Recreating the Breaking Bad intro
Who’s seen Breaking Bad? 🙋♂️ I love the show and decided to try recreating their intro 👨🔬
How I recreated this intro
After Effects was used for all the editing and compositing. I also used Illustrator to clean up my periodic table graphic.
Starting with the opening text animations, I used a 3D camera to try and match the animation style of the original intro. I could have animated the scale and positioning of each piece of text to get the same effect but, using a 3D camera was a little quicker and easier.
Using Illustrator, I removed all the unnecessary text and background from the periodic table I found online. I animated the size (scale) of the table inside After Effects using keyframes.
My background was compiled of lots of different bits of stock footage including smoke, fire/sparks, and ink. The most important technique used here was, blending. Using Blend Modes you can build complex-looking backgrounds and textures, giving your compositions and videos depth.
I changed the stock footage colours to match the colour scheme of Breaking Bad. Unfortunately, I chose the ending ink transition colour without thinking properly and a lot of people thought it looked like something else.. 💨