Research- Poster and Pose

When looking at the pose for the getting caught scene, we looked into a lot of different movies and other advertisements for inspiration. As mentioned earlier, we were  heavily inspired by Spaced (1999-2001) and Hot Fuzz (2007) for these elements.

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Still from Spaced.

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Still from Hot Fuzz.

Golem/  Sméagol

Golem played a huge inspiration from the start, ever since Cassie drew the below frame in her book.

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Golem inspired drawings by Cassie.

We looked into a lot of the posing of Golem/  Sméagol in the Lord of the Rings movies.

From the innocent look of Sméagol to the more sinister of Golem, there is a great variety in poses from this character. Walking on all fours, Golem is the breakdown of  a once human character to that obsessed by the Ring. It was revealed that this character was influenced entirely by addiction, he is a symbol of man, corrupted by greed and self entitlement. We thought this was very relevant to our own character- her persistent nature to get this ‘necessity’ of the lightbulb, which proves to be her later downfall.

Horror Movie Posters

We looked into a lot of old school horror movie posters as many of these showed the character but in full body pose, to give the audience an idea of what they were in for. Nothing was really hidden or kept as unseen- they needed to entice audiences to this new genre of movie, the title ‘Horror’ not being made official until the 1930s. Universal Pictures (known as Universal Studios nowadays) was the forefront in horror movies, their first highly acclaimed movie being s Dracula (1931), directed by Tod Browning. James Whale then followed with Frankenstein (1931) with the help of Boris Karloff. Karl Freund followed with The Mummy (1932), then James Whale with the Invisible Man (1933), Stuart Walker’s Werewolf in London (1935) and Hambert Hillyer’s Dracula’s Daughter (1936). Information acquired here.

Movie posters were a huge part of advertising around this time as many people did not own a television. Any advertising they saw would have been public- on bus shelters, plastered on walls. In the 1930s, Posters tended to favour bold fonts, with large images of the main character’s face placed over scenes from the movie (see the Frankenstein poster below). In the 1940s, however, posters had less of the scene depiction and the typography was less harsh, not as garish as the previous years.

We noted a lot of the posing of the characters in these posters had extended limbs, their wide stretch fingers/hand giving the true intention and manic behind their mind set. We decided to play with this in our own work- as shown when we took the photos.

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Frankenstein (1931).

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The Wolf Man (1941).

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).

poster_-_frankenstein_02Frankenstein (1943).

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Dracula (1931).

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I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958).

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Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954).

 

 

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