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Title: Marco Polo (2014)
Studio/Designer: Mill +
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Reason for this title:
This is an incredible title created by the Mill + for a Netflix original series. What makes this sequence so interesting is that practical elements (paper and ink) were combined with CG elements and composited for the final piece. The Xieyi style of painting with ink is heavily used to mimic traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. The Marco Polo sequences opens with ink washes that we've seen many times in different motion graphic projects. As the ink flows across the page it forms a picture a landscape reminiscent of old school Chinese paintings, however throughout the sequence the ink reveals the more violent and gruesome narrative of the Marco Polo story.

Title: Samurai Champloo (2004)
Studio/Designer: Toshiyuki Yamashita
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Besides Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo is one of my all time favorite anime created by Shinichiro Watanabe. The name Champloo (Champuru) literally means "to blend or something that is mixed". This anime blends the traditional samurai story with trendy hip hop. In the sequence traditional Japanese paintings that use a more even toned color palette are combined with extremely stylized and bold characters designs. It creates a nice contrast that is a representation of not only the characters' personalities but the differences of traditional and new wave Japanese filmmaking. For example, Mugen is loud, feral and fights with a breakdance style while Jin is more reserved and uses more traditional samurai methods.

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