HBO’s Succession tells the story of a powerful international media mogul and the dysfunctional family politics around his impending retirement. Mirroring the themes of the series, this title sequence shows the emotional isolation of the father from his children amid a world of wealth and power.
Rather than constructing an elaborate metaphor, Picturemill literally created a past holiday event for the family, filmed with authentic 8mm cameras, to highlight the cross-generational story. To further heighten the separation from past and present, the high-resolution, widescreen modern footage is juxtaposed with the 8mm vintage pillar boxed 4×3 film.
Though separated by decades, the past and present are shown to be nearly identical for this powerful family, with time deepening wounds instead of healing them.