Title Design Awards and Art of the Title Discussion Announced

Written by Jim Kolmar | Thursday, Feb 20, 2014
Will Perkins and Lola Landekic of Art of the Title, speaking at SXSW Film

We're thrilled to announce the 18 finalists in the SXSW 2014 Award for Excellence in Title Design!

The full list is below, and you can head to this page to see a sneak preview of what's in store at the unmissable Title Design Screening on Sunday, March 9, 4:30pm in the Vimeo Theater. If you want to see these innovative design miniatures on a big screen, be sure to add the screening to your schedule.

As a bonus, Editors Will Perkins and Lola Landekic of Art of the Title will be in attendance. The two will discuss the broader history of title design in Hollywood, the emergence of title sequences in video games, and the way in which games used the familiar visual language of film to introduce players to virtual worlds, characters, and stories.

You can add the screening & discussion to your schedule here.

The finalists are:

Analogue/Digital 2013
Designed by Joyce Ho for Breeder
Analogue/Digital is an Australian creative conference that highlights what's happening in the design industry – bringing creatives together to meet, share, discuss and party. Using an aesthetic based upon double-exposures in motion, this sequence explores the theme of binary, juxtaposing the urban sprawl and nature, black and white, flight and fall, and unification and disintegration.

Director - Matteo Di Gioia
Designed by Luis Felipe Bueno for The Jack Stupid
A gooey fluid struggles against gravity to reveal hidden characters.

Black Sails
Director: Neil Marshall (Pilot)
Titles inspired by Kris Kuksi, designed by Michelle Dougherty & Karin Fong for Imaginary Forces
It's 1715 and the golden age of piracy… a world where rebel pirates, collapsing shanty towns, whore houses, illegal treasure and the promise of the New World clash with the imperial forces of European civilization. Nothing less than a full-on art history mash-up of Baroque motifs, Gothic architecture and Rococo style could express this strange society, where outcasts and aristocrats alike vie for power. Using a sculptural language traditionally reserved for saints and kings, we depict a maverick society that is ultimately doomed. Beauty and death abound… as well as a skeleton or two…

Clear History
Director: Greg Mottola
Designed by Aaron Becker for Filmograph & Level 256 VFX
After learning that he lost billions to his old business partner and their electric car company, a disgraced former marketing executive lives in anonymity and seclusion on Martha's Vineyard. Years later, when he finds out who is moving to town, he plots revenge against his former boss.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Directors: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
Designed by Craig Kellman and Pete Oswald for Sony Pictures Animation and Screen Novelties
Sony Pictures Animation's CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 which reveals what happens after the film ends; using a mixture of stop motion, 2D animation, puppetry, green screen and more.

The Conjuring
Director: James Wan
Designed by Aaron Becker for Filmograph
The true life story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren working to help the Perron family, who are terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

The Glass Castle
Designed by Adrian Herr & Torben Stange
The title design is based on the book ‘The Glass Castle’ by American writer Jeannette Walls, in which she describes in a both fascinating and shocking way her own childhood and the growing-up in an unusual family. The title sequence portrays key moments of the book by bringing several objects of sentimental value to life that lie hidden in an old and used suitcase.

The Last of Us
Directed by Neil Druckmann
Designed by Henry Hobson & Kevin Joelson for Bootmaker Films & Sony Creative SCEA
20 years after a pandemic has radically changed known civilization, infected humans run wild and survivors are killing each other for food.

Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Designed by Brian Mah for Alma Mater
An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

Masters Of Sex
Various Directors
Designed by Leanne Dare for Elastic 
Tells the story of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) andVirginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), two pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Motion 2013
Designed by leftchannel
Motion is one of North America’s leading innovative and uniquely intimate events – bringing together an ever expanding scope of the brightest and most creative minds for an annual celebration of who we are: creatives.

Pacific Rim
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Designed by Miguel Lee for Imaginary Forces
As the smoke clears from the epic battle between man and beast, we venture through an array of monsters, machines, and their monumental feats. IF worked closely with the film's director Guillermo del Toro to present his colossal creations in stylistic fashion, combining macro-photography and a graphic novel aesthetic in stereoscopic 3D.

Director: Michael Tully
Designed by Teddy Blanks for CHIPS
A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

Salty Toons
Directed and designed by Peter Ahern, Peter Ahern Productions
Witness a selection of killer animation styles and warped content including drugs, sex and varying degrees of mental insanity. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish you didn’t bring Grandma.

Semi-Permanent Portland 2013
Designed by Danny Yount   One of the largest events of its type, Semi-Permanent is a creative platform spreading art and design inspiration. Semi-Permanent explores the diverse and exciting design world bringing together exceptionally talented artists and designers to speak at the event.

True Detective
Directed by Cary Fukunaga
Designed by Patrick Clair for Elastic
True Detective is an American television anthology drama series on HBO created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, with the first season directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Season one stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles, and uses multiple timelines to trace two Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division homicide detectives' hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana across seventeen years.

Uneasy Lies the Mind
Directed by Ricky Fosheim
Designed by Ricky Fosheim for Detention Films
A man's sanity slowly unravels during a couple's retreat to his isolated winter mansion. Shot entirely on the iPhone.

La Vraie Vie Des Profs
Directors: Emmanuel Klotz and Albert Pereira Lazaro
Designed by Alexis Beaumont and Michel 'Mitch' Pecqueur for 2.4.7. Films
Two middle school brats are punished by the principal and forced to participate the school newspaper with the "nerdy" kids. To spice up this boring chore, they decide to spy on their teachers and reveal their secrets in the newspaper in a tabloid style.