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Published on Nov 28, 2006
Pre-CGI motion graphics, designed by Harry Marks. Accomplished with slitscan camera.
Music: "Nikki", by Burt Bacharach Voice over: Dick ("Danger, Will Robinson!") Tufeld
"The info I can give you on Movie of the Week is from my perspective at ABC. I was head of On-Air Advertising (promo) at the time and Barry Diller had this idea for made-for-television movies, He named it "Movie of the Week" and created a new television format. He asked me to come up with a special title treatment for this new concept, and I enlisted someone I'd recently met, Doug Trumbull, whose last job was '2001, A Space Oddysey'.
"Doug had come to the office looking for work after working on 2001 for several years in England. I hadn't seen the movie, but he had the out-takes of the "Stargate" sequence with him. When I saw them I knew there had to be a way to transform Doug's brilliant abstractions into something that used typography. It worked and set the path for television graphics that followed."
"The slitscan camera was basically an animation stand on steroids. The camera was mounted on a track which moved toward a large slit, behind which back-lit artwork passed, for each exposure. The moving camera caused the artwork to "scan" in the third dimension. This was not computer graphics, but a camera trick."