joseph Ahn
Location & Consultation: Record Technology, Inc./Rick Hashimoto
Special Thanks to the Filmmakers: Christopher Aguis, Kathleen Shannon, Sherrell Hodges, Ben Hurand, Alasdair Willson, Nate Park, Postworks, AgX
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