Director Frank Oz asked Brandt Animation to design an opening title presenting 37 actors and crew members for the beginning of his awarded film 'Death At A Funeral' without overlapping the live action, without being boring and without using humour, a seemingly impossible task.
We suggested creating a sequence which would explain the journey of the coffin before we see it carried out of the hearse in the first scene, adding to the story without interfering with it and providing a framework for the credits.
Composer Murray Gold's original music converged beautifully with
the visuals and gave the opening a subtle sense of humour in keeping with the director's wish to build the climax slowly. We suggested using out-takes in the film's end credits to maintain interest. These clips, combined with visual elements from the front titles, wrapped the comedy nicely.