Oscar Isaac

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.

57th BFI London Film Festival

57th BFI London Film Festival The programme for the 57th BFI London Festival launched today with exciting news of the films screening this year and those that are running in competition. With a number of films featuring which are fresh from both the Toronto and Venice festivals, having already wowed audiences and gained glowing reviews. This years event is already looking like it's going to be a great feast of viewing splendor.

Having created the title sequence for one of those films 'Half of a Yellow Sun', we are delighted to see Biyi Bandele's new film screen back here in London as part of the BFI's Strands and Pathways 'Dare' category. And my dear friend Stephen Frears' film 'Philomena' starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan screen as part of the Sponsored Galas. The festival programme is again organised into focused categories that are formed around the themes of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family. An approach designed to help festival goers to find the films they want to see and also expose to new audiences.

Half of a Yellow Sun and Philomena

The festival will screen a whopping total of 234 features, combined of both fiction and documentary films. Which include 22 World Premiere's, 16 International Premiere's and 29 European premiere's. London's film festival has never had it so good... with Director Paul Greengrass' new film 'Captain Phillips' starring Tom Hanks opening the festival, and who commented at the official launch saying "The British film industry has never been better, with the best filmmaking talent in the world now regularly coming to London to make movies".

He's right too... now is a great time for movie making, not just for the British film industry, but filmmakers all around the world. And the timing for the BFI's annual event couldn't be any better.

Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips Tom Hanks

Venues across the capital, from the West End Cinemas to the central London venues, including the Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square; which recently we attended for the World Premiere of Morgan Spurlock's One Direction film 'This Is Us', Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumière and this years new addition the Cineworld Haymarket, will be screening all of the films during the 12 day event. And we can't wait for it to get going.

In addition to all the film screenings. Special Events, Screen Talks and Master Classes will take place during the festival. With attendances to Gala Screenings by key talent such as: Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barry Ackroyd, John Lee Hancock, Emma Thompson, Alison Owen, Stephen Frears, Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Steve McQueen, Chiwetol Ejiofor, Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Sandra Bullock, Joel & Ethan Coen, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Ralph Fiennes, Abdellatif Kechiche, Lea Seydoux, Adele Excharchopoulos, Alain Guiraudie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Payne, Lukas Moodysson.

The final show will be the European Premiere of Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, which will close the festival continuing the initiative from last year with the Closing Night Red Carpet event and screening being screened simultaneously to cinemas across the UK.

Saving Mr Banks

Hope you can all make it, and we look forward very much to seeing you there.

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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.