Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki:
Title Sequence

Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is a novel in which the protagonist, Tsukuru Tazaki, experiences a tumultuous emotional period which proceeds his once tight-knit group of high school friends abruptly cutting all contact with him. His four other friends were all named after colours – red, blue, black and white, while Tsukuru was not – hence he is the ‘colourless’ member of the group.

This title sequence aims to represent the core themes of the novel by utilising simple graphic elements in combination with dynamic compositions that explore the relationship between unity and isolation. Graphic language is restrained to a series of dots and lines with a restrictive colour palette, allowing the main focus of the sequence to be on the fluidity of movement and the composition of each scene.

The title of the novel is in reference to a piano piece featured in the novel by 19th century Hungarian composer, Franz Lizst, titled Years of Pilgrimage. The sequence uses a 35 second cut from the orginal set of three suites. 

Choosing the music was the first thing I did as it allowed me to storyboard the sequence appropriately, allowing the piece to be a response to not only the themes of the novel, but the audio as well. The relationship between the audio and visuals is integral in capturing the focus of the viewer, allowing for a fluid and dynamic sequence of events. This is also enhanced by the rolling arpeggios and complexity of the piece, which gave me a wide array of aural cues to experiment with through storyboarding.