Dock10 explains its work on the graphics and title sequence to ITV’s Coronation Street archives series

MediaCityUK, Salford-based Dock10’s VFX team was commissioned by ITV to design and create titles and timeline graphics for its 8 x 30-minute series of Coronation Street archive specials.

The brief from the production team was to incorporate iconic imagery from the highlights of the last 60 years of the nation’s favourite soap to emphasise the stories they were telling in each episode. 

Dock10 VFX supervisor Jim Solan worked closely with the production team to design and create all the assets for the series.

The titles and programme graphics were designed to reflect the heritage of Britain’s longest running TV soap, with a vintage look being agreed on during the design phase.

The titles were created bespoke to the theme of each episode and designed to create a sketched/painted style collage of the key characters on parchment.

Similarly, the timelines were designed with the vintage style creating the look of old photographs arranged on parchment with ink sketches of key moments and characters from the history of Coronation Street.

Material was provided to Solan and his team from the extensive Coronation Street archive drawn from over 10,000 episodes spanning six decades.

Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, all work was done for this project remotely.

Initial discussions were had between Solan and the production team over Zoom, and shots were shared for review and approval via Mediasilo.

In addition to the title and graphics design and creation, Dock10 was responsible for providing the full end-to-end post-production for the series.

The series begins on Monday 6 July 8.30pm on ITV.