Shameless Title Sequence by Sarofsky

Sarofsky Corp.’s title sequence for the Showtime series Shameless is inspired by the unapologetic tone of the show and offers an irreverent portrait of the show’s Gallagher family, whose private moments are exposed in the most unexpected place: the bathroom.

In Shameless, Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, spirited and independent kids, who without him would be … perhaps better off. William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this Showtime original series.

Erin Sarofsky, who directed the Shameless main title sequence, worked with the series creatives and cast to produce an authentic, completely original introduction to the show. The action was scripted as an intricate dance of illicit and personal behavior that was brought to life on set by the charismatic cast.

“It was rewarding to work with everyone at John Wells Productions and Showtime, as well as the amazing cast from Shameless,” says Erin Sarofsky. “Our concept focused squarely on the actions and personalities within the family. While on set, we wanted to capture everything from our complex choreography to the quirky and serendipitous tendencies innate to the characters. The actors took our direction to a new and exciting level, infusing each moment with both exceptional subtlety and electricity.”

Shooting with a RED ONE camera, Sarofsky chose to compose the scene at a lower perspective, which mostly obscures the actors’ faces and turns the viewer into a voyeur. The result is captivating and pleasingly uncomfortable.

“The Luck You Got,” by indie rock band The High Strung, is the music track.

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