We took inspiration from other film posters and noticed a certain trend in Action/thriller genre films. The main character stars in the centre on the majority of film posters (as shown below).
Our poster background is black and white while the photo of our main character is in colour. This stands out and is similar to both Faster and iRobot as they have only used a few colours in their background to focus the audiences attention on the character and how they are acting. The clothing that the characters is black, which usually signifies power. As our poster background is in black and white, we felt that it wouldnt stand out enough and outline the character. We felt as the character had a blend of good and evil due his personality has been twisted by the secret organisation, we should use a mix of Black and white for the poster (grey).
We wanted a simple but iconic film poster so it is easily recognisable to our target audience. The main character is plastered on the front as he is the most recognisable character throughout our production and the background relates to the damage he is causing, but the sun rising represents a glimpse of hope. The final element of the poster is the release date, this allows the reader to find out when they can watch the film in cinemas, meaning an exposure to a larger audience increasing the revenue that we gain from the film. We also wanted to add a quote to our film which relates to what happens in our movie so they gain an understanding of the plot, even if they haven’t yet watched our trailer. . The information shown is all the cast and crew roles, this is a general item included on all film posters. Our titles were created in iMovie as we had more variety of fonts which we could chose from. This was the most effective font and we have had it in block capitals and bold writing to stand out to the audience.
We created a magazine by trying to replicate a real life media product. There are several companies we could use which produce magazines for films, including; Total films, Film Review and Screen International. But by far the biggest magazine company around for films is Empire.
All of the magazine covers have a similar look, with the main character taking centre stage with a background which relates to the plot of the film. For our film magazine we have tried to make it as authentic as possible by adding things such as; Other film reviews (In small writing on the right), red empire writing in a similar font style and also the black and white code bars which can be scanned with smartphone apps. Magazines still play an important role in advertising for mainly global companies world wide, not only for the film industry but also for things such as Apple and gaming companies. We have tried to create a magazine cover which is pleasing on the eye but also gives the reader an insight into our film to decide if they want to watch it or not. We used a black and white background to add to the effect of our film. Many magazine covers use a few selected colours so that it is not too colourful, we have gone for the same effect and directed the viewers attention onto Jack (the protagonist) and the lightning (which is the only other coloured image on the magazine). The lightning reflects the main characters emotion as it is a spark of danger which only lasts for a small amount of time but can cause dangerous after effects.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433108/ – Faster – 2010 – George Tillman Jr.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4 – The Dark Knight – 2008 – Christopher Nolan
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/ – I,Robot – 2004 – Alex Proyas
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/ – Avatar – 2009 – James Cameron
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 – I Am Legend – 2007 – Francis Lawrence