After deciding to add and alter a few things on my Film Poster, here is the final draft and hopefully will be the final copy of one of the supporting pieces. I have encountered another problem that I may to resolve which is the ‘Legend of the Autumn Stone’ title, because it is white and it blends in at the end with the background. I have experimented with different colours that I believe will go with the colour scheme but then I thought It would look mismatched and busy which might spoil it. I have also found a better font which also reflects the fantasy genre. I prefer this one to the font in the previous draft as it was far too curly and is similar to the main title. I also like how it suits the nature theme of the poster where I think it relates to the trees and the jagged shapes that I have incorporated such as the leaves that glide around the page.
One of the most important things of a film poster is to make sure it contains a lot of colour and a good key image because that is what gives the first impression of a film. If people are attracted to what they see, it will increase the amount of hype and a bigger and wider audience will want to see it.
To make the main character seem more powerful and controlling over the audience, I have added some bright white glows around her using a brush and clicked on to it a few times to make it brighter. The information that you usually see on a film poster are actors and a director so I added more text and moved it further to the bottom so it didn’t, like the title blend in with the white on the other characters clothing. Now my poster is completed, I noticed that on my film trailer draft I have included the date the film will be released in 2012 but on my poster it says November 2011. So that all my products are consistant I have had to change the date my film will come out in cinemas on the poster and while I was doing this I decided to change the font for the text because I felt that it brought more of the genre onto it and delicate where as it was prevously quite bold which I think is also key in attracting an audience.
Here is the first draft of my film poster that I have managed to create using Adobe Photoshop CS5. There have been some minor adjustments since the last one such as the title which has been finally added in and an extra character is in the background. There is also now some typical conventions that a professional film poster has which is the information and the date the film will be released.
To create my film poster I firstly got the image that would work best on the front and changed the saturation and contrast of it so it was brighter and a little bit darker. I then lassoed it so that the shape of the character was selected and dragged it on to my forest background and posistioned the image over the far side of the poster so that there was room to see the scenerey and my other character. I found it quite difficult to edit the background as I wanted it to look quite sunny and mysterious so I used a normal paint brush and drew in the light beams coming down from the gap in the trees and decreased the opacity.
This proved to be quite hard as the day I filmed on and took the pictures was quite foggy and dull however this worked out better for the filming as it was dark inside the forest which helped my actors perform well in the surroundings, making it seem more believable even if it was really cold! I had to try and make the pictures look the same as the background so that it looked as if she was actually in the forest.
I have found the layout of the poster has changed, this is because I have come up with new ideas since my plan and some of the things I wasn’t able to do such as blending images in with the background.
Through my research of posters I have seen that many have the villain on it and even a main character and there would also be other versions of it. I like how I have given this possibilty, meaning that it can be changed for any place it will be advertised in, such as in form of a magazine advert or billboard in a local cinema.
Due to some technical problems, I have had to leave the filming for the moment and move on to the print products so over the past week I have been trying to produce a first draft of my Film Poster and Magazine cover on Photoshop. I have come across so many difficulties yet I am now finding it much easier to operate the programe and use the tools and layers.
Here is a copy of the draft so far without text. I am going to add the text afterwards and begin to edit my chosen title and font where I will then be able to put it into an appropriate layout to make it look more like a good quality poster. At the moment I am quite pleased with what I have achieved and learnt whilst completing this task however I think the image is a bit small to fit any information on.
As part of the Ancillary tasks which are the supportive pieces for the main film, I have taken some pictures after the filming and thought about the ones that I could possibly use for the products. For each of these images I think that they could be edited in different ways to make it more dark or brighter so it is clearer and their faces don’t seem too foggy. I might even be able to zoom in on sections so it doesn’t look like it is too far away. I have also looked at some good Photoshop tutorials on how I can achieve an effect that will give my products a more mystical look such as landscape manipulation which is the key think I need to look at to make my print products more thought-provoking.
After reading over these, I have thought about using different sceneries blending into my background to give it more depth and a sense that it is much bigger.
A couple of weeks before the holidays i thought the best way of getting used to the programs we had been taught to use was by practicing, so during a few lessons and my time off now i selected some images of the Internet to try more different effects on them and any i could potentially use in the media coursework.
I excitingly found a rather effective tool which allows you to add a stamp of an image to the picture you are editing such as below i have decided to use the star shape which can be printed on or used like the brush tool (there are also a leaf shape along with circles and squares). I selected a picture of the ‘Glee’ actress Lea Michelle and changed the colour of the background from Pink to Lilac, then adding the stars over the top. I really like how stars gradually go from a dark shade to getting lighter towards the top of the image . To change the colour of her hair i made a layer and chose a deep red colour and made it transparent so it still looks like her hair and not like paint
Kepping to the ‘Glee’ theme i found a cast image and decided to use the same stamp tool but changing the colour each time producing a rainbow effect. I made each of the stars a different size whilst keeping them near to each other so it presents a flowy pattern round the edge. I then, using the eraser removed the FOX logo. Even though they are quite simple examples, I overall have enjoyed producing these edits because i feel i am improving my photoshop skills which means i will be more confident in using it in the future.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 is an extremely useful and professional piece of software used to edit different images in many ways such as enhancing them, manipulating them and even for creating pieces right from the beginning. It is a very versatile program because it can be used by everybody in many different professions like photographers, Artists and even people in journalism. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photoshop-cs5/getting-started-gs-what-is-photoshop-cs5/.
From the above tutorial i learnt that not just these sort of professions use Photoshop but also the less obvious ones like people in medicine, scientists and forensic investigators therefore it is considered a particularly important tool. To get the amount of aid needed to successfully apply the certain tools to my digital images i would have to go directly to a specific tutorial relating to that tool as this one only gives me a brief overview of them all that are available. For example this one >> http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photoshop-cs5/photo-effects/ It shows you all the different ways of modifying a picture such as colour effects, applying sepia tones and even making them negative so it looks kind of scary.
Source- The Photoshop tutorials
I haven’t had as much experience with Photoshop as i thought it was quite hard to use however after watching the tutorial i now clearly understand what to do and how i can get the intended effect. Whilst having ago on the original image below i followed the instructions to give it an old look but i wanted to explore the things i could change about the picture so ventured of on my own and i added the rain tool, making the picture have small lines across it to look like rainy weather. Then i added a black and white layer which really impressed me as i managed to change the mood in the image which seemed to be negative rather than the happy, sunny day in the original. It also appears to be quite Gothic.
I think i have really improved my skills in Photo modifying because i was able to turn a picture into something else.