Opening titles for series 16 of Dragons Den. The concept was that the ‘Dragons’ are giants in a colosseum, and the contestant is a tiny person entering into the arena to pitch their idea – a bit of a David and Goliath scenario!

How it was made:

After putting together a shot list and animatic, we headed to Manchester to film the dragons against a green screen. These were then composited in with the 3D arena and CGI dragons which were animated in Cinema4D and rendered out in Octane – also using the TurbulenceFD plugin for the final flaming reveal. Here’s a little behind the scenes video the BBC made while we were shooting!:

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Credits:

Direction: Hugo Moss
Design and Animation: Ben Hanbury
DOP: Charley Meyer
Created by Huge Designs for the BBC

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