Frank Baker (Copyright, 2012)
This activity has two parts: first, analyzing existing film posters; and secondly, creating posters.
How to locate film posters online:
1. Go to the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com
search for any film, then go to the bottom of the page and look for the link to POSTERS under the PHOTOS & VIDEO category.
2. Or using the Google search engine, enter the title of your film in quotes (e.g. “the bourne legacy”) and the plus symbol (+) and the word “poster” in the search engine,
For example: ” the bourne legacy” + “poster”
Then click the IMAGES option at the top of the page or in the left hand column.
Note: many of the results may be too small to be studied.
Place your cursor on top of any image and look for the phrase “MORE SIZES.” Click that phrase. The returned results will provide you with many options. You should choose the option that returns the largest file size. This can be copied and pasted and inserted into a Powerpoint (or similar program) in order to be projected on a screen.
3. Analyzing and deconstructing the movie poster.
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Creating The Film Poster
Now that participants (teachers or students) have analyzed an existing movie poster, they’re now ready to create one from scratch.
One of the newest, and easiest to use poster creation software is Glogster. Educators can register so that all students have access. Go to: http://edu.glogster.com/
Student produced posters (called glogs) reside online and in addition to conventional features of a poster, these can include audio and/or video elements.
Examples of glogs can be found on the site.
Students can work independently or in groups to create a poster for a film
One suggestion: print out plots of famous films on index cards (without giving away the title of the film). Students have to first figure out what film is being described, after which they brainstorm which quintessential elements must be included in the poster.
Video: Designing A Movie Poster is a great video which takes viewers through a complete analysis of one of the “Star Wars” posters. The video is intended as a tutorial for those learning PhotoShop, but you don’t have to know PhotoShop to appreciate everything explained in the video.