For our prologue sequence, the camera slowly pans across Richard Croft’s dimly lit desk, lingering in close-up on disturbing Japanese folk-lore inspired maps, illustrations and ancient books. Richard’s voiceover explains the mythic backstory of the ancient Japanese Queen Himiko and also the importance of his mission to prevent her dark power from falling into the wrong hands. This sets up the reason for his absence and his presumed death at the beginning of the film. The challenge was to create something supernatural and scary, but also plausible. The prologue was shot live action with an anamorphic lens to match the cinematic look of the film's principal photography.
Contrasting the dark, narrative driven tone of the prologue, our Main on End title sequence takes inspiration from the artifacts, traps, magic, weapons and puzzles of the Tomb Raider universe, weaving those elements into a sequence that excites with sweeping camera moves, changing perspectives, and 3D elements that rush toward the viewer.