Here’s a review of some recently released movie posters, including: Night Moves (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) Son of a Gun (Ewan McGregor) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1000 Times Good Night Who is John Galt? Automata The Box Trolls Falcon Rising This is the first review video. I will be publishing more. If you have a specific design you would like for me to review, put it in the comment below and I will try to include it in my next review. If you have a personal design you would like reviewed, leave a link to it in the comments. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel...Read More
I was recently introduced to the Shortland Film Competition, where filmmakers are given the opportunity to put together shorts that are then screened to an audience and judged live, with the winners (top three) qualifying for a championship round. For the first round, filmmakers are given only 48 hours to put together the entire short—start to finish. The topic of the film, a line of dialogue and a prop are included in the film requirements, so you can’t start until the requirements are announced. Having always wanted to get into filmmaking—and working around the edges of it as a...Read More
“Why? Because it’s sometimes better than Times New Roman, that’s why.” — Vincent Connare Comic sans is one of the most loathed fonts by professional graphic designers. And, more and more, it is becoming universally recognized as a terrible font—even though it’s use is still ubiquitous. Memes about Comic Sans are everywhere and there is more than one website dedicated to the font—not in a good way. Thank God too—it’s about time this font falls into oblivion. So, how did a simple font get such a terrible name? The reality is that there ARE fonts worse than Comic Sans....Read More
Last year, my wife and I built our twin girls a bunk bed. The bed was their “big” present for Christmas, so it couldn’t simply be a bunk bed. After a whole lot of research and browsing Pinterest, we found a design we really liked on Ana-White.com. It just so happened, that the blog had full plans for it and so we started building it. It was originally going to be the girl’s birthday present (their 4th birthday was in November), but their birthday came and went before we finished. So it became their Christmas present—and they were definitely happy...Read More
The Hollywood Reporter defines the term “key art” as “the singular, iconographic image that is the foundation upon which a movie’s marketing campaign is built.” It is the image that appears on the film poster, in magazine ads, on the DVD/Blu-Ray Cover and on the streaming movie thumbnail. From a graphic design perspective, key art can be extended from the realm of film to any intellectual property. A book cover, an album cover, a game cover—all of these have key art that is repurposed across the marketing campaign. And the good key arts—the ones that leave a lasting impression—immediately...Read More
After getting a spark of inspiration while looking at a jar of pickles, I decided to build a small rig with some extra wood I had in my garage. The crux of it is a black backdrop, a black floor with glass on top of it and a hole, allowing me to place a flash pointing upward. With this rig in place, I did a series of photos of various bottled and jarred items. The idea was to see how these things would look if lit from within. I used two flashes—one through an umbrella that also bounced off...Read More
I was asked recently what were my own 10 rules for design. This isn’t an easy question to answer as I feel there are a lot more than 10 rules that I use and I honestly don’t know that there are as many as 10 really important ones. But with those caveats, here’s my best attempt at writing my personal 10 design rules: 1. Start with a really good idea. Polishing a turd will only go so far. My former Art Director used to tell me that it takes 100 bad ideas to come up with one good idea. This isn’t true every...Read More
Growing up in the early 80’s, I was a Star Wars fanboy. I had most of the characters and watched the films numerous times. I even had fond memories of The Ewok Adventures. That said, I am very excited about the new Star Wars. I’m a big fan of J.J. Abrams and thoroughly enjoyed his reboot of the Star Trek series. A couple days ago the second teaser trailer was released and it was awesome to behold. Watching the last scene with Hans Solo and Chewie, I felt like a kid seeing my father return from a long business trip. It flooded me...Read More
There is a large array of emotional responses that are associated with colors. Some of these are obvious, some are more obscure. Here is a collection of emotions and concepts associated with particular colors which should be useful to those working in design, photography and illustration.Read More
In the first part of this series, I reviewed the posters for the 8 films nominated for Best Picture. Now it’s time to review the posters for the films that were nominated for an Oscar, but not in the best picture category. Some of these were nominated in the Acting category, some in film, in visual effects, music or script. It’s a total of 21 posters—and that’s already eliminating animated films, foreign language films, short films and documentaries. So to keep this article a reasonable length, my review on each poster will be short and to the point. For starters, here’s...Read More
Traditionally, I do a post reviewing all movie posters for the year and select my top picks and highlight some real misses. However, with the Oscars coming up, I decided I should do a review of all the posters for the Oscar nominated films. For the purpose of this series, I’ve left out the foreign language films, documentaries and short films. I feel these are competing on a different playing field—and with them, the list would simply be too long (it’s probably too long already).
The first category of posters I’m reviewing here are those for the films nominated for Best Picture.Read More
Putting various photos together to create a new, unique image is an essential skill of any designer. Photo compositing can range from the simple (changing out a sky or background) to the complex (creating an entirely new image from a collection of different photos). The reality is that you will be hard-pressed to find a design project that doesn’t require some form of photo compositing. In this article we cover the essentials of photo compositing.Read More
Color harmony is the theory of combining colors in a fashion that is harmonious to the eye. In other words, what colors work well together. It is the reason the Hulk wears purple pants. It is the reason the original X-Men had yellow and blue uniforms. It is the reason behind almost all color design decisions. Color Wheel Color harmony is based on the concept of a color wheel. You can study up on the history of it here. Essentially, it is a wheel with all the colors formed in a circle. Primary colors are on three equally distanced points...Read More
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