The Contortionist's Handbook Title Sequence

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  • This was a video project based on the novel, The Contortionist's Handbook, by Craig Clevenger.
    I had to choose a book that I would want to see as a motion picture and create a title sequence for it.
    I got to choose my dream cast of actors and the direction of either video or motion graphics. Inspired by sequences by Saul Bass and the Catch Me If You Can title sequence and my interest with motion graphics,
    I went in this direction. Every choice from the colors, the song (from the book), the flashes, the objects, the use of lines, to the six-digit hand has a connection to the story. Actors were chosen who seemed like
    a good match for the character roles. The final shot of the video is the opening scene of the book. 
     
    Brief Synopsis of Novel:
    John Dolan Vincent is a talented young forger with a proclivity for mathematics and drug addiction. 
    In the face of his impending institutionalization, he continually reinvents himself to escape the legal
    and mental health authorities and to save himself from a life of incarceration. But running turns out
    to be costly. Vincent's clients in the L.A. underworld lose patience, the hospital evaluator may not be
    fooled by his story, and the only person in as much danger as himself is the woman who knows his
    real name (Wiki) and doesn't mind his 6-digit imperfection.
     
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