Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Murder Times Five

This was an idea for a faux-movie poster I had months ago, and despite numerous false starts (where whatever I tried just didn't work) I never quite gave up on it, determined to try and see the concept through.

The concept, as I saw it in my head, was a central figure--a detective or cop of some sort--surrounded by colorful puzzle pieces, which would each feature portraits of some shady dame that would, in true film noir fashion, be sexy and dangerous.

At some point in the process, I decided to make the film be a modern one, but with a twist--it would somehow integrate modern actresses (clockwise from left: Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Monaghan, Scarlett Johannsen, Charlize Theron, and Cate Blanchett) with Jimmy Stewart. Of course, as a film fan, that's a horrible, gimmicky idea, and one that I would never actually want to see as a real movie. But for the purposes of this poster, it worked just fine.

I played around a lot with the bottom half, but virtually anything I added made it look too busy and took away from the all the stuff up top, so I just added the requisite text and trademarks. Looking back on it, I'm not sure I quite pulled it off--at least compared to what I saw in my head--but at least I can say I saw it through!


Wings said...

I love it, Rob, gimmicky or not!

How about a version with the five ladies being contemporaries of Stewart? Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh, Doris Day, etc. Would LOVE to see that!

Wings said...

Awesome piece, btw.

bish8 said...

Very cool. I'd want to see the movie based on the poster - gimmick or not . . .