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Vegas

Monica Perez and Simon Clowes, 2013

Using the slow, deliberate, tension-filled process of building a house of cards, Prologue directors Monica Perez and Simon Clowes weave a story for the opening of CBS' nighttime series Vegas that parallels the determined but fragile formation of the city of Las Vegas.

Multiple hands have a role in constructing a house of cards. Taking care not to collapse the structure, tension is built as each hand carefully places one card at a time onto the house.

The abstract shapes created are used as transitions between shots portraying iconic themes of the flamboyant Vegas lifestyle- its sexiness, grit, and wealth.

As the house continues to build, the chance it has to tumble increases as well. A casino chip flies through frame narrowly missing the stack, and a hand momentarily disturbs the structure...but this house withstands the strain and does not collapse.

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