We got called in by the good folks over at Turn Left Productions to design & animate the opening title sequence for the UFC documentary: BJ Penn: Mana

The doc follows former UFC champion and Hawaiian native, BJ Penn as he prepares for his next fight after a lengthy time out of the octagon. “Mana”, in Polynesian Culture, is a spiritual quality considered to have supernatural origin, a sacred impersonal force existing in the universe. A force that BJ believes in and lives by. With the title design & animation we looked to balance both the spiritual & often brutal sides of BJ Penn. We landed on a concept of blood spatter blossoming into hibiscus flowers (the Hawaiian state flower) to represent this spiritual energy that BJ derives from the world of MMA.

Documentary Produced, Directed & Edited by: Todd Crites & Jackson Nguyen (Turn Left Productions)

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