Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Orator

The Orator #4: And here it is, the final poster - just completed a couple of nights ago. Photography by the rather talented Stephanie O'Connor.

A second version of the poster also exists with the Samoan and the English reversed and a Samoan tagline. The English tagline is by yours truly.

I've seen a rough cut of this film (sans grade, score and sound mix) and can safely tell you that it's going to be well worth seeing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cannes poster

The Orator #3: I was asked to produce a teaser poster for the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately I only had a couple of days to create it - from scratch - as no photography for the selected option currently existed.

Solution? For the figure, I set up, lit and rendered a character inside the 3D modeling application, Poser. For the floor I tiled an image of some existing flax until I had a large enough mat. The rest of my time was spent in PhotoShop trying to tie it all together.

I don't think the end result was very successful and I wish I could have spent more time on it. On the other hand, it was a good lead-in for the main Orator poster in terms of lighting, layout and the kind of problems I was going to be dealing with.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More movie poster fun...

The Orator #2: I continued to play around with the shadow concept after having the earlier poster selected on that basis, but I also experimented with using the sunlight to block out the protagonist's face (inversing the shadow idea!).

At this point I still hadn't seen the movie, which was in post production, so I was working off the synopsis alone. This wasn't a major problem - except without having seen the film (just production stills), I was unsure what the mood would be, and what quality things like the lighting would have.

Movie poster fun

The Orator #1: I've been working on a movie poster for the first commercial feature film made in Samoa, called The Orator - O le Tulafale. So, a fantastic project, which I was really excited to work on. The movie will be out in October in New Zealand, so I thought I'd show off a few of the concepts I started with when I first took on the job in Febuary 2011.

I roughed these up in PhotoShop and InDesign after sketching some ideas down. It was a tricky proposal, juggling the commercial requirements with the cultural, and in addition (as specified by the clients) keeping the main character largely anonymus.

They chose the bottom left concept to work with.