The Austin City Limits season 43 opening sequence focuses upon aspects of gathering and anticipation before an ACL live music taping. Jonathan Jackson, the creator of the opening, has created three other opening sequences for ACL. The first opening put attention onto the Moody Theater (where ACL is taped), through time-lapse. The second opening featured signage from around town and scenes from within the studio, interwoven with artists from ACL’s 40 year history. The 41st season opening, the intention was to pull from some of the culture in Austin that makes it such a great music city.
In the season 43 opening, you’ll see scenes from inside and outside of the Moody Theater, as well as aerial footage of Austin’s downtown. We staged a video shoot of volunteers entering the venue. This allowed us to focus on creating the visual excitement and anticipation of audience members entering the venue.
All opening sequences since season 37 have used music from local musicians. The season 43 opening is no different. ACL asked the Black Angels to contribute music to the opening. After reviewing some of the footage and pacing, the Black Angels provided us with a perfect musical accompaniment.
The new opening sequence will premiere on October 7th with Ed Sheeran as the first episode of season 43.
About Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits (ACL) offers viewers unparalleled access to featured acts in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable, full-length performances. The program is taped live before a concert audience from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. Since its inception, the groundbreaking music series has become an institution that’s helped secure Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in 2012. ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by Dell, the Austin Convention Center Department, Shiner Beers and HomeAway.com. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at acltv.com.