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.

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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.


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.


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.