SXSW 2014 Film Awards: Excellence in Title Design Finalists

For the 5th year running, SXSW celebrates the collaboration between filmmakers and designers through their SXSW Film Design Awards.

This year 18 Finalists have been chosen for the Excellence in Title Design Awards and will be screened at SXSW on Sunday, March 8 at 4:30 pm in the Vimeo Theatre. Jury and Audience selected honors will also be awarded.

Without further ado…here are the finalists for the 2014 SXSW best titles of the year!

Analogue/Digital 2013
Designer: Joyce Ho
Studio: 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
Designer: Luis Felipe Bueno
Studio: The Jack Stupid
A gooey fluid struggles against gravity to reveal hidden characters.

Black Sails
Designers: Karin Fong, Michelle Dougherty
Studio: 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
Designer: Aaron Becker
Studio: 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
Designers: Craig Kellman and Pete Oswald
Studio: 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.

Watch title sequence. 

The Conjuring
Director: James Wan
Designer: Aaron Becker
Studio: 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
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
Director: Neil Druckmann
Designers: Henry Hobson & Kevin Joelson
Studios: 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.


The Lego Movie
Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Designer: Brian Mah
Studio: 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
 Leanne Dare
Studio: 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
Alberto Scirocco
Studio: 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
Guillermo del Toro
Designer: Miguel Lee 
Studio: 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.


Ping Pong Summer
Michael Tully
Designer: Teddy Blanks
Studio: CHIPS
A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

Watch title sequence.


Salty Toons
Peter Ahern
Designer: Peter Ahern
Studio: 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
 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
Cary Fukunaga
Designer: Patrick Clair 
Studio: 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
Director: Ricky Fosheim
Designer: Ricky Fosheim
Studio: 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
Designers: Alexis Beaumont and Michel ‘Mitch’ Pecqueur

Studio: 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.

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