Revolution Intro: Behind the Scenes!

Andrew Kramer had the opportunity to work on the Intro and Title for a new Bad Robot show called Revolution by NBC. The show takes place 15 years after the power mysteriously goes out. The objective of the intro was to show the transformation of time passing in a stylistic time-lapse ways to help establish the world.  And although we were visualizing 15 years in only a few seconds, the reality is that we only had a few weeks to get it done! I thought I would highlight some challenging aspects of the project and share some insights with you.

The main title  was created in After Effects using Element 3D and some proprietary tools we are developing.  The majority of the work was manually animating masks to flicker each letter but also hinting at the word “EVOLUTION”. Since the title had a lot of glowing to it, I decided to use 32BPC to keep the glow intensities consistent and natural looking. There is also a bit of smoke from Action Essentials 2 behind the letters.

Using multiple copies of Element 3D, I placed growing plants all around this scene some even show ivy climbing the gas pumps.

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U.K.’s Sky1 Acquires ‘Revolution’

Sky1 in the U.K. has inked a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for the exclusive U.K. television rights to the rookie NBC drama series Revolution.

The deal was negotiated by Sarah Wright, BSkyB’s controller of acquisitions and Lucy Criddle, senior acquisitions manager, Sky Entertainment.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros. on this latest project from J.J. Abrams,” noted Wright in a statement. “Our customers have always had a strong connection with J.J. Abrams event series and we’re confident that Revolution will prove to be a monster hit with them following its record breaking debut in the US.”

Sky1 HD has a long tradition of airing U.S. series in the U.K. market and has recently done well with Arrow, which has become its most successful U.S. drama to date.

Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. International Television added in a statement that “Revolution is an amazing ratings success in the United States, so not surprisingly there has been enormous interest in bringing the series to U.K. audiences. This is a big-budget, compelling and exciting series perfectly matched for Sky1 HD.”

A Look at “Revolution’s” Return – Shooting in a Hospital

WILMINGTON, NC – If you watch “Revolution”, then you know there is some serious butt kicking girl power. Elizabeth Mitchell is used to playing strong women, especially after being part of the hit series “Lost” with creator JJ Abrams.

Michelle Boudin was able to hang out with the crew as they shot in this old Wilmington area hospital. The set was what the crew members call “revolutionized,” meaning dirtied up and made to look like a future world without power.

The scene we were able to scope out shows a build to a major revelation on “Revolution,” but we can’t give it away because the episode won’t air until next March.

‘Revolution’ Footnotes: The Open Eye

Go deeper into the Revolution mythology! Every week, we’ll add to the collection of letters, journal entries and postcards in a world where the written word is once again the only form of communication over long distances…

The Open Eye

by Kerry Weldon

revolution footnotes the open eye 260x300 Revolution Footnotes: The Open EyeI’ve never considered myself very rebellious. If you’d asked my wife before the blackout, she would have told you that marrying me was the safe and sensible choice. Yes, she really knew how to make a guy feel special. In college, I gravitated toward journalism because I was shy, always more comfortable hiding behind the written word rather than standing in the spotlight. As newspaper readership moved online and employment opportunities shrank, I refused to adjust to the times and abandon journalistic integrity for speed and sensation. Even in the terrifying days after the blackout, I was never a leader. I would wander from group to group, perfectly content to let others make the tough decisions. I kept my head down and did my best to simply survive. In fact, I only got my job at the Gazette because a compassionate editor took pity on a starving kid who knew a little about typography. We worked together for years, providing the locals with what little reliable information we could, and always staying on the right side of the Militia. Until now.

In the weeks leading up to the unveiling of Militia 1, the first operational steam train in nearly a decade, rumors of slave camps and military conquest ran rampant. And as these rumors slowly transformed
into terrifying fact, my editor and I agreed that we could no longer keep our heads in the sand. So we told the truth. Three days after publishing the article, I arrived to find our office in flames, printing press destroyed and my good friend and colleague, Sean Miller, murdered.

Now here I am. On the run. Taken in by sympathizers and huddling in a storm cellar, setting the type of this article by candlelight. Yes, I am afraid. But, for the first time, I’m free to tell the truth about the Monroe Militia. We are not living in a republic, but held hostage in a military dictatorship. We are at the mercy of a man who aspires to nothing but crushing freedom under his boot heel. Thankfully, there is hope. What started as a whisper of unrest is growing into a cry for revolution. The rebellion’s ranks grow daily. And with each new member, there are new stories of Militia defeats. The destruction of a conscription camp in Martins Ferry. The burning of Militia flags in broad daylight. There are even rumors of rebel activities in the capital city of Philadelphia. It might not yet be an army, but these are the first cracks in the dam of oppression.

Although we once lived in the Information Age, the true irony is that it took the blackout to give the written word meaning again. Words are both precious and powerful, and as long as there is air in my lungs, I will continue to print this newsletter and give a voice to those who will not tolerate cruelty. We will no longer live in fear.

What To Come: More Backstories on Miles, Nora, Grace, & Randall

Give me some Revolution scoop! It’s going to be a long four months! — Sarah

ADAM: Want to know more about Miles and Nora’s past? You got it! “It’s a little twist on their history. It’s not exactly what you think it would be,” Daniella Alonso tells us. Allow co-executive producer David Rambo to elaborate: “She and Miles blew stuff up. They would work for anybody: bounty hunters, militia, drug lords. …They were mercenaries — and they loved it.” The show will also peel back some layers on another duo. “We are going to learn a lot more about Randall and Grace,” Rambo teases. “Especially Randall, and the project that lead to the lights going out and Randall’s association with the Mathesons.”


What the heck happened after Miles handcuffed Rachel in that flashback?

Question: Revolution‘s fall finale was amazing, and the standoff between Billy Burke’s character and David Lyons was terrific. Of course, I would like to know what’s next. Keep up the good work and long live the Smurfs. —Ramon

Ausiello: When the show returns this spring, expect an answer the burning question, “What the heck happened after Miles handcuffed Rachel in that flashback?” “We would like to see more of what happened 10 minutes after she surrendered to him,” says co-exec producer David Rambo. “We’re definitely exploring that in the second half of the season.”