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Movie poster completed!

Well, it’s finally done. I spent a LOT of time on this and i have to say, i’m pretty happy with the result! I decided to have a bit of fun with my poster and mix two things that shouldn’t really be mixed. I wanted my movie poster to be based on 300, just because i think it’s a great movie, but i thought to myself, “What’s something that complete clashes with 300 but would be fun to experiment with?” and the answer was My Little Pony. And to be perfectly honest seeing the whole thing develop was really funny and entertaining to watch and kept me motivated in making the poster!

For the poster composition, i was looking around for 300 movie posters and hoping to get some inspiration from them when i came across one where the spartans were kicking the persians off the cliff, and the cliff it’s self was in an L shape which would be perfect for my movie poster. It essentially keeps the viewers attention to what’s happening above the cliff, and would be really good for what i wanted to achieve with my poster.

here’s the original image:


(Source: http://www.freeinfosociety.com/media/images/3491.jpg)

In regards to the layout of my poster. I took into account the golden ratio/divine proportion when planning what i wanted from my poster. The cliff acted as an excellent image to start with because it essentially cuts off 1/4 of the image which i was going to use for my titles and meant i had 3 other hot spots on the image to use. So with this in mind i knew i wanted a spartan on the top right of the image and something reasonably large to take up the other two hot spots on the left side. So i decided what better to use, than something that actually fits in with the mythology, a hydra. The hydra i made from vectors on photoshop and to be honest probably was the most amount of work out of the whole image, but i had a lot of fun making it!

The design was based on these images:

(Source 1: http://th09.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2012/078/9/9/is_that_a_hydra___by_spacekingofspace-d4t7xvs.png

Source 2: http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/154/4/f/the_hydra_by_pageturner1988-d3hxwf2.png)

I made vector traces of faces i thought would be good for my poster just due to the fact i could resize them as wanted and they wouldn’t lose any quality.

My drawing i used for my poster was actually the sword that Twilight is holding. I decided to use a scimitar since it seemed most fitting and based my drawaing upon on this image:

(Source: http://www.renblades.com/Arabic%20Scimitar.jpg)

…and this is the drawing i produced, sadly, i am no artist when it comes to pencil and paper.

I tried to use vanishing points to get the same width on either side of the blade, which i think i achieved in the end and added some shading on the sharp edge of the blade. I then edited in photoshop by turning it into a basic vector image and it was ready to be put into my movie poster

As for what tools i used for my poster, needless to say  i got pretty familiar with the pen tool which i used to create all the vectors i used. For the sun effect in the middle of the image, i got a soft white brush and made a circle shape then applied a radial blur above it to create a sunbeam effect. When selecting the cliff, i made a rough selection with quick selection, polygonal lasso and the regular lasso tool (the magnetic lasso was a bit unreliable when trying to get an accurate selection of the cliff). Once i made the rough selection, i used Refine Edge to get a neater selection. I then used this neater selection as the cliff you see in my poster. (touching up any rough spots with the brush setting with the eraser tool)

With the text, i used a few effect layer styles to get an effect that helps it stand out and be noticed within the image. And for the colour of the gradient of each character, i decided to use similar colours of the stroke and fills i used for the Twilight and Hydra vectors, just to make them unique from each other. For a bit of fun and to make it look nicer, i put an image behind each name and lowered the opacity of it, so that the text was still easily readable. The blood effect was achieved by using a brush and just getting a dark red colours and mixing a few combinations of brushes together to get a nice blood splatter effect that spread across the width of the title.

For the sky layer, i used the hue and saturation adjustment to get a similar yellowish tint on the image, which is what the original 300 poster had. One tool i used on the sky layer, was the patch tool, just where the ground meets the sky, i decided to use the patch tool to get a similar looking sky on either side of the hydra and did any extra touching up using the healing brush tool. I also used the hue and saturation adjustment on the ground too, but wanted it to be a bit darker, so that you could easily distinguish the ground and the sky. And as for my role in the movie poster, i found an image of a spartan and got a picture of myself, made a rough selection of my head (similar to what i did with the cliff) and used refine edge to get a smoother outline. Once i was happy with the result, i placed on my head on the spartan (after i had used the eraser tool to remove the current head!).

So in conclusion, this was probably the most fun assignment i’ve ever been issued, it was a lot of work and i probably made it more work than what was necessary, but because i found it so enjoyable, it was more of a joy to do, as opposed to a chore. I like the fact i had free rein to do as I pleased with this poster (within reason of course) and hopefully my hard work shows!

Final .PSD link : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Poster/Final%20Poster.psd


My other .PSD links

First Hydra Head: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/First%20head.psd

Second Hydra Head: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Second%20head.psd

Third Hydra Head: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Third%20head.psd

Fourth Hydra Head: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Fourth%20head.psd

Hydra body: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Body%20Vector.psd

Twilight: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Twilight%20final%20vector.psd

Star: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Twilight%27s%20star.psd

Spartan Helm: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Spartan%20Helm%20Finished.psd

Hydra Text background vector: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Hydra%20head%20text.psd

Sword: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Sword%20Vector.psd

Spartan text background (simply a recolour of the spartan helm vector, but i’ll include it anyway): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/53883288/Movie%20Poster/Human%20helm%20done.psd


Resouce images used:

(delete the “x” in between the 1080 and 1920 and type the “x” back in again and the link will work)

(The link above keeps displaying as an image rather than a link, i don’t know why)


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