A blend of the past and present the Narcos main title combines archival photos and footage shot on location in Colombia and Los Angeles. Authentic photography and video coming from the vaults of Pablo Escobar's personal photographer "El Chino" the piece was extensively researched and developed.

A saturated color palette reflects the exorbitance of the drug cartel and the natural beauty of Colombia. The sequence provides a unique take to the  bloody and violent period in the history of the Drug War and The USAs relationship with its southern counterparts.

Narcos is the true story of U.S. and Colombian efforts in the 1980s to battle the infamous Pablo Escobar and the Medellin drug cartel, one of the richest, most ruthless criminal organizations in the history of modern crime.

Role - Production, Design & Art Direction

Hear more about the making of the sequence in my feature on the Early Call Time Podcast. 



A lot of time was spent in designing original ephemera reminiscent to the time of Pablo's reign. The development ranged from airline safety-cards, maps to typography. Elements were scanned, drawn, drafted, faked, printed & re-scanned and even burnt. Below are some of them.


Main Titles Design: Digital Kitchen Los Angeles / DK Studios
Client: Gaumont International / Netflix
Creative Director: Tom O’Neill
Production & Design: Harshit Desai
Lead Animator/Compositor: David Badounts
CG/Design Lead: Joshua Smith
Editor: Nik Kleverov
Producer: Paul Makowski
Live Action Producer: Chad Stanley
Executive Producer: Cynthia Biamon
Executive Producer: Erica Coates