SxSW: Best Film Title Design 2012

Need some inspiration? South by Southwest Film and Music Festival released a list of the finalists in the Title Sequence Category from Film and Television productions. The final awards will be present on Tuesday, March 13 at 8pm.

Which one of these is your favorite?

205 – Zimmer der Angst

Director: Rainer Matsutani
Title Design by weareflink/weareflink GmbH

What happened in Room 205? Why has no one lived there for over a year? Katrin couldn’t care less: the 19-year-old student has landed a room in the dorm, and that means freedom! Freedom from home and her over-protective father. The semester is just beginning, and it’s time to make new friends, go to parties, have sex, and, of course, go to classes. Then, strange things happen in her room, and she begins to understand why no one wanted to move into Room 205 before.

The Adventures of TinTin (Unofficial)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Title Design by James Curan

After discovering directions to a sunken ship commanded by Captain Haddock’s ancestor, Tintin and his friends decide to go on a treasure hunt.

American Horror Story

Director: Ryan Murphy
Title Design by Kyle Cooper/Prologue Films

A family of three move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted.

Les Bleus de Ramville

Director: Derek Diorio
Title Design by Jay Bond/Oily Film Company Inc.

Les Bleus de Ramville follows the members of a small but fanatical senior hockey team’s fan club. For Gordie, Julie, Maureen, and Christian, the fan club represents more than just a promotional tool for the Ramville’s hockey team. It’s their passion – their way of life.

Boss

Director: Gus Van Sant
Title Design by Angus Wall/Elastic

A juxtaposition of Chicago’s inhabitants, reflective illustrations and hand-drawn lettering with an indifferent urban landscape and dispassionate sans-serif typeface. Together, these elements serve to introduce audiences to the oppositions and contradictions that drive the show.

Bunraku

Director: Guy Moshe
Title Design by Guilherme Marcondes/Hornet Inc.

A young drifter’s quest for revenge leads him into a bigger fight than he expected.

Eva

Director: Kike Maíllo
Title Design by Dvein

It’s 2041. Alex, a brilliant and irreverent machine designer, returns to his hometown to complete an unfinished project: create a boy robot. There he reunites with Lana, his old love, now married to his brother David. Eva, David and Lana’s daughter, winds up captivating Alex, who uses her as a model for his daring project.

Game of Thrones

Director: Angus Wall
Title Design by Rob Feng/Elastic

A Da Vinci-inspired map constructed on the inside of a sphere– each location a mechanical gear-works model fabricated as if by hand. At the sphere’s center a burning hot sun housed in a spherical astrolabe engraved with the history of Westeros serves as an introduction to familiarize the audience with the world they are about to be thrust into.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Director: David Fincher
Title Design by Tim Miller/Blur Studio

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 English-language thriller film directed by David Fincher, written by Steven Zaillian from the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. The film stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and tells the story of a man’s mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 40 years, and who may have been murdered. The film is nominated for five Academy Awards, including one for Rooney Mara for Best Actress.

Hell on Wheels

Director: Various
Title Design by Mark Gardner & Jeremy Cox/Imaginary Forces

AMC’s new original series, Hell on Wheels, tells the compelling story of the construction of the Union Pacific railroad across America… a process that irrevocably changed our nation.

Hephaestus

Director: Alexander Curtis
Title Design by Eric Dies

Hephaestus is an outdated, aging soldier. He was built to destroy, but he has found a new purpose in the care and protection of a young girl, Kaylee.

Herbst

Directors: Florian Eidenhammer & Patrick Gündera
Title Design by Clemens Wirth/Clemens Wirth Motion Design

First World War Drama about love, friendship and loyalty.

A History Of The Title Sequence

Director: Jurjen Versteeg
Title Design by Jurjen Versteeg/Synple

This title shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed.

Magic Trip

Director: Alex Gibney / Alison Ellwood
Title Design by Karin Fong/Imaginary Forces

At the advent of the psychedelic 60′s, Ken Kesey took an LSD–fueled bus trip with his friends the Band of Merry Pranksters and caught the whole thing on film. Magic Trip documents this wild ride that defined the 60′s counter-cultural revolution.

The New Girl

Director: John Priday
Title Design by Veva Burns/Framework Studio

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.

Shameless

Director: John Wells
Title Design by Erin Sarofsky/Sarofsky Corp.

“Shameless” Showtime Original Series that revolves around a loving, but dysfunctional, south-side Chicago, lower middle class family. Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) is the proud single father of six kids… However, his excessive drinking and minimal financial contributions to the family put the majority of the caretaking responsibilities on Fiona (Emmy Rossum), the oldest sister.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Director: Guy Ritchie
Title Design by Danny Yount/Prologue Films

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

La Última Muerte

Director: David “Leche” Ruíz
Title Design by Maribel Martínez/diecinueve36

Dr. Alexanderson finds an unconscious young man by the doorstep of his cabin. He will try to piece together the mans broken memory without knowing the dangers his family and friends will be exposed to in this psychological revenge thriller.

Wer rettet Dina Foxx?

Director: Max Zeitler
Title Design by weareflink/weareflink GmbH

This TV thriller kick starts the cross-media event “Rescue Dina Foxx!”, which combines TV and internet to highlight the dangers of digital identity theft. The film introduces the story of Dina who is arrested for murder but claims her world has been manipulated by a digital doppelganger.

X-Men: First Class

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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Title Design by Simon Clowes/Prologue Films

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.