A Title! A Title!

Due to a lot of paid work I haven’t had enough time to animate over the last weeks. And yet I used every spare minute to work on other aspects of my film, especially its name.

I called it Orpheus film project for a long time, because I first had no idea for a proper title, and then I couldn’t decide which one I’d like to use.

Finding a suitable title was a long process full of endless piles of lists, huge amount of ideas on whiteboards or in sketchbooks and I don’t know what.

Now I had this idea for three days, and I still like it, so herewith I proudly present you the final title for my film:

Ins Dunkel, German Title Illustration.

And here is the version which is translated into English:

Into the Dark, English Title Illustration.

The German title is the official film title, the English title is rather a simple translation for when I’m going to apply to international film festivals later.

I also designed a poster layout today, and I’m thinking of printing one of those images as postcards:

Ins Dunkel, film poster.

There’s a larger poster version on my flickr photo stream

The decision for the title was a big relief.

Ins Dunkel | Into the Darkness

According to the ancient Greek tale, Orpheus is trying to bring his beloved Eurydice back from death, and he descends to the Underworld.

Wikipedia says,

The descent to the underworld is a mytheme of comparative mythology found in a diverse number of religions from around the world, up to and including Christianity. The hero or upper-world deity journeys to the underworld or to the land of the dead and returns, often with a quest-object or a loved one, or with heightened knowledge.

(page version from 13 May 2011 at 18:59)

Descending into the dark is the subject that is most interesting to me here. Orpheus is doing this literally in the tale, but also does it metaphorically. He’s going into the dark, to face the darkest parts of his soul where fear and grief and loneliness live.

At this point the story becomes archetypical: every human being faces darkness at some point of their life. The question is, how we deal with it.

Have a good week!

29. August 2011 by Jessica
Categories: Stuff | Tags: , , | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. I like it.
    (Sorry, I don’t have a Facebook account to proclaim this with a thumbs-up pic; you’ll have to believe me.)

    The lyra background fits pretty well, those strokes remind me of a certain type of grass when it’s not cut back, but allowed to grow. The transition on the poster from left to right is a really neat idea, especially that the lyra motive on the right looks like a 2D projection (which, I think, is also one of the visual effects you apply in the Netherworld settings?). Personally, I would cut down a bit on the red light out of the crypt, but then I am no animation artist, and I wouldn’t know where to draw the line between emphasis and exaggeration.
    Great job! Hope you enjoy your well-earned holidays…

  2. Fantastic Poster !

    there ist the “Licht ins Dunkel” Programm in Austria [gigantic fundraising project around Christmas]… and this was my first association… and then – why paying any mind ?!

    The titles sums it all up wonderfully – congratulations ! And all it all it is beautifully composed. I am quite curious if – and if yes to which amout, the whole thing will change until the glorious finale… Good to see you so active !

  3. Wooo! Beautiful, deep, rich, and meaningful! It’s wonderful!

  4. Leo, thank you!
    I think the line between emphasis and exaggeration is fluent. There’s never a guarantee that *you’ll like* what *I think* is great. But I’m glad that the idea behind the layout seems to be clear at least! ;)

    Michael, hi again!
    There are often a lot of associations to such a simple combination of words. I can’t keep all the associations of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants in mind, so I try to find words that suits *my idea* of the film best. If this was a good idea, people will understand the words in the right way I suppose.

  5. Wonderful title! Very appropriate to the story. And the pictures look wonderful (as always) Congratulations!