WORK: Taboo opening titles by Method Studios

If you have been enjoying the BBC series Taboo, in which Tom Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney terrifies early-19th century London as he plays the British Government, East India Company and the US off against one another, you will also have noticed its eerie title sequence.

The Taboo production team shot and created a rough cut of a fully underwater sequence referencing the show’s themes which Method Director Johnny Likens then worked on. Likens blended footage shot from different angles and in varying lighting conditions, composing shots and adding CG bubbles. 

Taboo was created by Steven Knight with Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, who is also the show’s consulting producer. Its executive producers are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe (for Scott Free); Tom Hardy and Dean Baker (for Hardy Son & Baker); and Steven Knight, with Timothy Bricknell producing. Kristoffer Nyholm directed episodes one to four, while Anders Engström shot episodes five to eight. As well as the BBC, the series is also airing on FX Networks.

Method Studios Credits
Executive Producer: Angela Lupo
Producer: Emily Schaeberle
Director: John Likens
Color: Rob Sciarratta, Company 3
Color Producer: Katie Andrews, Company 3