Based on the novel by Sarah Perry, Apple TV Plus’ The Essex Serpent is a Victorian Era drama about Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes), a young widow who relocates to the small village of Essex. There, the locals believe a mythical, murderous serpent torments them from the nearby marshes. As Cora investigates, a tragedy strikes, causing the villagers to distrust her even as her connection to the local vicar (Tom Hiddleston) grows closer.
To bring viewers into the world of the show, Yu+Co turned to the era in which the series is set and found inspiration for its main titles in the period’s ornate graphic patterns of the period. Images of a heart, an apple, a toad and others constantly transform, taking viewers from the scientific and naturalistic world to more imaginative, religious, and metaphorical realms, expressing the psychological themes of the show.
The Essex Serpent premiered Friday, May 13 on Apple TV Plus.
Client: Apple TV Plus
Creative Director: Garson Yu
Senior Producer: Sarah Coatts
Lead Designer: Mulan Leong-Suzuki
Designer, Illustrator: Edwin Baker
Designer: Grace Kang
Illustrator: Lydia Kim
Lead Animator: Cullen Parr
Cel Animator, Illustrator: Mari Carlson
Animator: Suzanne Porush
Painter: Brad Fraunfelter
3D Artist: Jeff Dietrich
VFX Supervisor: Gregory Jones
Editor: Evan Dennis
Writer, Researcher: Rick Spitz
Production Coordinator: Anthony Zucco
IO Manager: Latoria Ortiz
Roles: Concept, Design, Illustration, Animation, Compositing, Editing