The Making of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO's Nightmarish Title Sequence
Published: January 8, 2012 - 8:21am
Here are a ton of details regarding the film's high octane title sequence, which featured beautiful yet bizarre visuals synced to Trent Reznor's 'Immigrant Song' track and made more than a few movie goers feel slightly uncomfortable.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle (Christopher Plummer) continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate.
He is aided by the pierced and tattooed computer prodigy Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
Visual effects company Blur's co-creator and Dragon Tattoo title sequence creative director Tim Miller shared a few thoughts on the conceptualization and development of the much talked about scene:
"[The title sequence] was always supposed to be a very abstract version of key moments in the book and about Lisbeth. It was really supposed to be her nightmare sequence. Being a hacker is such a big part of her personality and who she was, we needed some imagery for that but it's kind of hard to represent that abstractly. So the ones we came up with were the keyboard elements.
"Everything was supposed to be a fever dream of Salander's. David wanted this to be her personal nightmare, flashbacking through all these moments. Early on, we knew it was supposed to feel like a nightmare. "
He also detailed some of the Easter Egg references that fans of the novel series would recognize, but movie goers new to the Dragon Tattoo mythology may have missed:
"The vignettes are not just from this movie, they're from all three books. We wanted to tell the story of all three books in these 2 and a half minutes.
"There's a woman who is being beaten and her face is shattered. That's supposed to represent Lisbeth's mother being beaten by her father, which you only find out about in the second book... If you haven't read the book, you may not know that the wasp digging itself out of the eye is the tattoo on her neck. By the way we designed the Phoenix tattoo and the Dragon Tattoo, that were tattooed on her David asked us to do that early on. So there's the Phoenix tattoo, which is the Phoenix in the piece. And then the Dragon obviously, that we used in a couple of places."
Here is the sequence in full; for many more details about how it was constructed visit io9 via the link below:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo stars Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer, Joel Kinnaman, Goran Visnjic and Yorick van Wageningen and is now playing in theaters.