Assignment 5 – Composition (Film Poster)

Design Practice

Our 5th assignment was to create a cinema film poster based on a film from one of 3 directors: Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock & Martin Scorsese. Our goal was to use the theme, subject matter, particular moments in the film, emotions encountered by the characters, etc. to create a striking, dramatic and / or thought-provoking poster which would attract fans of the film & newcomers alike.

We were limited to just 4 colours: black, white & 2 others of our choice. We also needed to include the cinema logo, booking info & show times. Type / font choice would be a key factor here as the wrong font could take away from the overall success of the image.

My choice was The Departed by Martin Scorsese.

Overall I was reasonably happy with my poster, particularly the use of blue & the cityscape. The most common colour used by my classmates in their posters was red so I was commended for taking a different approach! If I were to do it again I would most likely have gone for a more abstract / theme based approach & avoid images of the actors themselves.

Film Poster - The Departed

From this assignment I realised that I badly need to broaden my cinematic horizons! Out of the top 10 films from each dilm director (Kubrick, Hitchcock & Scorsese) I had only seen The Departed!! To rectify this situation I have undertaken the task of watching each of the top 10 films from each director in my own spare time. Look for my reviews in the personal category in the near future!

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