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The Two Faces of January Official Trailer

The Two Faces Of January Header As excitement and intrigue builds for tomorrow's release of The Two Faces of January. We follow on from our previous blog, with Studio Canal's official trailer to get you in the mood.

We hope you enjoy.

http://youtu.be/WDFsR7w0dT0

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The Two Faces of January Title Sequence

The Two Faces Of January Header Most of you by now will have seen the riveting trailer on TV or the great posters in the streets. The Two Faces of January, written and directed by screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive screenplay) in his directorial debut, is out on release this Friday 16th May... and we couldn't be any more excited.

A thriller centred on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer. The film is based on the 1964 novel by Patricia Highsmith, and is already being described as one of the most beautiful and enigmatic thrillers to be hitting the cinemas. Dean and I, along with the rest of the team at The Morrison Studio are delighted to have been able to design and produce the main and end titles for the film.

Work for us began some time ago after meeting with both Hoss and producer Robyn Slovo, who insisted we do the titles after attending a screening for HBO's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, directed by Stephen Frears. Robyn liked our title sequence for the film so much, she requested the meeting to discuss what we could do for their new film.

The Two Faces of January Titles Mood Board

So we set out researching the genre in the time period of the film, along with book jackets from Patricia Highsmith's books as reference. It became apparent that typography and the way we set it was going to be the main focus for us. But we were keen to also see if there was a graphical way we could introduce the first few credits before the opening live action shots. So we started to explore various styles and colours to get the right look we were after.

The Two Faces of January Title Design

From our research at the beginning, it became clear that 'circles' was a good direction to start. With the gift of Working Titles' animated logo leading us into the first credits, it naturally felt right to evolve the style of the sequence from their logo. Combining the right colour palette with the right typeface suitable to the genre, we developed moon shape slithers to slowly rotate concentrically. Then we placed the titles in the negative spaces to create a design based on crime novel book jackets of the 1960's. The circles were also a good metaphor for the three key characters, who's romantic journey of deceit and deception would take them full circle to tragic circumstances.

The Two Faces of January Title Design

The creative process however, twisted and turned - a lot like the plot of the film. And as the film's editing changed, we needed to rethink the titles to something more simpler, yet still stylish. Which will be revealed when you see the film. We kept the colour palette and the typestyle, and we are very pleased with the way it all looks. As simple as it might be... we have a look which compliments the film very well.

We hope you enjoy, and we look forward to sharing our title sequence with you in the very near future.

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Berlinale Special highlights two World Premieres

Berlinale 2014 The Berlin International Film Festival is nearly upon us (Feb 6-16), unveiling an 18-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, including nine World Premieres.

Two stand-out World Premiere's specially highlighted this year are A Long Way Down, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan, and The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

Having created the title sequences for both, we couldn't be any happier. And excited to see both films getting a great reception.

A Long Way Down and The Two Faces of January

A Long Way Down, is an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestseller about four people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. It stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.

The Two Faces of January, is a con artist thriller from the director of Drive Hossein Amini, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac.

The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January Work begins on a new sequence for us this week, as we are really delighted to announce we have been appointed the title sequence for 'The Two Faces of January'.

Based on the classic 1964 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, the thriller has been written and directed by screenwriter Hossein Amini in his directorial debut. Starring Viggo Mortensen (Appaloosa, A History of Violence), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-man, Marie Antoinette) and Oscar Issac (Drive, Body of Lies), the film has been produced out of Working Title (Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner) along with Thomas Sternberg (Apocalypse Now and The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

The Two Faces of January Actors

'The Two Faces of January' tells the story of an American couple Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Dunst) who while touring Greece in 1962, meet Rydal (Isaac) a tour guide at the Acropolis scamming tourists in the process. Inviting Rydal to dinner one night at their hotel, Chester presses him to help move an unconscious body which eventually leads him to get caught up in ensuing events.

We are very much looking forward to working on this and sharing our progress with you all as the story unfolds.