Black Sails

Emmy-nominated main title for Starz
It’s 1715 and the golden age of piracy… a world where rebel pirates and the promise of the New World clash with the imperial forces of European civilization. Nothing less than a full-on art history mash-up of Baroque motifs, Gothic architecture and Rococo style could express this strange society, where outcasts and aristocrats alike vie for power.

what we did

A sculptural aesthetic traditionally reserved for saints and kings was used to depict a maverick society that is ultimately doomed. We were particularly inspired by the sculptural art of Kris Kuski, the photography of Pablo Genoves, and the intricate etchings of the time, like those from Ernst Haeckel’s ‘Art Forms of Nature Changing.’



  • creative directors: michelle dougherty & karin fong
  • lead producer: brian butcher
  • art director: alan williams
  • concept illustrations: alejandro lee, vincent lucido, bernard custodio
  • lead modeler: meats meier
  • modelers: jamin joseph-lackie, margaret dost, odel palmer, aamir karim, justin fields
  • editors: caleb woods, gladys bernadac
  • assistant editor: michael radtke
  • camera & previs: kevin ferrara
  • lead lighting & texturing: joseph langmuir
  • cg lighting & texturings: kevin ferrara, steven hensley, greg ruane, michael colarik
  • lead flame: rod basham
  • flame artist: eric mason
  • assistant flame: michael radtke
  • design interns: hunter thompson, lisa chen
  • coordinator: joseph abou-sakher
  • producers: keith bryant, jon hassell
  • head of production: claudina mercado
  • executive producer: ben apley
  • inspired by: kris kuksi