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“The Heart” Movie Poster


You are a graphic designer working for one of the large movie studios in Los Angeles. The studio is planning to release a film called “The Heart” this summer targeted to a variety of audiences. The studio needs ideas for this film, as well as designs for the posters used to advertise them.

The theme of this movie is open to your own interpretation. Anything goes (ie: horror, romantic, comedy, adventure, sci-fi, etc), the goal is to convey an idea of what the movie is about and to invoke interest in the viewer. You may use whatever style as well, painting, illustration, photography, photo manipulation, etc, or combinations of all. Our project is to design an original movie poster for the movie “The Heart.”


Students will develop their compositional/layout skills by applying visual hierarchy principles to both imagery and typography components.


1. Get inspired and research movie posters on the Internet. Look at the different components movie posters provide.

2. Start brainstorming for your Poster. Determine the movie genre, actors/actresses, movie rating, credits, tagline, images/graphics, etc.

3. Develop a proposal on a sheet of paper that contains:

  • Plot Summary: Plan out the basic parts of your film before starting your design. One paragraph including Genre, Title, Tag Line, Plot, Rating, Opening Date, and Characters. List the credits for your film.
  • Sketches: Draw 3 sketches to brainstorm ideas and layouts.
  • Inspiration: Include three movie posters that you like that are in your movie poster genre.

4. Start developing your movie poster in Photoshop.

5. Create a new 11×14 canvas that is 300ppi and in CMYK color mode.

6. Create and Design. Use the requirements below to make sure you include all of the necessary components:

  • imagery you develop in Photoshop must help support the idea  behind  the  movie
  • movie title
  • tag line –(provides more information on the movie besides the title alone)
  • opening movie date
  • Actors & Actresses (at least 2)
  • Credit / Billing block
  • Studio Logo (Paramount Logo provided)
  • MPAA rating (G, PG, PG-13, R – provided)

7. Save the project, with layers, as a Photoshop .psd called: MoviePoster_(YourInitials)

8. Flatten the file and save it as a .JPG for submission.

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  2. Choose a theme

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  4. Describe with engaging text

    As well as adding the title of your movie, you may also want to add details such as credits, a release date and a brief synopsis. You can do all of this by clicking the “Text” link at the top of the page.

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