Project Two
Film Symbology

For this assignment you will be creating series of icons/symbols to tell the plot of a film. (18-20 symbols total)

These will be layed out in the a poster chronologically to tell the story of the film. In addition you will create a mark or symbol to represent the film as a whole. This can be typographic, symbolic or a mix of both. For the movies you can choose from the list below.

These symbols should be limited in complexity in order to work at smaller scale. It’s important to remember that these should not be illustrations in the traditional sense. Your goal to be to convey the major plot points of the movie as simply as possible. These symbols should not be vignettes of stills from the movie. You will need to use symbolism from the film to convey overall meaning without illustrating it scene by scene.

MOVIE CHOICES:
  • Green Room (2016)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Seven (1995)
  • GhostBusters (1984)
  • Repo Man (1984)
  • The Black Coats Daughter (2015)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Edward Scissorhands. (1990)
  • The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • They Live (1988)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Moon (2009)
  • Heat (1995)
  • Dead Poets Society (2012)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • The Warriors (1979)
FINAL DELIVERABLES:
  • (1) 18”x24” Printed Poster
SCHEDULE:
8 / 29 / 18  

IN CLASS

Introduce project 2 and introuce possible movie choices. Watch trailers and look at examples. Choose which movie you want to watch.

HOMEWORK

Watch your movie over the weekend (Perhaps twice?). Take notes over the major plot points and storyline. Take special note of characters, places, symbols and time periods that you can use as we move foward. 

Make three moodboards with styles of illustraiton and concepts. Think about how your style of illustation could possibly relate your film choice?

9 / 5 / 18  

IN CLASS

Take a look at moodboards and discuss posssible directions. Talk about symbolism and icon sets.

IN CLASS

Begin sketching in relation to overall plot as well as exploring how your symbols can hold together. Also look at how you can explain major plot points. (50 sketches) 

9 / 10 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique sketches and choose a two moodboards / styles to explore.

HOMEWORK

Continue to sketch and refine into sets within your chosen moodboards. For example are you going to draw characters? If so how detailed? Are you going to use objects? Think about what is in your specific movie. Have 25 style explorations of symbols from 2 moodboards to share next class. 

9 / 12 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique Sketches

HOMEWORK

Chose final directions. Refine your sketches and move them into the computer. Continue to explore different executions of your chosen style. Have two sets of 10 symbols in your choosen styles to show next class. Continue to explore variations in color and style. Start looking at logo or custom typography for your poster. (25 sketches) 

9 / 17 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique Drafts / Style Sets

HOMEWORK

Pick a final direction/set and create all your symbols in that particular style. Explore color and keep simplicity in mind. Refine sketches for custom type or logo. Move them into the computer. (10 differnet logotypes to review next class). 

9 / 19 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique icons in final directions and look at ways to improve overall consistency. 

HOMEWORK

Finish and refine all your icons. Print out on two 11x17's and bring to class next time. Begin to look at overall compossition and think about different ways your poster could be layed out. Do 5 different potential layouts of the poster. Continue to explore color pallette as well. 

9 / 24 / 18  

IN CLASS

Critique sets

HOMEWORK

Continue to refine your symbols and layout. Really get into details and make things consistent. Would suggesst printing things off at full size so you can see how things look at that scale. Also begin to explore printing on alternative or colored papers (Test this before you print the final as colors may appear muted or different). Final is due next class. See Deliverables for sizes.

9 / 26 / 18  

IN CLASS

PROJECT DUE  & Introduce Project 3

HOMEWORK

Begin Project 3