We were first approached to make the titles for Blade Runner 2049 with an open ended approach. As I started thinking, I decided to go with a more organic concept. The creation of the body and the data interwoven in Blade Runner 2049's themes drew to play with some microshot frames. In the concept phase, a tree of memories and the creation of a brain came into play. The sequence turned into the idea of a body being created and how a brain is created in the fluid and then move into a digital version of it appear in the next frame.
Blade Runner 2049 Title Sequence
I found the "look" for the organic shots when I started to play around with some old shots that I took of different fluids. The fluid shots were shot with a DSLR camera and materials such as milk, dyes, soap, and oils to experiment with creating different fluid shots. I overlayed data afterwards to tie together the themes of data and organic. The thumbprint shots were created with my thumbprint; I pained my thumbs in black , rolled it on the paper and then scanned them. These were adjusted in Cinema 4D to add more data overlays.
The final pitch for my organic/data shots did not make it into the film and the studio ended up going with the glitchy logo title sequence.