Saturday, June 15, 2013

Poster Contest for Much Ado about Nothing by Whedon

And below is the third submission. After someone who is not artistic liked the first one (light on top) better than the second (dark on top), I went back to the first one and chose a less serious font. This is Candara, san serif. 
Now I think I like the Arial Narrow of the second submission better than the Candara. 
Enough! Let it go and move on to the next project!

My first poster was finally put into the gallery of submissions! By now, I think there are about 300 posters. 

This is the second submission, with the dark top:

Here is my submission for the poster contest for the new Joss Whedon movie. At this moment, it has not shown up after I followed the directions to upload the file to Twitter and tweet it with the proper hash tag. 

I made most of the small changes listed below, tweaked the layered shadow look on "nothing," added a shadow to the fallen petal, and added dark red lines to the petal and rose to simulate shadow.
I still wonder about the font... enough! It's done! I can submit as many versions as I want, but I do have other things to do. 

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Here's the most recent version of my poster for the new Joss Whedon movie. I haven't submitted it yet because I thought I had a good poster last night, then made major changes. I still want to make minor changes.

So how did I get started with this project? 
A friend drew my attention to a movie poster contest open to fans of the director Joss Whedon. He filmed "Much Ado about Nothing" at his home in 12 days, in black and white, set in modern times but with the Bard's language,as an independent movie.
Well, I *am* a Whedon fan.
I looked at the "gallery" of entries, at:

There were already several dozen different entries. I have never seen so many different posters for one movie and wondered what I had to contribute. 

Although the movie has not yet been released, of course there is information on the Internet. After some research, I formed some ideas of what I wanted the poster to express:
> a romantic comedy
> edgy, dark, not a Doris Day-type approach
> set in modern times
> movie is black and white, so the poster could be that with an accent color
> several posters use pictures about alcohol (wine glass, bottle) as the only objective element, but the movie is not *about* alcohol, so I want to avoid that idea.
> I want viewers to take a second look and realize there is more to the poster, maybe more to the movie, than you see at first glance.

The deadline is Thursday, June 18th, 2013, one minute before midnight, and it should include the publication information that  I pasted at the bottom of my poster. We have to tweet it to submit it, a means of submission that I have not used before. 

Possible changes:
> move "Ado" a bit left so it doesn't line up with "About"
> center "Amy Acker" over the name below, and "Clare Gregg" above the name below
> squeeze the actor names closer together?
> This is too serious. Is there a better font to express "romantic comedy" without using Comic Sans, which 90% of designers think is over-used?  Use lighter-hearted font only on "Nothing"?
> Can this be simplified without losing the ideas? Take out the "pale type" ("obsession, hatred," etc.) in the background behind "Much Ado About"?

Can you think of other changes to make?