Strawberry Singh has revived her Machinima and Movie Poster Challenge for this month. First run in 2013, you can see details and comments about folk’s lists on Strawberry’s blog. The only thing I would add to her post is that there are also a good number of machinima up on Vimeo too – reader’s of this blog will have read about my dispute with Youtube that I posted here and commented on (artistically) here. There are now a good number of movie posters from others that can be seen in Glasz DeCuir’s Flickr Group.
It’s an interesting challenge, and as I came from graphic design to video, it’s like coming home. I chose one of my own machinima, The Missing Mile, to work with.
The original Brokeback Mountain poster can be found here. One of the interesting things was to actually look at this poster more closely. It has become iconic, recognisable without a second look, which is a good reason to look at it again with fresh eyes! It requires a greenscreen approach for both characters to cut them out, and then set them against a background that is sloping from bottom left to top right. The reflection is suspicious – I had to add that in and I think the same was done with the original. Robin (at the back) had to have part of her right shoulder and arm erased, though it’s possible that Ennis’s larger body thickness would have avoided the need for this in the original. A film grain filter was put over everything on the original.
The close juxtaposition of heads is common in movie posters but here it is a little more natural than most. I used QAvimator to produce the simple head drop pose.
The Brokeback Mountain poster has similarities with other movie posters, as pointed out in this article comparing the Brokeback Mountain and Titanic posters, and this one, which looks at a wider range of posters that are similar to each other. Movie poster design, as with book cover design, has to be distinctive but call on an accepted range of familiar themes in order that they convey a sense of what the film or book is about.
I’ve redone the Vimeo thumbnail for this machinma using this poster. Extracted frames sometimes work well as covers, but not always, and I think I will be doing some more posters for other videos soon.
Update a couple of days later!
I was never too happy with the snapshot preview for my Meet Me At Molly’s machinima, so I got on with doing a new one:
This time, it wasn’t based on a particular movie. However, the ‘lone figure’ is a familiar theme, if not quite as common as showing the two heads of the main characters.