DK Cooks Up High-Intensity Titles For “Explorer” Relaunch

To support the relaunch of National Geographic’s award-winning and beloved “Explorer” documentary series, DK Studios reimagined the show’s main title to pay homage to the program’s heritage while delivering a higher-intensity, urgent tone reflecting the show’s subject matter.

dk_nat_geo_explorer_01“Explorer” aired for 25 years—the longest-running documentary series in cable TV history— before being relaunched in 2015 on the Nat Geo channel, after a five-year hiatus. The new main title first aired on the February 14 episode.

dk_nat_geo_explorer_02 dk_nat_geo_explorer_03DK Studios’ main title sequence was designed to present the “Explorer” series’ wide array of provocative subjects, brought together through a visual motif inspired by modern journalism— juxtaposing the digital nature of film-making with the harsh realities of storytelling “from the edges.”

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dk_nat_geo_explorer_05The DK Studios team began the project with an archive of “Explorer” footage, both recent and historical. Using that resource and an array of highly graphic, fast-paced transitions, they wove together varied “Explorer” adventures and show themes. The result is an intense, gritty journey that aims to capture a National Geographic explorer’s epic journey.

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Creative Credits

Project: "Explorer" Main Title Design
Client: National Geographic
Production Company: Digital Studios
Executive Creative Director: Came Rowland
Head of Production: Blake Nickle
Creative Director: Ryan Summers
Senior Editor: Mike Radtke
Lead Designer: Cody Tilson
Lead Animator: Patrick Coleman
Animator: Jason Esser
Designer: Yairon Martinez
Score: Wes Slover



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