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Opening Title Sequence

Long Story Short – Opening Titles



Title sequence logline :A cat and mouse chase where time is the antagonist. Centered on our protagonist – Teddy. We follow him slipping from one scenario to the next as the hands of time bear down upon him.


Babekühl was approached to work alongside writer/ director Josh Lawson and the team at See pictures to craft an animated opening title sequence for the film ‘Long story short’.

By using a combination of animation, illustration and simple graphical motifs, we lead the viewer through a loose, fragmented introduction to the narrative unfolding in the movie – the story of a man coming to terms with times’ unstoppable nature.

Inspired by the works of Saul Bass, we show the titles in a playful tone with clues from the movie where viewers can subtly interpret and digest. Playing on the graphic symbolism of a clock: it’s hands, numbers and circular shape contrasting the silhouette of Teddy and Leanne.

Colour-wise we have referenced the films costumes and a warmer seasonal palette during which the narrative takes place.


Written & directed by Josh Lawson. Produced by See Pictures

Commissioned by Heckler

Starring: Rafe Spall, Zahra Newman, Ronny Chieng, Noni Hazlehurst