For the second season of Mozart in the Jungle, we created ten distinct opening title animations to accompany the ten distinct versions of the theme song, each a slightly different orchestral rendering of Phoenix’s “Lisztomania.”
The concept we initially pitched was rough. Each opening would be a new visual composition on a dusty gray background, evoking classical LP covers from the 1950s and 1960s. Simple typography, centered on the screen, surrounded by colorful geometric shapes of all kinds that would somehow move in time with the music.
Through a series of conversations with Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, executive producers on the show, we refined the idea. We would develop a palette of shapes, with each shape representing a different instrument, each shape having an animation behavior unique to itself. We wanted to get as close to a visual translation of the theme music as possible.