Congratulations to our friends at SHINE, who garnered two awards at this year’s SXSW Film Festival – the Audience Award and a Special Jury Recognition, both for Title Design. Shine designed, animated and produced the main + end title sequences and the “grievance” graphics for DC + Warner Bros. release Birds of Prey & the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Here’s Shine Creative Director Michael Riley accepting their awards at the SXSW virtual ceremony
For the title sequence, Shine created unique, hand drawn illustrations of the wild sets for a dynamic, animated reprise of the film’s climatic ending. For the grievances, hand drawn, character based graphics were created and animated as expressions for the villains. Each character is represented by a graphic image that represents their strength.
For Harley, her icon was the sledgehammer. For Huntress, it was the crossbow – as she was known by Gotham as “The Crossbow Killer. Canary used a canary, or a “songbird” as her strength was her voice. Montoya, the cop, was represented by the badge. Cass had the stuffed beaver from Harley’s apartment. And Roman Sionis was placed in front of the red stage in his nightclub.
It’s open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women — Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya.
Below are some of the graphics that describe the grievances that some of the villains in Gotham City have against Harley Quinn. The grievance graphics are spontaneously drawn in a colorful scrawly way, maybe in the style Harley would draw them!