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Cult Film Poster Project


You will design a poster for a cult film.
Poster Format:
11/17, three colors max plus paper color, printed on RISO
Requirements:
Digital and hand collage, minimum three photographic elements. Additional hand drawn/vector imagery allowed.


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Tuesday January 22nd   
Begin research. Watch 3 films by Tuesday, January 29.
- review film list, begin contextual & visual research
- identify at least 10 films, watch trailers & find existing collateral

For Thursday, January 24 (NEXT CLASS), please prepare the following:

Individual Studio Blog
Set up your personal blog for VISC 304. You will post your research assignment to your blog, and share the address with me on Thursday, January 24 for credit.
You will share & discuss your research with the rest of class on 1/29.

Pinterest Account
Set up a Pinterest account.

Kanopy Account (www.kanopy.com)
Kanopy is a film resource that is free and available to you as a KU student. Kanopy has a huge number of art house films, including the Criterion Collection. Sign up using your KU credentials, and you’ll have unlimited monthly movies available.

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Thursday January 24th    

Demo day
- Blogs/pinterest due
- Continue research. Begin ideation and sketches

Cult Film Research: Due Tuesday January 29

1. What is a cult film? How is it defined?

2. From the list provided, identify a minimum of 10 potential cult or genre films to work with. Watch the trailers, read the reviews. Pick movies that you’d be excited to work with.

12 Monkeys
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Alphaville
The American Astronaut
American Movie
An American Werewolf in London
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Attack the Block
Beastmaster
Beyond the Black Rainbow
The Big Lebowski
Big Trouble in Little China
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
Blade Runner
Brazil
Brick
Brigsby Bear
Cabin in the Woods
Cars that Ate Paris
Cloak & Dagger
The Dark Crystal
Dark Star
Donnie Darko
Dredd

Duel
Dune
Drive
Eraserhead
Escape from New York
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Flash Gordon
Fletch
The Fly (Cronenberg, 1986)
Ghostbusters
Ghost Dog
Gleaming the Cube
The Goonies
Gremlins

Groundhog Day
Hackers
Hairspray
Harold and Maude
Heathers
Highlander
Hot Rod
Idiocracy
Labyrinth
La Jetee
Last Starfighter
Looper

The Lost Boys
Mad Max/The Road Warrior
The Monster Squad

Moon

Night of the Creeps
Office Space
Phantasm
Pitch Black
Playtime
Predator
Princess Bride
Rad
Raising Arizona
Repo Man
RoboCop
Rushmore
Scanners
Scott Pilgrim VS the World
Shaun of the Dead
Six String Samurai
Sorcerer
Spaceballs
Speed Racer (2008)
Strange Brew
Streets of Fire
They Live
The Thing
THX 1138
Time Bandits
Tremors
Tron
Two Lane Blacktop
Warriors
What We Do in the Shadows
The Wraith

3. From those 10 films, pick THREE cult films, and watch them before Tuesday, January 29.

For EACH film, answer the following, and post to your blog:

— Film name, director, date of release, link to trailer
— What are the primary theme(s) of the film?
— What are iconic elements from the film? This elements may be characters, action or dramatic scenes, dialogue, objects, etc. Make a list of these as you go.
— What posters/promotional materials have been made for this film?


4. For ONE film that you watch, write a 300 word review. — post to your blog

5. Have fun with this. Pick films that interest YOU, that have the potential for a unique and compelling visual solution.

Poster Research
Research examples of poster design. Include film posters, as well as posters in general, and pick a nice selection to share.

— Find a minimum of twenty examples of posters. What is the concept? How are the images made? How is the poster printed? Be sure to include the designers, studios, etc. that created the poster.
— Find at least five examples that utilize unique
and conceptual imagery, halftones and a limited color palette

— Find at least five examples of type dominant posters

— Find at least five examples of image dominant posters

— Find at least five additional examples of any well designed poster


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Tuesday January 29th  

Individual research presentations & class discussion.
3 films watched. Thematic and conceptual ideation for all 3.    

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Thursday January 31st 

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Tuesday February 5th       

Liberty Hall Field Trip

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Thursday February 7th

Concept pitches & initial sketches due.
Image making workshop & in-studio work session

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Tuesday February 12th   

Work in progress crit, 5 image concepts for chosen film due, w/type studies

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Thursday February 14th   

Studio work session

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Tuesday February 19th

Final poster due.