From my first glance at this assignment, I knew that I wanted to do something darker, more mysterious. Most of my projects have been uplifting and bright, but for whatever reason when I envisioned this poster, it was more for a horror flick than a comedy. I started off by taking several pictures of myself from varying angles. I kept my face blank, suspicious or fearful to adhere to the genre I was going for. I don’t remember what my inspiration for the lightening look was. Originally, I thought that I would just place myself in the image of a storm, but I found that I liked the symbolic “inner storm” idea more, and worked that to my advantage.
I layered the photos I chose to use in Photoshop and played around with placement, brightness and contrast, and exposure until the poster seemed appropriately dark and mysterious. I added a related title, subtitle and credits. I listed mostly whatever actors I could come up with off the top of my head. My message was a teaser about an upcoming film storyline, geared towards older sci-fi/mystery loving individuals.
I received critiques from Mary Ann Gilli and April Bethea via the Facebook page. Mary Ann suggested not center-aligning. I thought that because that is typical of the credits, I would leave those, but I did un-center the subtitle. April suggested lightening my face and the lightening bolt, which I did by adjusting exposure. I also made the release date smaller, as per her advice, and adjusted the spacing between that line and the credits.
Woman Image: taken by myself, of myself
Lightening Image: https://www.google.com/search?q=lightning+storm&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdg4PJ6LTLAhVklYMKHerVCLMQ_AUIBygB&biw=1366&bih=667#tbm=isch&q=Thunderstorm&imgrc=CpcysNEtOPjQ8M%3A
Title: Sans serif, Orator STD Medium
Actors, Subtitle: Oldstyle Serif, Courier New Bold
Credits: SF Movie Poster Condensed