About a month ago my wife and I went out to the local theater to get our movie fix on. During the previews, a clip popped up of the upcoming Joss Whedon's remake of Shakespeare's, Much Ado About Nothing. Joss Whedon's movies and TV credits range from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the recent Avenger's movies, so he's a big time Director!
I'm not really not much of a Shakespeare person, the whole Old English thing is kind of like listening to someone talking about math problems, but what happened at the end of the preview was what grabbed my attention. Right after the preview ended, Joss Whedon came on the screen and announced that he was having a fan movie poster contest for his Much Ado About Nothing movie. He made the movie in 12 days at his home and on his own dime, and was looking for a new take or alternate version of the current version of the movie poster already out. The winner would get their poster in all Regal Theaters! That sold me!
Being a movie buff and a digital artist who loves making movie style type images, I figured this was right up my alley. And with only a week before the entry deadline, I needed to do some quick research on a story I've never read and get some ideas on paper.
I thought the original idea for the poster was pretty clever (left), but I obviously didn't want to copy it. There was no access to hi-res images from the movie; only screenshots off the internet, and since it needed to be printable, I didn't want to go down the road of using less then usable images as the design. So that left me to come up with my own take on what would represent the characters and overall mood and feel of the movie.
One of the hard parts about developing a look for a movie is never having seen the movie! So, after reviewing the trailer several times, going to Wikipedia and then reading the Cliff notes for the play, I felt I had a glimpse of what I was going to do.
With a woman named Hero, a detective named Dogberry, a plan to marry and a plot to deceive-the story has it all. I think there was even a kitchen sink somewhere in the background? The majority of the story takes places amongst friends and relatives during a house party. So, I decided to set up and photograph a still life that symbolized all the people and activities that were taking place in the story as this party was in full swing.
After collecting all the items for the shoot, I wanted to arrange everything in a way that made it look like they were just thrown or placed on a party table yet still had the feel that they were all connected and had reason for being there. After many hours of set-up, shooting and post-production work, the resulting images were created.
Decision day was fast approaching and I believed I had a pretty good shot at winning. Ultimately however, the decision was going to be made by one person and one person only and that was the director of the movie, Joss Whedon. Not knowing his style, his likes or dislikes, and out of 360+ entries it was going to be a crap shoot on who was going to win.
"As the new day arose and treacherous decisions were made of unintended consequence, an unpleasant fate had befallen mine abilities and sought to bring about thy downfall. Rife with competition and rich with disappointment, I saw upon the horizon a riding doom of an unhappy ending, methinks!"
Greg "Shakespeare" Agee.
Yeah, that means I lost. This story does not have a happy ending! I did not win the contest, not 2nd or even 3rd place. Not even mentioned in the runner-ups. Sad face goes here!! Oh well...