Mavis Staples Title Sequence by Trollbäck + Company
As disciples of soul, we loved creating the opening titles for Film First’s documentary, “Mavis!” celebrating iconic gospel singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples. Still doing her thing at 75, Mavis is truly a living legend whose enduring stage presence is celebrated in Jessica Edwards’ film that premiered at the SXSW festival in Austin earlier this year.
Inspired by iconography of 1970s album covers and a unique logomark by the studio Small Stuff, our title design is built around archive photography and presented chronologically: from the early years of the Staple Singers, into the Stax Record era, and beyond. We also collaborated on a series of motion graphics sequences throughout the film, enhancing already electrifying stories of music and activism from the likes of Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and Chuck D, with retro visuals capturing the spirit of an era and a movement.