HBO Intro Behind The Scenes
Posted by Scott
Awesome behind the scenes segment on the making of the 1980’s HBO intro. Every time I get frustrated with work I’ll think of this and remember how lucky we as creatives are to have modern tools. Although compare this to the digitally generated DVNO video. +1 for analog, again. I don’t know what amazes me more, that they achieved these effects with such limited technology, or that HBO was willing to go to such expense for an intro sequence.
Oh, and the HBO Video logo for good measure…
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Brett says:October 26, 2010 at 5:58 am
Yea, saw this a while back & it is awesome. I have sooo many VHS Tapes with various HBO recordings, & a good 75% of them start out with this intro. Definitely epic and extravagant. I remember Cinemax having a semi-epic intro also, but it was about as cliche horrid 80’s design as it could possibly be. Hahaa, here it is:
Thanks for this though, brings me back to my childhood sitting on the couch watching recorded movies all day.
Michael says:October 26, 2010 at 6:12 am
Scott, if you like such built models, take a look at the following page:
The largest model railway in the world
And of course the reports on the ongoing project “we want to build a model airport” called Gerrit’s diary.
Raed Jibrail says:October 26, 2010 at 6:42 am
Can I just say WOW! That was really entertaining. Put a big smile on my face! Thanks for sharing that.
Juan Miguel Marin says:October 26, 2010 at 7:56 am
Amazing… talk about attention to detail. Inspiring to say the least.
NAVIS says:October 26, 2010 at 11:00 am
That was amazing but it also was my worst nightmare.
Bryce says:October 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm
The soundtrack is amazing. Such a good video.
gerwin says:October 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm
That was an inspiring and absolutely lovely film – it’s marvellous as how much detail went into it, while it just passes by in the blink of an eye. Altogether, it blends very well. Attention to detail makes it big.
I’m really digging the way they did the special effects by the way: as a cameraman, it’s nothing short of amazing to see how people came up with ways of doing SFX back then. Thanks for sharing this.
L says:October 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm
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Josh says:October 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm
Almost surprised that they didn’t use an NMR to calculate some visual molecular models for that latter video. And after all that lovely analog work in the first one too! Thanks for sharing Scott.
Dave says:October 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm
What else would you expect from a man named Tony Lover!
Regemite says:October 26, 2010 at 10:15 pm
Awesome! That brought back some child hood memories! I’ve always wondered how they did those fiber optic lighting effects.
theIsovist says:October 27, 2010 at 11:17 am
While we’re on awesome analog special effects, I get the feeling you’ll enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntc4l-poovo
looks like it’s done with little more than stop motion, a projector, and a whole lot of colored blocks
Sean Coleman says:October 30, 2010 at 5:52 am
Awesome! Brought back some warm childhood memories. Thanks for posting!
Stephen says:December 6, 2010 at 4:33 am
This takes me back to Teddy Rupskin, and Fraggle Rock.
Rex says:March 2, 2011 at 8:27 am
Great old school videos! It’s like I have time machine! lol Thanks for the post!