The Old Guard: End Title Sequence and VFX

A secret history.

One of the most impactful and moving moments of The Old Guard centers around the reveal of former CIA agent James Copley’s “sociogram” - a series of boards covered in layers upon layers of documents and photos, meticulously chronicling the near-immortal lives of our heroes through the decades of their existence. 

In conversation with director Gina Prince-Bythewood and editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, it seemed only fitting that the end title sequence center around this pivotally emotional moment. And so, we set about creating a titles-friendly version of the board itself. 

  • Client: Netflix
  • Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Released: July 10, 2020

In order to be faithful to the film and do its characters justice, copious research was a must (as was the feedback of creator and writer Greg Rucka). We sourced articles and created our own period-accurate materials, which included inserting Andy, Booker, Nicky, and Joe into featured historical photographs.

These documents were used to populate our boards, and we then shot them digitally to get just the right look and feel for the piece. When editing, we focused on striking the right balance between readability and impact as we told the history of Andromache and her team of mercenaries throughout the ages. 

But the end title sequence wasn't our only contribution to The Old Guard!

During the post-production process, we were also able to use the research and materials we designed to help populate the actual sociogram seen beside the characters in the film. 

Locators, inspired by Copley's sociogram.

Additionally, we created many of the graphical pieces seen throughout the movie. We designed and executed the signature look for the characters’ shared “dream sequences”, creating a tonally cohesive visual thread to tie these moments together through the narrative. We also created the locators, UI, and news graphics to ground the setting in reality.

Check out the very human story of these inhuman immortals in The Old Guard, on Netflix.