Notes 1

Some notes taken during my Seminar class this fall semester, either suggestions or thoughts I was having during discussion,


-Mentioned a 2D master copies assignment from Freshman year using cut paper. Perhaps try this with movie posters?

-Figure out a way to bring movie poster to people? Since most people don’t go out of their way to see movie posters, they only happen to see them if they’re going to the theater mostly.

-Make list posters. For example, make a checklist of stereotypes in movie poster design.

-People see posters, but don’t always realize that they are. For example, Netflix icons are the movie’s poster, just formatted to fit the thumbnail size, but many don’t know this.

-Make posters to draw people in about points of interest

-Conceive and market a Film Festival?

-Make posters on random or everyday objects. Misuse movie posters. Use them impractically? For example, a movie poster where a jug of milk is the star.

-Japanese movie pamphlets/program books are AWESOME, I wish we did that here.

-Why is it that I love movie posters? Explore this more.

-Maybe I like the posters more so as art, rather than having it make or break my decision to see a movie. Though, sometimes seeing a really cool poster online definitely makes me want to go and check out the movie. Kind of like how a book’s cover can entice someone to read the story inside. I also think I love movie posters for their designs, however many are following the same generic setups there are still some beautiful posters out there. Also, if the poster is really good and I really loved the movie, I love it even more because it represents that movie in some way.


Senior Thesis: Take Two

Below you’ll find my revised proposal for my senior thesis. This time with more of a direction based on the things I’ve been posting on this blog.

“At the end of last semester’s review panel, I proposed that I would be creating my thesis around movies. I had described a few possible ways I could do this by explaining my interests in movies (the design work in movies, as well as movie posters, and also a personal connection to movies). However, I had too broad of a subject and not much of an actual proposal.

I have taken the summer to work on figuring out what it is that I want to do with movies. You all had some great suggestions for me, such as filming some movies, looking at movie title designs, and starting a blog. I filmed a few videos on my trip to Japan, I’ve been trying to look at movie titles and credits, and I have started a blog (which can be found here: There you will see a variety of posts from me. You will notice that on my blog I gravitate towards movie posters more than any of the other areas. So I believe that is the direction I want to be going in.

But particularly I want to focus my first term of seminar (since I plan to take two terms) on studying the sort of psychology behind movie posters. I’ve noticed patterns and “formulas” that most posters follow in order to be “successful” (at least to the general public). This term I want to focus on breaking down these formulas, and deconstructing them; making my own formulas for interesting and creative movie posters. And in general just experimenting with movie posters.”