Effie Gray Opens / Randy Balsmeyer receives VES Empire Award

Effie Gray Opens / Randy Balsmeyer receives VES Empire Award


Big Film Design created titles for the new film, Effie Gray. The movie stars Dakota Fanning as the title character and opens in US theaters today, April 3, following a successful run in the UK. Effie Gray was written by Emma Thompson, who also co-stars, and was produced by Sovereign Films with Donald Rosenfeld and Andreas Roald. The film tells the story of the teenage Effie and her unconsummated marriage to Victorian art critic John Ruskin (played by Greg Wise). The cast also includes Tom Sturridge, Derek Jacobi and Julie Walters.

The titles bring an authentic Victorian flavor to the film and were designed by BFD’s Randy Balsmeyer. Effie Gray continues a long relationship with producer Donald Rosenfeld, dating back to our mutual involvement with Merchant-Ivory Productions.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful and engaging film.

See the trailer and read more about Effie Gray here.


The New York Chapter of the Visual Effects Societyrecently gave its first “Empire Award” to BFD owner and creative director Randy Balsmeyer. Here’s what they had to say:

“We’re proud to bestow this inaugural award to New York’s own Randy Balsmeyer, the prolific entertainment industry professional who has made enormous contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment. Throughout his 35 year career as an award winning titles designer and VFX supervisor, Randy has become the go-to partner of choice for the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers like Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Joel and Ethan Coen and Martin Scorcese.”

The award was presented by editor Jay Rabinowitz and featured a video by Tina Fey.

Read the VES newsletter here

And see the event photos here