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Copy of Film Poster

December 3, 2010

By James Grieve (69559/3347)

This is the film poster from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that I copied to practise my skills on photoshop. This poster is very dark which gives emphasis onto the plot of the film with red sparks from a wand making it feel as if they are running for their lives.

This is the copy I made of the poster. I used the extraction filter around the main title to make it look more incorporated into the poster and I then used the wand tool to clean this up.

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Conventions of a Film Poster

December 1, 2010

By James Grieve (69559/3347)

I looked at many different film posters that relate to our genre so we can duplicate the conventions that they always use to make a good film poster.

  • On the poster the title of the film will always stand out with big letters in a clear colour 
  • There is a picture of the main characters with a focal picture to draw the attention of the passers by
  • There could be a tag line to give you a small taster of the plot
  • The names of the actors and producers and director could appear
  • The release date is also a reoccurring feature on a film poster
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History and Importance of a Film Poster

November 30, 2010

By James Grieve (69559/3347)

History: When film posters were first used they could only be seen at the theatres that the film was being shown at. When the film finished the theatre would have to return them to the National Screen Service. They being the company that produced and distributed all film posters between 1940 and 1984.  They would then be recycled and put out again in another cinema. Maybe if they were worn enough they would just be thrown away. This meant that the only place you could see them was when you went to see the film and there would be no chance to buy them to display on your bedroom wall or see them in bus stops or in the streets. Beginning in the 1980s, the American film studios began taking over  production and distribution of their posters from the National Screen Service and the process of making set posters for each films began to fade away. Now you can see many different posters representing one film. You can see these on the internet in the street and can buy them in shops to display at home.

Importance: Film posters are of paramount importance to film companies as they play a big part in advertising the film. Companies can use these posters to give the audience a small idea of what the film is about. They can be the first time you hear about a film. Maybe you saw one on a billboard or got a quick glimpse of one at the bus stop. This is all it take to spark interest in the film and so they need to stand out. They are in the marketing band that are viewed as the key tools for advertising a film, along with trailers, film magazines and word of mouth.

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Copy of a Film Magazine

November 30, 2010

By James Grieve (69559/3347)

Here is the magazine cover that I copied. It is of the Megan Fox Empire cover based on the film Jennifer’s Body. The picture on top is the real one with a picture of Megan Fox standing against a wall with blood on her hand and foot. The font is very distinguishable and this is what we hope to re-create when we come to make our magazine cover.

For my recreation of the cover I could not obtain the real picture so I used one where she is wearing the same out fit and looking out at the camera. This helped me to develop my skills on Photo Shop and will go on to be very advantageous when it comes to doing the Ancillary Tasks.

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Font Test

November 26, 2010

By Gabi Paterson (69559/3754)

To prepare the fonts that we intend to use on our film trailer and marketting campaign, I went on Photoshop and created a few titles that I think would be appropriate for our film. Attached is an image of a few of these fonts. I chose bubbly writing in bright colours because I think that it reflects the fun, happy nature of our trailer and our genre of romantic comedy.

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Copy of a Film Poster

November 24, 2010

By Gabi Paterson (69559/3754)

As I had previously done with a film magazine cover, I copied a film poster as exactly as I could. I chose the poster for ‘Wanted’ as it is simple but also interesting and engages audiences and encourages them to see the film. I also like the dakrer colours and mysterious picture of one of the attractive main characters, portrayed by Angelina Jolie.

This is the original poster:

and this is the poster that I created:

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History and Importance of Film Posters

November 23, 2010

By Gabi Paterson (69559/3754)

Film posters came about in the early 1900’s when exhibitors began advertising to fight off competition as film had recently become a larger, consumer based industry. Home made posters were draped outside the new cheap movie theatres and barkers were hired to shout out the program. However, film exhibitioners did not advertise in the press because at the time it was too expensive. Some companies released their own monthly or weekly flyer telling audiences about forthcoming films and promotions. It was discovered that colourful and exciting posters were a very easy way to promote and sell films.

These days, film posters are still an incredibly important part of a film’s marketting technique. They are created to promote films and to intrigue audiences but there is a larger market for collecting film posters and older, original movie posters are in great demand.