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One Sheet: The Girl Who Played With Fire (Dir. Daniel Alfredson, 2009)


As box office tills get set to ring heartily once more with the second installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy returning to cinemas this weekend, we asked Charlie Loft from AllCity Media – creators of the trilogy’s striking poster and marketing campaign – to tell us a bit about producing artwork for such a popular book series now so entrenched in the public psyche.

Over to Charlie Loft:

The Millennium Trilogy was a great brief from Momentum Pictures – to come up with the branding for such a well loved story is something that we could really sink our teeth into.

We needed to create a motif that could adapt and become the identifier for the trilogy as well as be able to give ‘The Girl’ herself the main shout as this was the first time she was going to be revealed. This was a particular challenge as Noomi Rapace (The Girl) was relatively unknown in the UK and yet we needed her to take centre stage.


The Dragon motif was designed to act as a distraction or decoy to allow us to put an unknown face behind it, this in turn enabled us to create the overall feeling of intrigue and mystery. The Girl is there but she is slightly hidden by her own Dragon Tattoo (this is the reason for the swirling ink at the base of the dragons tail) meaning that we could add a level of depth to the poster and subsequent online and advertising campaigns.

Another thing to note with the branding was the need for a strong and easily identifiable title treatment. Dealing with such long titles is never easy so we decided to stack the copy so that the main words from each title were visible from a distance, e.g. ‘Girl’ ‘Dragon’ ‘Tattoo’ – ‘Girl’ ‘Played’ ‘Fire’ etc.


The branding of the trilogy continues with what we have affectionately called ‘The Flaming Dragon’ for The Girl Who Played With Fire. Again the motif acts as a distraction and gives extra impact and relevance to the title. We are currently developing The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest which will be in cinemas this November.

Each one of the dragon motifs has been lovingly crafted by one of our collaborators, Sean Freeman, who under our Art Direction has helped create some beautiful work. This is another good example of using someones purest skill and then making it work for film.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is in cinemas from August 26th | See the trailer

A longer interview with AllCity Media will appear in issue 11 of the Big Picture, due out November 15th

By Gabriel Solomons

Gabriel's earliest cinematic memory was believing a man could fly in Richard Donner's original (and best) Superman. Following numerous failed attempts at pursuing a career as a caped crusader (mild vertigo didn't help), he subsequently settled down into the far safer – but infinitely less exciting – world of editorial design. A brief stint at the Independent newspaper in London sharpened his skills but cemented his desire to escape the big smoke forever, choosing to settle in the west country. He set up the arts and culture magazine 'Decode' in 2003 and currently edits and art directs the Big Picture magazine. When asked by mates what his favourite film is he replies The Big Lebowski while when in the presence of film afficianados he goes all poncy and says Fellini's 8 1/2.

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