Monday, February 28, 2011

Please check out my statement about two movie posters and explanation of changes.....

My two poster choices are very different, similar, ironic and opposite in some ways.  Training Day, starring Denzel Washington was a pretty violent movie, the main character was very cold blooded, heartless, ghetto fabulous and plain old gangster bad cop!  While training a Caucasian rookie cop, he was careless and plain mean.  He was not to be trusted, so the rookie had to come to the realization that he was on his own and the “training” was in no way fair and the expectation was to survive the so called training.  This movie opens in 2001, very relevant to today’s perception of the hood, drug life and/or under the table activities of bad cops.  This guy flick is a thriller with fights, guns, murder, drugs, gang activity and more.   There is a very dark side in the color scheme of this poster and the clothes and jewelry worn are perceived as typical gangster, just like the movie.  The racial tension in this movie was very apparent, but the rookie cop is the minority.
Guess who’s coming to dinner on the other hand, a love story made in 1967, during a time when fighting for racial equality was in every newspaper and every television news report.  Interracial marriage was still illegal in many states of the USA.  It was definitely taboo that a Caucasian girl from a well to do family and African American doctor would fall in love over a 10 day vacation to Hawaii, and then expect both sets of their parents and friends to accept their desire to marry.  This definitely was a chick flick, because of the love story.  But because there was a serious political storyline brewing, the audience size grew.  The entire world was watching this movie for its’ controversial subject matter. 
My changes are to the poster for the movie, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."  I added to this poster a picture of the African American parents (Glenn & Richards) and you can see the expression on the face of Mr. Prentice (Glenn) is surely disapproval.  Both wives had to convince their racist husbands that they should allow the young couple to make their own decisions.  Also, I darkened background, added ghetto-graffiti, and other actor names.  The original color scheme in the poster was light, bright and optimistic, kind of like the two people in love.  The pictures of Tracy & Hepburn were arbitrary portrait shots obviously not family portraits.  I kept these visuals because they work in my poster design.  Included a clip of the cook (Isabelle Sanford) and the betrothed, Joey Drayton (Houghton), it appears these two ladies were arguing.  A small picture of Monsignor Ryan (Cecil Kellaway), priest and friend of old line liberal Matt and Christina Drayton (Tracy & Hepburn).  Monsignor was the voice of tolerance, and is now located on Matt’s shoulder.  The love story is lost in the new poster, even the love birds look a little shady now.

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