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During the time that we were brainstorming ideas internally for DIY Movie Making month, a link to this video gem got circulated. It brought back so many memories of the beginnings of HBO and this amazing opening sequence. I’ve always had a special soft spot in my heart for miniatures and model-making of all sorts. And this opening was sort of a model-maker’s paradise, as this making-of video will attest. Who knew that the flying H-B-O where physical models? [Thanks, Lish Dorset!]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. ScottF says:

    I remember seeing this in ’82 or ’83, specifically the part about the “stargate” effect. I’ve actually used a variation of this same effect (digitally) in some of my motion graphics. It was watching these “making of” documentaries as a kid that really inspired me to be a maker!

  2. says:

    I figured the letters were physical, but I had no idea that the streaks around the outside were, too. I always figured they were animated in post.

    These ‘making of’ shorts and Discovery’s ‘Movie Magic’ were some of my must-watch favorites.

    One of the bad things that came from DVDs is that shows like this disappeared – they’re now only DVD extras.