October 21, 2008

Movie Poster Review: Ocean’s Eleven

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Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven


This poster for Ocean’s Eleven is very well done.  I’ve always been drawn to design that’s more simplistic, whether it’s in relation to color, shape, symmetry, line, etc.

The poster relies on prior knowledge.  It doesn’t actually say “Ocean’s Eleven” anywhere; there is just a large red 11.  However, the famous names in the cast are listed, along with a label for their character.  In this case, the big names are expected to draw in the audience to see this movie.  Yet, by keeping all of the character’s faces hidden, it shows that the ensemble as a whole is more important than one particular person.

There are only four colors used in this movie poster: black, grey, white, and red.  The straightforwardness of this decision has many affects.  It draws attention, explains a bit of the plot (the setting is in a casino, and the colors are similar to those found on playing cards), and shows the “facelessness” of all of the men.

The red 11 initially grabs the viewer’s attention, and then the long lines lead the viewer in.  The red, black, and white all complement and contrast one another; each part stands out individually, but they still fit together.

If I had to change this movie poster, I would have all eleven people visible in some way at the top.  However, I can see how this could make the design not as clean and neat; it could be too cluttered.  The viewer does get the point that the film is about eleven dark-suited men.  I would also add the title of the film in somewhere.  When advertising a movie, it seems that an important element is word of mouth, and knowing the name of the movie is important when discussing it.

October 14, 2008

Title Sequence Review: Gattaca (1997)

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Gattaca (1997)


Gattaca is a film about genetic manipulation and its consequences in the future.  For someone new to this movie, the title sequence would be foreign and confusing.  However, to someone that is familiar with the film, they’d recognize what is going on.

The title sequence begins with an extremely tight, almost microscopic shot.  The picture and the sound is amplified to exaggerate the hugeness of an object that in reality is very small, such as a fingernail clipping or a hair.  I remember the first time that I saw Gattaca, I thought that the falling skin cells were snow.  Slowly, the camera pans out and the audience recognizes the larger-than-life objects for what they really are.

The entire title sequence is very controlled.  There is a specific, monochromatic color palate; first blue and then yellow-orange.  There is some sort of symmetry or linear movement in each frame.

I also like how the letters C, G, T, and A are bolded in the credits, since these letters represent the four bases that form DNA.  This small detail is still significant.

There really isn’t anything about this title sequence that I would change.  Its purpose is to prepare the audience for what is to come in the movie, and it is successful.

October 11, 2008

Photoshop: Lyric Booklet

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Idina Menzel – Still I Can’t Be Still

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