Heckler brings Brabham documentary to life with high octane opening titles

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Design, animation and visual effects house Heckler has released the opening titles to ‘Brabham’, a feature length biopic of legendary Australian Formula 1 champion, Sir Jack Brabham.


Produced by Aurora Films in association with Heckler, Brabham tells the story of the three-time Formula 1 world champion who won a total of 14 Grand Prix and was the first world champion to drive a rear-engined car.

‘Black Eyed Bruiser’ by Australian singer Stevie Wright provides the high octane soundtrack to the opening title sequence, which tells a story of how fire destroyed the original Brabham racing car, to its rebirth by son David Brabham who revived the Brabham Racing team in 2014.

Created entirely using 3D design, the title sequence uses archival footage from the documentary, which is reflected into the car’s mirrors and on trophies, in addition to featuring the iconic black and white checkered flag and traditional motor racing wreath.

As well at the opening titles, Heckler, whose co-founder Will Alexander served as executive producer for the film, also delivered 130 VFX sequences and six minutes of traditional 2D animation for the documentary.

Says Adrien Girault, Heckler’s art director for Brabham: “We were given a lot of freedom to create this opening sequence, so we drew heavily on the great footage from the documentary to build anticipation and excitement about what is to come. Modelled and animated in 3D and with the powerful track from Stevie Wright accompanying it, we’ve captured the highs and lows of this iconic Australian’s stellar career.”

Brabham includes interviews with fellow world champion’s Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees, Grand Prix winner Sir Stirling Moss, former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who owned the Brabham team from 1971- 1988 and Ron Tauranac, who co-founded the team with Brabham and designed many of the cars before selling it to Ecclestone. Fellow Australian racing star and Mark Webber also features.

Brabham had its premier at the Brisbane International Film Festival on Sunday.

Executive Producer: Will Alexander
Head of VFX: Jamie Watson
Producer: Catherine Terracini
Director of Opening Titles Sequence: Shaun Leong-Williams
Lead Motion Designer: Adrien Girault
Director of Animation: Fred Venet
Senior Compositor: Bertrand Polivka
Junior Animator: Karen Pan
Animation Intern: Nancy Li
Animation Intern: Alex Fairhurst

Heckler brings Brabham documentary to life with high octane opening titles