Echo Lake Productions
John Carpenter


Main title design
Still photography

John Carpenter’s The Ward

For this title sequence we had the challenge of depicting a visual history of the often horrifying treatment of the mentally ill. To add to the sense of unease and misery, disturbing images were embedded into shards of glass, breaking apart in close-up slow-motion.

Gareth grew up watching and loving horror movies. So when we received the opportunity to pitch to one of his childhood heroes, John Carpenter, we were thrilled.

Along with researching historical woodcuts, engravings, and photos of torture from the past, we produced our own photos of people being “treated” in the 1950s and ‘60s. We scoured thrift stores for costumes and rented period props to stage our own chilling environments. Gareth even makes a brief appearance in the sequence as a patient cuffed to a bed, or rather, you’ll see a close-up of his hand. Our frequent collaborator Terence Heuston shot the photos and talented CG artists Ari Sachter-Zeltzer and David Glicksman meticulously brought the shattering glass to life.