Motion Graphics & Title Design Inspiration from SXSW’s Film Design Awards

The annual SXSW Film Conference and Festival hosts a special program, the SXSW Film Design Awards, recognizing excellence in film and television title design, and excellence in poster design, which is great for entertainment graphic designers, motion graphics designers and film post-production pros everywhere.

Motiongrapher recently published some great quotes from this year’s Film Design Awards’ opening panel discussion which included some great motion and film industry pros, many of which have been featured on the Blog. The panel included Ian Albinson of Art of the Title, Ben Radatz of MK12 (Stranger Than Fiction), Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee of Smith & Lee Design (Up in the Air), and Kurt Volk of Troublemaker Studios (Machete).

SXSW’s nominated titles included a broad range of titles representing various design and cinematography styles, each one using compelling motion graphics, sound and music designs, and innovative editing techniques– elements that all work together to evoke a strong emotional response in its viewer.

Below are a few of our favorites. Be sure to check out the full list of nominees, and highlights from the SXSW Film Design Awards panel discussion on Motionographer here.


Title Design by Clemens Wirth
Art of the Title Interview

Les Bleus de Ramville

Title Design by Jay Bond/Oily Film Company Inc.
Interview at Art of the Title

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Title Design by Danny Yount/Prologue Films

The Adventures of TinTin (Unofficial)

Title Design by James Curran
Interview at Motionographer

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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