The Last Of Us title sequence has been featured by Art of the Title, the leading online resource of title sequence design, spanning the film, television, conference, and videogame industries. It includes a fascinating discussion with Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann, Title Sequence Director/DP Kevin Joelson, and Title Design Director Henry Hobson. The majority of the shots have been achieved in camera using macro photography to film sponges, ink and compressed air in slow motion.
Read on to see The Last Of Us title sequence and stills.
Bridging the 20 year gap between a gut-wrenching prologue and the brutal post-pandemic journey that follows, the title sequence for Naughty Dog’s video game The Last of Us paints a picture of a decaying and ruined United States. News reports broadcast the plague’s progress as tendrils of fungus cut through an eerie blackness to the tune of Gustavo Santaolalla’s poignant score. The brisk sequence encapsulates two decades’ worth of misery and terror in a world where infection means a fate worse than death. It functions as both a respite for the traumatized player and as exposition designed to fill in the blanks, setting the tone for the gruesome adventure ahead. Mould grows, spores disperse, anarchy reigns, and society as we know it collapses entirely. You are a survivor… but what good is survivin’ without something to live for?
The Last Of Us — Title Sequence