Netflix – ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ – Title Sequence

Brief We partnered with famed director Guillermo del Toro and his team to create the title sequence for Netflix’s latest…
Netflix "‘Cabinet of Curiosities’"
Case Study


We partnered with famed director Guillermo del Toro and his team to create the title sequence for Netflix’s latest anthology horror series, ‘Cabinet of Curiosities.’


We embraced the metaphor of a physical cabinet in how it relates to an anthology of stories. We envisioned a disorienting, psychedelic journey that would prime the viewer for the sinister tone of each episode.


The sequence fuses elements of surrealism and takes the viewer on a ride that is full of easter eggs from the stories. We loaded the opening sequence with details that beg repeated viewing, giving those with an eye for detail a reward for paying close attention.

Storyboards to Final Animation

Guillermo del Toro and his team were a blast to collaborate with. Guillermo was observant, insightful, and generous throughout the process. Upon first hearing the concept, he very quickly saw how to refract and refine it into the schematic for what became our final sequence. We were always motivated to push each moment as far as we could.

-Chet Hirsch, Director

Automaton Development

The Mill Design Studio storyboarded out the full sequence and suggested specific curiosities to be featured based on scripts provided. These objects became the characters of the title sequence, hinting at moments contained in the series. From there, ideas were shared back and forth such as the automaton above, designed by Guy Davis, a frequent GDT creature design collaborator.

I love being able to pause at any moment and see the level of detail and care that the team put into every single frame. This project was a beautiful alignment between the twisted members of the Mill Design Studio and Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale and their team, who were dream collaborators throughout.

-Mike Schaeffer, Creative Director

The process of creating our main title for ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ was a joy. Chet, Mike, and the entire team at The Mill came to us with a very strong first pitch, and we just kept building the vision together from there. Using strong imagery inspired by our episodes, they were able to capture the tone of the series and create a mood that sets our audience up perfectly for what they’re about to experience.

-J. Miles Dale, Producer



Client: Netflix
Executive Creative Producer: Guillermo del Toro
Executive Producer: J. Miles Dale
Post Producer: Julie Lawrence
Production: The Mill
Director: Chet Hirsch

Creative Director: Mike Schaeffer
Senior Producer: Tanya Ferguson
Associate Producer: Claire Stiefel

VFX: The Mill

Creative Director: Chet Hirsch
Art Director: David Rowley
Concept Designer: Chet Hirsch
Designers: Akshay Tiwari, Chris Szeto, Michelle Mayer
Lead Animator: David Rowley
Modelers: Akshay Tiwari, Rakesh Maruthi Pujari, Sandeep Kumar Yadav

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