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Finished Film Poster

26 Feb


This is my finished film poster. Over all I’m really pleased with how it turned out,¬†I like the simplicity of the design and I think it looks clear and uncluttered, drawing the viewer’s attention in to the central image. I was aiming for a minimalistic look, like that of Adaptation, but have still included all the generic features of a film poster i.e. title, central dominating image, names of actors playing central roles (protagonists), quote from¬†a film critic and film credits.

like adaptation, I have also increased the satuation levels so that the images look more vibrant. I think this looks even more effective¬†on a¬†white background as they stand out a lot¬†more. ¬†So although the design is very simple the main images being so colourful makes them seem almost 3D looking on what would otherwise be a quite ‘flat’ looking background. The type writer font also makes the piece look more proffessional and adds to the self-reflexive theme of both media products (Deadline and Adaptation).

There are a few changes that I made from the draft poster, originally I planned to incorporate the names of the main actors into the keys on the keyboard and would have liked to have gone ahead with it, however, I found that when I came to edit this it was more difficult than I had anticipated and would have taken me more time to create than I had to produce it. It was also hard to identify what the text said as it was so small. Instead I went for a more simple way of including the names of the actors at the top of the page. I think that this still looks effective though so I wasn’t too frustrated about the compromise. In fact¬†I think my decision to change the font of the quote and the names of the actors looks better as a balanced poster then the original odea would have. ….



¬†I found another film poster from¬†a postmodern film ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ this film also opted for a plain white, flat background as a feature of the poster. Again it also has minimalistic features with two relatively small sized (in comparison with most generic mainstream film posters) images that stand out to the audience. I feel that this enforces my idea as contextual¬†regarding the type of film with the film poster. Therefore I am happy with the¬†choices¬†I have made when¬†creating my film poster.

Draft of Film Poster

25 Feb

This is a draft on which I will plan my actual film poster. I wanted to keep the poster simple and uncluttered drawing attention to specific small details. In order to do this I decided to keep the back ground white with a few significant images such as the image on the computer screen. The central image draws the viewer in, introduces the main characters, determines aspects of the characters such as the school uniform, sets the location and suggests that the film is a postmodern self-reflexive production. The Pear image is obviously in replacement of the apple icon that you would usually find on the Apple computers. The fact that it has been changed illustrates the referencing of other media technologies and media productions (Intertextuality). The hand writing used as the title of the film symbolizes the planning process developed as the film progresses. The names of the actors are going to be printed on to the keys of the keyboard, again, as a way of the poster suggesting playfulness and postmodernism as it is manipulating and changing original media technologies to show self reflexivity and self referencing within the production. The hands on the poster also symbolize the hands on approach to the planning process of making a short film. They also add more colour to the simple and relatively plain design and make the poster look as if it is from the point of view of the reader. This was aimed as another device to draw the attention of the reader/viewer.

This is the first draft of the actual film poster created with original content. I’d changed the font from the previous draft as i thought it didn’t look very good. However, I still wasn’t happy with the font as I wanted a typewriter font. So changed it again…

Here I have used the typewriter font ‘Courier New’ in bold for the names of the actors and the quatation from critic however the I felt that the size and composition, i.e. across one line, for the quotation wasn’t very aesthetically pleasing as it wasn’t big enough either (There is also a little typing mishap!) so I went back to Adobe Photoshop and re-did the text…

I felt a lot more pleased with the composition of text and the size, font etc in this poster however i decided that it still wasn’t exactly how I wanted it. I felt that the bold for both actors names and the quotation (especially now it was a bigger font) took the attention away from the film title lower down the poster. With this in mind I played around a little more with sizing and positioning but found that the best solution was to use regular text instead of bold for the quotation. This made it less dominating on the page and I think it looks a lot better and more balanced¬†now.

What now?…

After I’d got the composition how I wanted it I started playing around with effects. The first example is black and white as i decreased the saturation to -100 (the original was at 0). I thought that this might look good however when I compared it to high saturation levels (the second example, saturation level 81) it just didn’t stand out or catch the viewers attention enough. The third example is where I ‘inverted’ the colours.¬† I did think this looked quite unusual and I did like it but not in the context of the film. It could be symbolic of the way we decided to ‘invert’ the camera upon ourselves however I thought it was too dark. I much prefered the highly saturated poster, which was example 2, because it made the¬† hands and the central¬†image really stand out and¬†I felt¬†it would¬†be more effective at grabbing the audience’s attention. The difference is illustrated below…

Film Review

23 Feb

I’m really pleased with the overall look of my deadline review, I think it looks clean-cut and professional. This is because I used the ‘Empire’ review for paranormal activity as my template. Obviously I changed all of the text and made it my own but the end product looks very similar. Below is a comparison of the Empire professional film review and my own film review to illustrate the similarities and differences…

An example of the similarities and differences within the reviews is the my version of Empire’s ‘LOOKCLOSER’ box against the original.

In differences I have changed the name from ‘LOOKCLOSER’ to ‘CLOSERLOOK’, the positioning of the box is also on the opposite side of the image than on the empire original, this is so it didn’t obscure too much of the picture, it fitted better on the right hand side as no significant part of the poster was hidden. The box its self is a different shape to the original Empire box, again, this was altered so that it would fit in best with the image.

In terms of similarities, I’ve used the same sort of icons like the arrows as a little feature, I have also taken inspiration from the actual points made in the ‘LOOKCLOSER’ box. The first point from the Paranormal Activity review is and the first point on my review is.

I have also annotated all the different aspects of my film review to show that I have included all of the generic qualities and information that a film review contains.

Codes and Conventions of a Film Review

22 Feb

Both of the examples above of a generic film review are taken from the magazine Empire. The reviews are two very different layouts, one being and double page spread and one a single page, however despite their appearance their content in terms of conventions, such as the dominating image, look closer box and basic information box, are very similar. These reviews are what I will use as a template for content and layout when I come to create my own film review. Personally I think that the first film review template, the single page spread, would look more aesthetically pleasing for the main image that I would like to use. If I used the second layout, which includes a more square and dominating picture, then I would have to distort the image that I want to use which I would prefer not to do as I want the image to be a screen shot directly from the film, not to be edited as this wouldn’t fit the generic template as the image being a significant screen shot from the film. For this reason I have chosen to use the first template as my guideline.

[Enter Film Review]