The Hippopotamus

Turning Whiskey into Journalism

We worked the team at Electric Shadow Company to realise their titles for The Hippopotamus, a film based on the novel by Stephen Fry and starring Roger Allam. Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Loganʼs country manor, Swafford Hall, to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

The opening is a flawless, introduction to the film’s protagonist, Ted Wallace. We wanted to create synergy between the pre-release marketing print campaign and for the films opening sequence to remain uninterrupted. Ted cues the titles, which use the scale of simple bold typography and striking colour.

Production Company: Electric Shadow Company
Director: John Jencks
Producer: Jay Taylor