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  • Director
    Frank Ketelaar, Dana Nechustan, Arno Dierickx
  • Release
    2011
  • Producer
    VARA
    Robert Kievit
  • Compositing & animation
    Dennis Kleyn, NVX
  • Graphic design & typography
    Donald Roos
  • VFX producer
    Violette Kleyn
  • Release
    september 2011, The Netherlands
  • Running time leader
    35" (series: 12 x 50 minutes)
  • Editor series
    Sandor Soeteman, NCE
  • Facility
    Filmmore
  • Grading
    Wouter Suyderhout
  • Music leader
    Smokey Robinson - The Tracks Of My Tears

Betrayal (‘Overspel’) is a twelve-part psychological thriller on the Dutch television network VARA. Planet X Title Design created the styling of the series: the leader, the logo, the titles and related materials such as the DVD packaging and the DVD menu.

The concept for the styling of Betrayal originated from the series content and is oriented upon the connections and relationships between the characters.

After the basis for this structure was established together with director Frank Ketelaar and producer Robert Kievit, various animation tests were done to determine the timing and the momentum of the leader. The placement of visual elements, such as a ring being removed from a finger and hands holding each other but switching to different people, was painstakingly created in relation to the lines and titles.

The background for the leader is a recurring visual element with ‘blooming’ lights suggesting a city. The city is an important and conspicuous decor. This element of the style was therefore made to recur in other styling aspects.

Leader design process

Donald during a late night brainstorm session.

Typography and animation

A small graphic test to investigate the connections with the titles and braces. Certain linkages come together and break up again, but the brace is never used as such in the final leader. Instead braces grow into new lines or they break up existing connections.