In his spare time, using pages ripped from his own comic books, commercial director Daniel Kanemoto put together a credit sequence for AMC's zombie drama that made Damon Lindelof take notice.
Taking a break from his day job—which involves cutting together ads for clients like USA Network, Animal Planet and Nickelodeon—Kanemoto raided his Walking Dead comic collection, cut up the artwork (by Charlie Adlard and Tony Moore) and worked some Photoshop magic. The result is an evocative, 51-second chunk of awesome that got the Lost producer to tweet his respect.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen, Kanemoto reveals the method to his inspired madness:
"The concept behind my approach was to take the stark, black-and-white artwork from the comic and add even more depth using an animated camera that would sweep in-and-out of some of the early moments in the series. The tank scene was something I really wanted to highlight, since it played such a prominent role in the teaser trailer (and it looks exactly like what I imagined it would look like, thanks to Frank Darabont and his talented cast and crew). For timing, I selected a song by the Eels called 'Fresh Blood' and my talented editor, Jeff Yorkes, cut it down to size. All the animation was executed in AfterEffects, in high-def, which made my poor computer have a heart attack."
We don't know what the real Walking Dead opening credits look like, but suddenly they've got a lot to live up to.