We worked with Phenom Films to supply design and concept work for graphic interfaces and holographic displays, with the project quickly evolving to include VFX and opening titles for this 2019 Chinese blockbuster.
Adapted from the classic novel by Jiang Nan, the logo and title concepts were led by the story’s ‘last line of defence against an alien invasion’ theme. Hinting at what’s to come, we use inspiration from key elements in the story. Starting with the shield that protects Shanghai, we move through the various threats to humanity; from the alien Annihilators and Mother Ship and eventually to the Holy Vine Crystals, the source of the conflict.
However, as we found that the UI Design needed to become increasingly military-like and utilitarian, we transferred the early visual development into the titles. It’s a fast-paced and highly energised film, so this slow, almost ethereal introduction, acts as a counterbalance.