Imaginary Forces (IF) Designed "Our Children's Children's War," For Koppel
Entertainment and design company Imaginary Forces (IF) recently designed the main titles for "Our Children's Children's War," the latest documentary in the KOPPEL ON DISCOVERY series. In this special report, Ted Koppel explores the challenges of the prolonged struggle against terrorism and how America's military is trying to adapt.
Imaginary Forces, led by Director Karin Fong, created live-action main titles featuring the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. This elite drill team performs in complete silence to execute both standard close-order drill movements and more elaborate, performance-oriented rifle work. The film becomes progressively slower and drained of color to symbolize the uncertainty of the "long war," punctuated by sound bytes from President Bush, top politicians and news journalists such as Katie Couric.
Prior to the shoot, the design team studied rehearsal footage of the Marines to determine which formations and performances would be most effective. Fong went on-location to collaborate with and film the platoon at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.
"Conceptually, we wanted to show a traditional icon of warfare, but transform it to represent a new era," explains Fong. "As the footage slows down, it becomes blurred, textural and more abstract, a metaphor for how unclear modern warfare has become. There is no clarity or definite end in sight."
To further bolster this concept, the IF team also manipulated the sounds by altering their speed and adding reverberation.
Fong says the Marines were the ultimate performers -- precise, professional and accommodating. "It was a privilege to be in their barracks and film them. They are so disciplined and synchronized in their formations; the result was visually stunning. Their sergeants and captains were so helpful and fun to work with. And I appreciate the Koppel team's commitment to this metaphorical concept. The voices enrich and complement the footage, which makes for a more powerful statement."