Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Main Title Design Sequence for HBO Films
Director Mick Jackson said, “I can honestly say that, for me, working with Shine was creative collaboration at its very best. Every new thought or note seemed to evince, not just a hugely stimulating dialogue, but actually seemed to inspire them to even greater heights of invention. The work Shine did on “Temple Grandin” – especially those magnificent titles – is just extraordinary. Truly groundbreaking. What a true joy to work with Shine. Can’t wait for the next opportunity!”
The sequence was bookended with images of Temple Grandin in an Ames room, which she famously built as a high school student.
Staring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O’Hara and David Strathairn Temple Grandin paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple’s early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years;
the enduring support she received from her mother (Ormond), aunt (O’Hara) and her science teacher (Strathairn); and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.Undaunted by education, social and professional roadblocks, Grandin turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education.
This visually inventive film offers insights into Grandin’s world, taking the audience inside her mind with a series of snapshot images that trace her self-perceptions and journey from childhood through young adulthood to the beginning of her career, and beyond.
The illustration and animation was inspired by the drawings of Temple Grandin.
Mary Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the “hug box”, a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. The subject of the award-winning 2010 biographical film, Temple Grandin, she also was listed in the Time 100 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.
Here is an original drafting drawing by Temple Grandin, used as inspiration for the title sequence. Below are storyboard frames presented to the filmmakers.
Shine received its fifth Primetime Emmy Nomination of the main title sequence for HBO Films’ “Temple Grandin”. Many thanks to Mick Jackson, Len Amato, Tara Grace, Leo Trombetta, and everyone at HBO for inviting Shine to be part of their amazing and meaningful film.
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