Art Of The Title:
Smokin’ Aces (2006) by Paul Donellon
What were your initial concepts for Smokin’ Aces?
"In the beginning, the idea was to do a 3D CG thing with bullets flying through playing cards — make it quite slick and like a pastiche of live action slow-motion, but in 3D computer graphics. I thought it would be ironic if the credits were etched onto the bullets, like in those gangster movies where they send the victim a bullet with their name on it before they are bumped off. We did a little test of that, which was as far as we got before Joe Carnahan, the director, pointed us away from that. He was looking into ’70s movies for his inspiration and pointed us toward a sort of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid vibe."