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3 Examples of film posters (annotated)
These all seemed to have a few conventions which were similar with one another but all had certain aspects that made them unique.
For example, they all seemed to be structured in columns rather than as a big block paragraph. This is to make it easier for the audience to chunk some information and remember where they left off reading.
They all seemed to also have a colour scheme which matched with the colour scheme of the film being reviewed. This is down to marketing strategies by the producers which would lead to audiences being able to better recognise the film.
Two of the three annotated posters also have a film review score using stars- something I intend on incorporating into my magazine plan personally.
They all show great depth of field too, to highlight the importance (or lack there of) of certain characters, objects or features.
I made a guideline to help me write a review for myself:
FILM REVIEW STRUCTURE
- Title of film
- Play on words
- Gives background into the film and its creation
- Usually begins with features associated with a key director/producer/actor.
- May reference key features with certain films/ genres
- Puts us in the setting (At 5PM in Eminönü Square in the Faith District of Istanbul…)
- Introduces the plot
- Mentions directorial/ acting details
- References the placement of setting and says why it is common or uncommon of that film
- Mention the opposing tensions in the plot
- Quotes from actors/directors
- Get a feeling for what is at stake because of being submerged in the plot.
- The review
- Uses evidence to back up why it is good/bad
- Reference to the director/ franchise’s previous films and why they are better/worse
- Gives a general overview to conclude why the film was good/bad
- Statistics to back it up
- Conclude with a director’s quote that shows their aims/ ambitions for the film/ franchise.
- Direct Address
- Repetition of names
- Descriptive writing
- Emotive nouns
- Little Paragraphs
- Large first letter
- Repetition of idea
- Very clearly opinion based
- Spoken like a professional, opinion is valued
- 3rd Person narrative
- Chatty/ Casual but sophisticated vocabulary.
Layout/ Design Features Writing is anchored to
- Headline is large
- Headline and subheadline set the tone of positivity or negativity.
- Image is focused on in review
I also looked at film review structure from two reviews from the magazine which had my desired style, ‘Total Film’.