HBO Films
Shari Springer Berman
and Robert Pulcini


Main title design
Live-action direction

Cinema Verite
Main Title Sequence

Main opening title sequence for HBO Films’s Cinema Verite directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini starring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, and James Gandolfini.

“Dream a Little Dream of Me” performed by The Mamas and The Papas - what a lovely song to design a main title sequence to. For our pitch, we filmed reels of 35mm film running through a Steenbeck and then superimposed 8mm found footage onto the screens to convey the story of Bill and Pat Loud’s family in Santa Barbara. The act of viewing and splicing the film alluded to how the Loud family’s private lives were filmed and manipulated for the viewing public. 

Cinema Verite began with a confessional scene of Pat Loud (Diane Lane) so we had to come up with a way to transition smoothly from the actual footage to the main title sequence. We were able to do that by “pausing” on a frame of Pat and then pulling back to reveal an editor splicing the film on a Steenbeck. 

The sequence ends on a Steenbeck screen with footage of beautiful Santa Barbara coastline as the camera dollies in to seamlessly bring us out of the title sequence and back into the film. (Fun fact: we found out that the woman who played the editor in Cinema Verite lived in LA. We contacted her and asked if she could be in the title sequence. She was happy to oblige.)