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Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Assignment S15

Lots of film titles lend themselves to a photographic representation, such as Reservoir Dogs, Brief Encounter, Notting Hill, and The Italian Job. Choose one of your favourite films and imagine that you have been asked to shoot a poster to promote the film. You need to produce a striking image that is not only attention-grabbing, but can also immediately communicate what the film is about.

The twist is that your poster has to be shot on the streets, using only the people and locations you find – certainly no models or sets!

Your photograph can be in black and white or colour, but it’s generally best to take your lead from the movie.

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Technique

  • Shoot in both portrait and landscape format (most posters are reproduced in both formats), leaving clear space for the designer to add the film title and other text
  • A simple, striking image with well-defined shapes will work better than one with lots of detail.

Field Notes

  • If you’re pleased with the result, have your favourite image printed as a poster. You could even add text to make it as ‘real’ as possible.
  • This could be a scene from a classic gangster movie with a gritty background, sinister lighting, and the two cars ready to make a swift getaway.