Poster Creation | Further Development

We have further developed our poster and after planning and bringing together all of our ideas we have finished the first of two bits of ancilliary work.

The poster has been created and the 3 parts that I havent spoken about yet I will do in this post and break down the poster as to how I got the finished product that I am at now with the poster side of the ancillary tasks.

1. Arranging All Files

 This was the part that for some reason took a bit longer than we would have liked for to have done. This was beacause we wanted to maek sure that the tagliens were in the correct place so that it looked professional and not rushed. The title of the poster had been arranged slightly differently and the colour had to changed as well. This is because when we orignally printed the poster the colour of the title was very dark because of the colour scheme which we tried to replicate the colour of blood.  However we had to stick with the original red colour because this was the best colour that prinetd well fo the final outcome.

we were experimenting with different layouts and I think that we must have done 3 – 4 different ways of just moving things around, exporting it to a PDF file and seeing what it looks like without the guidelines that we had on when creating this is InDesign. We wanted to make sure that the whole time this was being created that we were following the typical conventions that we commonly see for horror posters at the moment. Furthermore we didn’t want either the top or bottom to be to crowded with different aspects of the poster.

Layout 1

Layout 1

Layout 2

Layout 2

2. Tidying Up The Poster

Nothing much happened with the tidying up of the poster, however as a whole we were making sure that the poster wasn’t blurry and was looking correct. if it was blurry then this would have taken the whole look of the poster away form the audience and the denotations/connotations wouldnt be as aparent as we would have originally hoped for. But this wasnt the case because the actual cropping of the image made it better and the whole poster better for the final outcome. The layout had been changed on a number of different occasions and this was to ensure that we got the best possible outcome for the poster and that it was correct for the intended tagrget audience that we where aiming this whol project at.

3. Finished Product

This is the finished product for the poster of Forest Of The Unknown. There have been some major chanegs when comparing this to the first draft that we handed in and received fedbcak for. We made sure that the image had been cropped a little bit to ensure that there could more emphasis on the main character within the trailer. The connotations that we wanted to achieve from doing this is that we wanted the audience to fully see the emotion and terror that has been put upon his face as if he has just met the antagonist in person. Furthermore te sole reason of trying to achieve this meant that we had to move most of the features near to the bottom of the page and think that we have achieved this well leaving sufficient space between each feature as well.

A sense of realism is something else that we wanted to have in terms of this lookinh like a real poster for a real film. and the way that we did this was by having the small print at the bottom along with the names of the acotrs and the various company names that where involved in the production, casting and directing of this trailer/film.

We may make some final weeks and touches her and there but with regards to the layout  and the overall look of the poster, we have completed this and now for the next week or 2 we can carry on with the editing of the trailer to make it to the best of our ability as a pair.

Final Version

Final Version

Trailer Creation| Part 3 | More Changes & Feedback

 I am continuing the creation of our trailer for this unit and I have spoken to Sam and we have made some significant changes in relation to the actual content of the trailer. I have added the taglines that we used for the poster at the end of the film to, on some standards give it cliffhanger and leave the audience thinking about the film at the end of the trailer.

We have also had to take out some aspects because after fully giving it a watch through we realised that there are some parts that aren’t related to the genre of horror. This is because we here using transition effects such as the blur effect and cross fades as apposed to using hard jumps, which we have now implemented into the trailer. Furthermore we have made sure that any unnecessary sounds have been edited out and also we had a couple of issues with sound fading out. A side from this I want to makes sure that the trailer follows the conventions that are normally associated with the genre of horror but specifically the sub genre of psychological horror

Furthemore I have received some feedback which has been very helpful from my teacher and this has put some new ideas into my head as to how I can get the best possible grades out of this part of the unit. The feedback was very good because it opened a new door for my editing techniques and has allowed me to include a different piece of horror sound which has made one part of the trailer upbeat and thrilling. As a result this will give off different connotations and denotations to fully get the horror experience into the trailer. I will be coming into school on the inset day, tomorrow (29th November), for a couple of hours tidying up some of the sound clips and then placing it into the trailer and getting closer to the completion of the trailer. Not only this bug I have managed to add the tagline that we have used for the poster at the end of the trailer. This is because we wanted to continue with the connotations of the cliff hangers that are seen so common within horror films. And so because this is at the end of the trailer it isn’t there for too long but gives the audience just enough time to quickly catch a glimpse and the realise that the forest has and the effect that it has on other people.

Tense? Nervous? You'll Remember This Trip....

Not only this but we have made some changes to the first couple of scenes in the way that the content has been ordered such as the logo being at the start of the trailer and the various sounds that have been added in order to make parts of the trailer more fast paced and mote tension building.

Change of order

Change of order

Feedback Vlog

This is a short video that we constructed telling the audience about the very helpful constructive feedback that we got for the first part of our ancillary work. Furthermore this is going to help us to make sure that the poster follows the typical features and conventions that we want to include when producing our own poster of this unit. Not only this but we had the help of our fellow, who we are aiming this project at, and they were the biggest help because they gave us some WWW and EBI and how we can make the poster better and more attracting to the audience.

Poster Creation | First Drafts Complete

We have completed the first draft of our poster which is going towards the ancillary part of the unit. And so in the coming days we will receive feedback on both this and the website that is being created as well. As a result of this feedback we will be acting on this and making the required improvements that is going to help us get the best possible marks for the work that we have done.

Furthermore this will also happen in terms of the trailer that is the main part of this project. We have all been given a copy of the marl scheme to ensure that we are getting as close as we possibly can to getting full marks from the resources and the content that we have recorded and edited so far. I will be keeping this post updated with other developments that have occurred in the coming days/weeks and the progress within construction that has ben happening as well.

Website Creation | Part 1

This is the next stage of our ancillary work and this is the website that we are going to have in which it will support our main production of the trailer for Forest Of The Unknown. This is going to be a fully functioning website and will follow the conventions and relate to the research that we did top see what makes a good horror website and what makes it a successful one as well.

One of the ancillary products that we have to create is a website homepage for the trailer. This will be what a user will see upon entering the website. I feel that this is going to be the part of the project that I’m going to enjoy the most.

There are a few steps that we have to undertake when creating a website. The first of these steps is planning. We will be planning out various designs to ensure that the website is going to look the best for the second part of our ancillary project.

Then the next step is to create mock-ups of the site using Adobe Photoshop  or a similar product to see exactly what the website it going to look like once it has been built. Some changes may occur from the original Wireframe, or even from the finished product.

After this, you actually have to build the website using Adobe Dreamweaver or another product. Dreamweaver is going to be our preferred choice because we have some experience between us and together we can help each other if need through the further stages of development.

In these posts, I will be detailing how we are making the website and the fundamental steps of creating the webiste and the specfic decision that we had to make.

Poster Creation | Bringing Together Ideas

Both me and Sam have both created out own version of the poster within our spare time, when we weren’t carrying on with the website or with trailer. And what we are going to now is we are going to bring the two posters together and hopefully the outcome will be one main poster which will include aspects and key features from both of the posters created.

We want to make sure that the poster has all of the correct angles and content such as title, taglines and other pieces of information ready for the audience to see when they get to the poster and view it for the first time.

With the posters particular conventions and features will be transferred across and one poster will be the final product with all the aspects put together:
In the coming days we will receive feedback from our fellow peers on what is the best poster to use and which aspects of the poster that they like and some aspects that they don’t like and tell us how we can improve it.

The process of getting to these stages were very time consuming in terms of getting the components into the right places to make sure that it looks correct of for the final outcome.

Poster Vol. 1

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Poster Creation | Draft

I have begun the drafting process of the poster for the first part of our ancillary work.

The first thing I have to say is that I am not the greatest of drawers and I have tried to do the drawing to the best that I possibly can. The draft is just to see what the finished is hopefully going to come out like. For the dominant image of this poster we have decided to go for a simple background of just the forest, like the background used on Friday 13th poster, but decided to not go with the victim (Callum) on the front cover. However this may change with further progression throughout the course of this unit. The title of the poster “FOREST OF THE UNKNOWN” will be with a font that we had already selected on cooltext.com because they have a selection of horror fonts and the one that we chose was called “Bloodfeast”. We chose this font because of the way that the blood drips down off of the letters is a good contrast for the plot of our trailer because the blood, along with the colour of blood that we are going to incorporate, connotes the feelings of death, anger and danger which is what we want to give across to the audience.

The lighting of the image is going to be a very dark and dull image because we don’t want it to be to dark so that the audience can’t physically see the image but not to light that it completely gets rid of the image connotations as whole. The features such as the logo and the taglines are going to be created very soon and this will allow us to think of the layout that we will use and connotations that we want to give off.

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Trailer Creation|Part 2

The next stage of the trailer creation has begun and there have been some pretty significant changes. The first and main change that has been made by both me and Sam is the content of the trailer. We have decided to take out the final part of the video, which was the interview stage of the trailer. the reason behind this is because we though that it wouldn’t be right to have this as a part of the trailer because effectively this is the end of the film and we didn’t want this to happen. And so as a result we want the trailer to end on a slight cliff hanger because this is the connotation of a typical horror film that we want to give off for the audience.

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Back to the creation I have added a static type effect for the video and a reason for this was because I researched other films such as Paranormal Activity which had that static effect which gives off the impression that the film has been lost or that the contents of it is damaging to anyone who watches the trailer. I think that effects like this is going to make sure that we follow the typical conventions that are associated with most horror films that are released. At this stage we are still experimenting with lines and things that will hopefully increase the suspense that we want to have in this trailer.

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Furthermore I believe that to give the trailer as much realism as possible we have included the green trailer screen which doesn’t effect the trailer in any way but we think that it makes the trailer look more realistic and like a professional production. There has been further images inserted and other words which will be showing the extent of the film.. This is because at this stage we are roughly 75 – 85% completed in terms of the trailer and what we need to do is we need to carefully go over each piece of footage and the trailer as a whole to make sure that specific audio has been edited correctly an that other background and unnecessary sounds have been removed and that it is to the best of our ability.

Poster Creation| Part 3

We have had a bit of a role change within our group and Sam is going to take over the rest of the poster from which I have started to create. This is because he has now completed the website that we have decided and constructed for this unit of work. As a result I am going to be fully focused and concentrated on the editing of out film trailer to make sure that it is the best of our and my own ability.

My final draft of the poster:    

This is the final stage that I have got to and I have taken some inspiration from other horror posters that we had been researching whilst the creation of this poster had begun. The tagline for “coming Soon” has been situated at the top of the poster because our research showed us that most of the information about the film is placed at the top of the poster and then at the bottom of the poster I have started to include the small print such as the  creator, director, production/casting tam etc. From this point on Sam will be taking over and there is still some aspects that we need to include such as the logo and various other conventions such as the taglines to give it that really horror feel.

I changed the place of the title as well and gave it the effect of being stacked on top of each other. And this was changed because of further inspiration at I got when me and Sam constructed some further research to find out what makes a good horror film poster.

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Draft Poster

Before I got to this stage I was experimenting with other postions for the title and also experimenting with different taglines as well. On this copy I was using the same Bloodfeast font because not only had decided on this font but it still gives off the right connotation that are associated with horror posters. The tagline was something that I was playing around with whilst constructing the image was what type of tagline should we have. The whole idea of the tagline was going to something that would stick in the mind of the audience and the connotation that I wanted was that I wanted the forest to see as a person and in a way because the forest is the antagonist this is something that the audience will hopefully respond well to and so I came up with:

I dont know if we are going to change the tagline in any way but we have been communicatin and there some other ideas that we have floating around in our heads. so we will test them out and see which one looks better for the poster of Forest Of The Unknown.

Tagline1 copy

The next stage of development was deciding where the title of the film should go. I was looking at the research and planning that I had done and I staretd to see a pattern with the title and this was that of the title was fairly long, then it would be stacked on top of each other and, personally, I wanted to do this as well. However to fully denotate the feelings of all horror posters I had to think of where the title was going to go. this was because the posters researched either had the title stretched across the middle or near the top of the page.

The title must be in the perfect place for the poster because this is what is going to attract the audience and entice them into the poster to get them to watch the film/trialer in the first place. And so as a result at the moment the title is going to kept at the top of the page because this the main thing that people look at when they see the poster, the top.

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Poster Creation Part 2

I have now hit the next stage of development for the poster and I am now up to the stage of combining all of my ideas for the poster and coming up with quick drats for the poster/ancilliary work.

The first idea was the picture that I was going to use and this has been decided by me and Sam and we chose a picture of our actor, Callum Henn, looking behind him and looking as if he has just seen the horrific creature which may have taken the life of his best friend. The lighting of the picture is very important because it means that you can really see the expression of the victim and you can establish the level of fear that running through his veins.

The pink lines are colums that are there as placeholders for text/images

The pink lines are colums that are there as placeholders for text/images

I think that the location is a very good and secluded place as well. This is the perfect location for this because the secludedness of the area is ideal for a horror film because it means that help is going to be very miniscule and as a result something terrible is bound to happen to the victims of the forest.

This is the first stage of the creation for the poster, we had included other images as a replacement to see what they would look like but we believe that this picture is the right one for the job in hand.

The next part of the creation that I had done was to include the logo of our film company and thinking of taglines is a common convention of most poster posters and we want to make sure that we follow these conventions and carry them over onto our own ancilliary work. This is the dominant image that we have chosen for the moment but we are still currently experimenting with different close ups on photoshop but I will be showing and evidencing this very soon.

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We had been further experimneting with diffferent ideas and ways in which we were going to have the layout of the conventions such as the logo and the positioning of the masthead as well. Furthermore we kept on checking real life examples of horror posters to try and get the same sort of feel and if it wasnt correct or didnt look like a horror poster, we would change it again and adapt it to make it look more appealing to the audience.