They won an Emmy for this!
"We created it in AE and C4D, with photoshop and illustrator for design. Simpler scenes were constructed entirely in After Effects while in more complex shots we created paper animations and camera moves in Cinema4D and then finished in AE. It is such a minimalist aesthetic that there weren't too many tricks required. The buildings and wider city were created in C4D and rendered with their Sketch and Toon renderer to achieve the hand drawn look. By far the most technically complex portion was the final shot, with the crowd of people flocking inward towards the title. It was created entirely in AE using footage we shot. Given the size of the crowd required, I wrote some expressions to randomly populate the majority of the people and hand placed the rest. Zorro - The Layer Tagger was very useful when working with the hundreds of layers required. ft-Toolbar is also a big part of my AE workflow. It is probably the one script I couldn't live without."
Directors Dan Gregoras and Jeremy Cox explore the careful art of bomb-making and social planning in this main title sequence for WGN’s Manhattan. Set in Los Alamos in 1943, Manhattan chronicles the lives and families of the scientists building the world’s deadliest weapon, and exposes a world full of secrets and consequences.
Designed & Produced by: Imaginary Forces (IF)
IF Creative Director: Dan Gregoras
IF Art Director: Jeremy Cox
IF Executive Producer: Gabriel Marquez
IF Producer: Jon Hassell
IF Designer: Griffin Frazen
IF Animator: Sekani Solomon
IF Cel Animator: Peter Ahern
IF Editor: Karl Amdal
IF Additional Design: Audrey Davis, Tim Haldeen