From the POV of ex-pats from Warren Jeff’s fundamentalist FLDS sect, this Netflix docuseries details Warren’s rise to power and systemic abuse of parishioners. Following this exploratory, Union created several shots and designed a title toolkit for the show. These exploratory frames and animations were conversation starters early in the design exploratory phase of production. Not all of these ideas survived the edit room and made it into the show.
Needing to communicate heavier content in the story, we pitched the idea of using illustration — allowing us to thoughtfully present sensitive material and convey emotions that would not otherwise be expressed in a traditional documentary archival format.
Inspired by the cheesiness of FLDS archival materials from this era, we explored some “low-fi” looks to present text and imagery.
These frames were part of a larger story demonstrating a religious belief about the impending end of Earth. Following the Apocalypse, families ascend into space and populate new worlds. Each FLDS family will populate a new world.
My biggest personal regret on this project was not seeing these sequences come to life–in this iteration or the next. We loved where these were headed.
As a revision to the previous concept, we explore a “stop-motion” take on the story.
These storyboard frames detail a story of Warren Jeffs assuming power by kicking out his competition–men who didn’t 100% agree with his ascension into prophethood. This whole sequence never got past the story-development phase, but I still loved where it was going and would have loved to see it through.
In this sequence, Warren gathers his (formerly his father’s) flock into an auditorium and asks 21 men to stand up, claiming divine instruction. Then he tells these men they are all kicked out of the church and community–that they must leave without saying goodbye to their families. He then asks the remaining members to raise their hands in agreement with his actions. One by one, people overcome their emotions and submit to his authority.