Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story | Netflix | Technicolor LA
At Technicolor, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a compact team led by Art Director Levi Ahmu in creating the main title sequence for the Netflix documentary, "Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story." Working alongside Levi Ahmu and Ed Fanning, we faced the challenge of producing a compelling title sequence that immersed viewers into Cyntoia's world of incarceration for 15 years, all within a tight timeframe.
Our design approach relied heavily on a limited collection of source photographs, so it was crucial for us to maximize the impact of each image used. To achieve this, I employed a camera projection technique that enabled us to project 2D photos onto 3D models, allowing the camera to rotate around Cyntoia and create a captivating frozen-time effect. Ultimately, the title sequence was well-received, and our entire team was pleased with the outcome.
"Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story" is a 2020 Netflix documentary that tells the story of Cyntoia Brown Long, a woman who was convicted of murder and robbery in 2004, when she was just 16 years old. The film was directed by Daniel H. Birman.
The film explores the complexities of Cyntoia's case, in which she claimed she was acting in self-defense when she shot and killed Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old man who had picked her up for sex while she was being sex-trafficked. Despite her age and the circumstances surrounding the case, Cyntoia was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.