graphic design

Film Poster

Roles

Designer Content writer

Tools

Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator

Outcome

While this poster was not used officially for the film, I got to work with a client and distill their film into a poster that tells a story and makes people want to see the film.
*note: this is not the actual film poster*

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My final film poster

The situation

I designed a poster for an independent film about the nuclear testing that happened in New Mexico and its effects on the community there today.

My concept

One theme of the film that stuck out to me was how New Mexico was forgotten about, ignored, and lied to by the government. I wanted to capture that in my poster, while also emphasizing the incredible people fighting for justice.

The design process

Iteration

I went through multiple different versions of my poster before I arrived at a final design.

The first iteration of my film poster The second iteration of my film poster The third iteration of my film poster

The U.S. has an odd shape!

Laying out the poster was surprisingly difficult because the shape of the United States (which contained my collage) is very irregular, with lots of curves and jagged edges. This led to odd gaps of trapped space, which made the balance of the poster feel messy. To fix this, I made the United States very large and positioned it to take up most of the poster so that area around New Mexico was the focal point. This allowed me to utilize the trapped space to draw attention to the bottom left corner, which is where I put the text.

Design decisions

Outcome

While this poster was not used officially for the film, I got to work with a client and distill their film into a poster that tells a story and makes people want to see the film.

Final design

My final film poster

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