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.

You will also be tasked with creating a picece of custom typography or a logo to represent your movie and be featured on your poster.

  • Green Room (2016)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Seven (1995)
  • GhostBusters (1984)
  • Repo Man (1984)
  • Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Gremlins (1984)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Edward Scissorhands. (1990)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Spring Breakers (2013)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Roadhouse (1989)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • They Live (1988)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Point Break (1991)
  • Heat (1995)
  • Dead Poets Society (2012)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • Blade (1998)
FINAL DELIVERABLES:
  • (1) 18”x24” Printed Poster
  • Digital Process Book
SCHEDULE:
2 / 5 / 19  

IN CLASS

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

HOMEWORK

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

Make a word list and use visual disgrams to come up with symbols and ideas. What symbols can you combine to create new ideas? Print off and bring to class.

(25) Sketches of symbols. Pencil and paper. Print off and bring to class.

 Take special note of characters, places, symbols and time periods that you can use as we move foward. 

2 / 7 / 19  

IN CLASS

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

IN CLASS

(50) Sketches of possible symbols for your movie. Explore different styles, levels, details and other ideas.

Are you going to draw characters? If so how detailed? Are you going to use objects? Think about what is in your specific movie. 

2 / 12 / 19  

IN CLASS

Review moodboards / styles to explore.

HOMEWORK

Refine your sketches and begin to move them into sets. What framework or style rules can you establish that allow all your symbols to work together to tell the story of the film?

You should have (5) sets of 10 symbols in sketch form for us to review next class. If you need to sketch additonal symbols to better match your sets then you will need to do that as well.

2 / 14 / 19  

IN CLASS

Critique Sketches

HOMEWORK

Refine your sketches and move them into the computer. Continue to explore different executions of your chosen style. Have (3) 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) 

2 / 19 / 19  

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). 

2 /  21 / 19  

IN CLASS

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

Texture Discusssion / Lecture

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. 

2 / 26 / 19  

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.

2 / 28 / 19  

IN CLASS

PROJECT DUE  & Introduce Project 3

HOMEWORK

Begin Project 3