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Typeset in the Future

Examples of Eurostile from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon and WALL•E.

Eurostile, its precursor Microgramma, and their close equivalent Bank Gothic, are sans-serif fonts used in many Science Fiction films to give a futuristic feel. In fact, they have been used so often that the presence of these fonts in the credits or set design now actually helps viewers to quickly understand the setting of the scene. They are most commonly used in their bold extended versions.

Common uses of Eurostile include signs on the inside (and outside) of spaceships; important text on computer display screens (especially those that need to be readable in long shots); dramatic film titles; and overlays on positioning shots to establish the location and / or chronology of the scene.


Examples:

Film — Animated

Film — Live-Action
  • The user interface for HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey uses Eurostile Bold Extended, and is almost certainly the Trope Maker for this particular trope.
    • In its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, all the Russian signage aboard the Leonov is set in Eurostile Bold Extended modified with Cyrillic letters. This wasn't done completely accurately: for example, an inverted V is used for the Cyrillic equivalent to L, making it look like the Greek Λ instead of the more correct Л.
  • The title slide for Terminator Salvation is set in Eurostile Bold Extended. Eurostile is also used for on-screen computer interface designs throughout the film.
  • Moon features Eurostile (and particularly Eurostile Bold Extended) throughout its set design and on-screen UI.
  • Ever since Star Trek: The Motion Picture, exterior markings on all Federation spacecraft were set in Eurostile Bold Extended. In the alternate universe created in Star Trek (2009), Eurostile (Regular) Extended is used instead.
  • G Force uses Eurostile Bold Extended in its title slide.
  • District 9 uses Eurostile in its opening sequences.
  • The original The Andromeda Strain film uses Eurostile Bold Extended for on-wall signage.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie uses Eurostile for the title and opening credits. This (along with the minor-key, instrumental remix of the show's theme music) is an extended joke: aping the opening of a serious sci-fi film, when this is anything but serious.
  • The Hunt for Red October uses Eurostile Extended for its on-screen interstitials.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire uses Bank Gothic extensively in its teaser trailer.
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa uses a metallic Eurostile Bold Extended text style for deliberate pseudo-dramatic effect in its teaser trailer.
  • Elysium uses Eurostile Extended for its interstitial text overlays.
  • Pacific Rim uses Eurostile Extended and Bold Extended for its feature end credit sequence, and Bank Gothic for its main end credits crawl. It also features a Eurostile Extended-like font throughout the film's computer displays.
  • The Bourne Series uses a combination of Eurostile Bold and Eurostile Regular for its opening titles and closing credits animations / end credits crawl.
  • Method Studios created a custom typeface for the credits of The Avengers that looks like a squared-off variant of Bank Gothic.

Live-Action TV
  • Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) uses Bank Gothic in its main title sequence.
  • The trailer for Episode 5 of Series 7 of Doctor Who uses Bank Gothic in its Regular and Bold Extended versions.
  • Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons uses Microgramma Medium Extended in its opening credits.
  • Episode 5 of Firefly uses a very similar font to Eurostile Extended for many of the communications screens and medical controls on the planet Ariel.

Sitcom TV
  • The Neighbors uses ?? (please ID font) in its main title. It conveys the concept of the show perfectly — a family of humans living in a community of extraterrestrials.

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