‘The Bone Collector’My group and I like the layout of this film poster as it includes the two main charactersand places them in such a way that it presents their relationship to the audience; theyappear to have formed a united front against the unseen antagonist. This is shownthrough their positions; they are standing close together and appear to be looking atthe same thing suggesting they have a common goal in mind. The poster also includesan action shot at the bottom, it is of the character Amelia Donaghy searching a railwayline with a torch and light, this suggests she is investigating the murders with the helpof Lincoln Rhyme, played by Denzel Washington. The colours used suggest that thecharacters are being lit by a candle’s light or some kind of naked flame, this suggeststhe theme of mystery and uncovering secrets, therefore presenting the poster as apsychological thriller.
‘Chloe’Similarly to our film ‘Eve’, the producers of ‘Chloe’ have named their film after themain character. However, the focus of the poster is not on the protagonist but theantagonist. My group and I like the idea of having an extreme close up and making thefilm poster highly cryptic however, we would really love to feature both theprotagonist and the antagonist in our poster. The photo of Chloe has had its contrastand brightness increased suggesting extreme exposure to light and introducing theidea of secrecy and uncovering it.
‘Awake’Similarly to ‘The Bone Collector’, this poster includes an action shot of thecharacter Clay Beresford on the operating table with the possible antagonistsaround him. The character of Sam Lockwood is in the foreground suggestingthat she is the protagonist, her husband is in the background, looking down atthe operating table suggesting a supernatural element to the film. My groupand I like the contrast of dark and light and think the mystery that surroundsthe poster causes it to be extremely intriguing.
‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’My group and I like the layout of this poster as it displays both protagonists.However, the way in which it is presented causes the audience to question therelationship between the two characters featured. Placing the character ofMikael Blomkvist in the foreground looking directly at the camera suggests he isthe main protagonist and is unaware of the presence of Lisbeth Salander who ispositioned in a profile shot. The profile shot suggests Lisbeth is somehow an echoof Mikael and presents the film as a psychological thriller. The colours usedsuggest a foreboding atmosphere or the theme of secrecy as the greybackground is reminiscent of fog or mist. At the bottom of the poster, a shot of ahouse covered in snow is used, this suggests the main setting of the film or thesource of the mystery the protagonist is trying to uncover.
Chiaroscuro lightingMany of these film posters use an effect called Chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro in artis "an Italian term which literally means light-dark. Chiaroscuro lighting is anartistic term dating back to the Renaissance that is noted by the contrastbetween dark and light. It is often used in a bold manner so that it has anoticeable and dramatic effect on the entire composition of a work. Manypsychological thrillers use this technique in their film posters because thecontrast between light and dark creates a sense of mystery and obscurity, italso adds clear tonal contrasts which are often used to suggest the volumeand modelling of the subjects depicted.