Submissions have begun for the contest. I'll post each as it arrives. Voting can commence in the comments section after the submission deadline, which is Wednesday, January 13th, 2009.
1. Matt from D'Angelo Design :: Helvetica Rounded Bold
"Perhaps my entry's solution is not the most unique but I'm quite certain that, primarily due to the nature of quickly-changing letter forms overlaid on full-motion video, legibility is paramount. Ok, so what's the most legible typeface? There are some contenders, but I'm not sure what can trump Helvetica for its simplicity, letter form recognition, rhythm and overall legibility. It's a ubiquitous typeface created by designers.
I ended up using Helvetica Rounded Bold at 18px with 10px of tracking. My subtitle is white (dropped to 85% opacity and 85% fill) and has a slight stroke and drop shadow to aid legibility against a dizzying array of moving backgrounds.
I think that motion picture subtitles are a utility element and not necessarily an appropriate vehicle for decoration (quite the opposite for movie titles and pre and post credits). This viewpoint, by default, deems Cameron's use of Papyrus as a complete 'fail'."
2. Nicholas Livadas from Livadas Consulting :: Majestos
"This custom font named Majestos was created by Silas Dilworth for the cable channel The Food Network. It can be found in their growing online and printed presence in addition to their broadcast identity for which it was developed."