Author Archives: Randy Balsmeyer

Silence – Paterson

Silence – Paterson

Big Film Design is proud to have created titles and graphics for two amazing films opening this week, Silence and Paterson. The films could not be more different. Silence is Martin Scorsese’s epic, decades-in-the-making tale of Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan. Paterson is Jim Jarmusch’s intimate story of a bus driver/poet who lives in New Jersey. Both films are thought-provoking and moving, and both films happen to feature Adam Driver!




Silence is the story of two 17th century Portuguese Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson), who has disappeared. Silence is based on the 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endō.

“No one with a genuine belief in the possibilities and mysteries of cinema would think of missing Silence. It’s essential filmmaking from the church of Scorsese, a modern master who lives and breathes in the images he puts on screen.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Watch the trailer at silencemovie.com.


Paterson is a bus driver/poet in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. On-screen poetry animation was done by BFD. The film stars Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani.

“Quiet, thoughtful and deeply human, this is one of Jarmusch’s finest and features Adam Driver’s best performance yet – although you do risk coming out with a new affection for modernist poetry.” – Helen O’Hara, EmpireOnline

Watch the trailer on YouTube

Follow @PatersonMovie
on Twitter.


We hope you have a chance to see both of these wonderful films on the big screen. Happy Holidays from Big Film Design!

Inferno

Inferno

In other news… The Criterion Collection, after 23 years, has released Robert Altman’s amazing Short Cuts on Blu-Ray disc. The film includes one of our favorite early title sequences. If you’ve never seen it, now’s your chance to finally see it in high definition.

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is the latest hilarious offering from the brilliant Coen brothers. The movie follows a day in the life of a Hollywood studio fixer in 1950, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars. In the course of the film, we visit the sets of several movies as they are beingContinue Reading

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

We are very excited to announce our biggest project of the year, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, opening in theaters this Friday, December 4. Big Film Design is proud to have created the title sequences and over 150 visual effects shots, with BFD’s Randy Balsmeyer as on-set VFX Supervisor.

Spotlight, Love the Coopers, Unforgettable

Spotlight, Love the Coopers, Unforgettable

As the holidays approach, we here at BFD have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve been busy on several big projects that are now arriving for your viewing pleasure. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a chance to enjoy some of our recent work.

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Big Film Design is proud to have created the title sequences for A Walk in the Woods, opening this week in theaters nationwide. This project was a labor of love for producer and star Robert Redford, based on the best-selling novel by Bill Bryson. The extraordinary cast, including Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, NickContinue Reading

American Ultra

American Ultra

Big Film Design is proud to have produced the title sequences for Lionsgate’s American Ultra, opening nationwide this Friday, August 21. The film was directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. BFD collaborated with animator Gary Leib to create an end title sequence that takes the viewer into theContinue Reading

Max-The Movie opens Friday. Woof!

Max-The Movie opens Friday. Woof!

Big Film Design is proud to have created the title sequence for Max-the movie, from MGM, opening this Friday, June 26, in theaters nationwide. Max, a military dog from Afghanistan, is adopted by his late handler’s grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier’s brother leads to a life-altering revelation inContinue Reading