The Vatican Tapes

The Vatican Tapes was a film job for us like no other we have done to date. The project involved creating an opening prologue edit, various GFX/VFX shots and a Main On End sequence as well. This was an opportunity to create a solid package for a film from start to finish. A project we have been dreaming of since we started in this industry.


Main On End Credit Sequence

To create the MOE we focussed on a series of biblical texts that highlight the sub-plot of the film. Following this lead, we created a strong, type-based environment to reinforce the story. Adapting imagery within this area was achieved by using the abstract nature of letters to window scenes and iconography.


The Opening Prologue

The opening prologue of the film. As parts of the film's story was in review, we needed to create ideas and solutions that were modular and adaptable to the minor pushes and pulls that were taking place as the film was refining its conception. 

A large part of the prologues identity was based off the unique glitches, scratches and signatures in film throughout the century. To recreate a lot of these elements, we fed scenes through old 80's video players and security cameras so we could interfere with the transmissions, causing authentic glitches on screen.



Styleframes | Opening Prologue

The following slideshow is a collection of style frames and references we gathered and created to help sell our approach. Various images were pulled from the internet to help convey our ideas.

As the film was still in its conception, many hours are spent on collecting provocative and iconic imagery that would help stir intrigue in the viewer's imagination. 

References included Austrian Artist Hermann Nitsch, Russian Artist Petr Pavlensky and the various unique film signatures such as light leaks, digital artifacting, video static, etc.


Style Frames | Main On End

This slideshow is of the style frames created to convey our approach for the Main On End credit sequence.

It was at this point that the film was mostly shot and in post production. As the initial brief included a trailer, we approached the MOE in a way that consisted of 2 main components or environments. One being to re-use scenes from the film, treated up with VFX to suit the style, and the other was a type based environment. This was decided to we could easily create type plates and re-use scenes for the trailer. This was ultimately decided in an effort to keep costs down.


Style Frames | VT Logo Designs

The following images are of a few of the logo designs we created throughout the development stage.