Media Studies Coursework Film Posters

How To Analyse a Film Poster

When analysing any film poster you need to consider the following points:

Begin by identifying the film and date of its release.

Types of poster:Identify which type of poster it is:

The Teaser poster -This poster contains basic information to whet your appetite. It often does not indicate much about the plot, but may have a picture of the stars, and the name of the film.


The main theatrical poster- This contains information about the production personnel, the stars, and the distributors.

Video/DVD release poster - This one comes out when the film is released on DVD/video and often has all of the above plus short, one line reviews from relevant publications.

Identify the Genre
eg an action film will nearly always have images of guns/weapons, a Romance will always have the 2 lovers in very close physical proximity... etc...

Character Poster – this one features the main character. Remember that the posters could be a combination of two types.

Images of the key settings and the main characters. What is the title of the film? What can you say about the way in which the title graphics have been written? Who is starring in the film? Where are the stars’ names placed on the poster? Why? Describe the key images on your poster. Why have they been chosen? Write about the images used - stars, setting, colours, symbols, (mise-en-scene). What do they suggest/signify? What other pictures can you see? What is their purpose? What are the most important colours on your poster? Why do you think these were chosen? What do you think the film will be about? Who is the target audience?

Narrative:What clues are there to the narrative? What can you tell about the genre of the film and the types of characters from their facial expression, body language, stance, appearance and position on the poster? What makes you say this? What impression do you get of the character/personalities from their expression, clothes, props. Is there an enigma being presented? Is the poster composed of a series of images (montage, lack of perspective) Is the key image a still from the film?

Colours:What colours are used in the poster? Are they relevant to the genre e.g. horror posters generally use dark strong colours especially black and red to represent death and evil. Romance films tend to employ lighter pastel and warm colours such as pinks, purples and other warm shades. Are the colours on your poster important? Why? What clues do they give about the genre, and how do they attract the target audience?

• Layout: analyse how the images are laid out. Are they are blended in without any concern for real perspective or size relationships between people and setting? Why do you think they are laid out like that? Do you know what the plot, genre and/or theme of the film is? If so, how? Most posters are portrait or landscape in shape. What shape is yours? Describe and discuss the title, font, typeface and graphics on the poster. What style are they in and where are they positioned etc? has the poster been painted and printed or produced using DTP ( mention how improvements in technology have changed production values).

• Written Text: scan the poster's written text. What does film's title and its font look like and what does this connote? Is there a catch or tagline? What does it tell us about the action, genre and attitude within the film? Who do you think is the target audience for the film? How has the poster been made attractive to these people? Discuss the billing/credit block. What information does it include about credits and information? Do we get information about who is in the cast, who directed the film, which company distributes it and promotes it etc? Where is the certificate? What does it indicate about the target audience and the content of the film? Does the poster list a website? If not, why not?

• Finally, what is the USP (the unique selling point) in each poster?What makes it different from other films? The plot, stars, themes, setting or characters?

Analysing Film Posters »

Jassy Hothi | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Skills

When analysing any film poster you need to consider the following points:

What Types of Poster Are There?

Identify which type of poster it is.

The Teaser Poster

This poster contains basic information to whet your appetite. It often does not indicate much about the plot, but may have a picture of the stars, and the name of the film.

The Main Poster

This contains information about the production personnel, the stars, and the distributors.

Video/DVD Release Poster

This one...

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers and Film Posters Specimen Paper Mark Scheme »

Rob Miller | Friday December 04, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Film Trailers, Hot Entries, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

Thinking about the Media – Investigating (Film Trailers) and Planning (Film Posters)

  • A01: Recall, select, and communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed
  • A02: Analyse and respond to media texts/topics using media key concepts and appropriate terminology
  • A03: Demonstrate research, planning and presentational skills
  • A04: Construct and evaluate their own products using creative and technical skills
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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Posters Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 16, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Promotion, Hot Entries, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Posters Quiz
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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers and Film Posters Exemplar A* Response »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Film Trailers, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

Candidate Name:
Centre Number:
Candidate Number:

Media Studies

Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

Monday 6th June 2016

Exemplar A* response developed by Edusites Media

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A (40)
Section B (40)
Total (80)

Additional Materials

Audio-visual resource for use with Section A
Optional: coloured pens/pencils and rulers for use with Section B
Spare paper for notes (to be provided by centre)

Instructions to Candidates

General

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers and Film Posters Mock Exam »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Film Trailers, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

Candidate Name:
Centre Number:
Candidate Number:

Media Studies

Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

Monday 6th June 2016

A Specimen Paper developed by Edusites Media

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A (40)
Section B (40)
Total (80)

Additional Materials

Audio-visual resource for use with Section A
Optional: coloured pens/pencils and rulers for use with Section B
Spare paper for notes (to be provided by centre)

Instructions to Candidates

General

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Interactive Film Trailers and Film Posters Resource »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Film, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Trailers, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Distribution, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Media Language, Narrative, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Synergy, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design

This resource is to be used in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam with Exemplar Response and the Film Trailer and Film Poster Quizzes.

Section A Film Trailers

Film Trailers… What are they and why do you think they are important media to study? Have a look at the following trailers from 2014 and write down what the audience appeals are. We’ll deconstruct the first one, Gravity.

Gravity (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXgOaeDfmRQ

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers & Film Posters Workshop »

Rob Miller | Friday July 10, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Consultancy and Workshops, Edusites Media Student & Teacher Workshops, Film, Film Trailers, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Audience, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Posters, Film Poster Analysis

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on Film Trailers and Film Posters dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • All key examination areas and potential areas of questioning will be covered including practical activities – use your chance to significantly raise attainment.
  • The day can be split evenly between 3 hours Investigating Film...
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Sean Connery Bond Film Poster Analysis »

Jassy Hothi | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: Posters, Film Poster Analysis

Click on the link below to download an annotated version of this film poster.

  • From Russia With Love Annotated Poster.doc



Daniel Craig Bond Film Poster Analysis »

Richard Gent | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: Posters, Film Poster Analysis

Click on the link below to download an annotated version of this film poster.

  • Casino Royale Annotated Poster.doc



2012-2014 OCR A2 Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Friday December 09, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, New Media, We Media, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Production Zone

G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media

G325 Critical Perspectives in Media

Critical Perspectives = Contemporary Media Regulation ~ Media and Collective Identity (30 Week Scheme of Work)

Overview

  • OCR A Level Media Studies Overview

Scheme

  • OCR A2 Media Studies SOW 2012-2014.doc
  • OCR A2 Media Studies Documentary Coursework

Concepts

  • Regulation within the Media Industry
  • Researching Film Magazines and Film Posters
  • Skills Development - Planning and Production
  • Evaluating and Linking...
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WJEC Textual Analysis Writing Frame Science Fiction Film Trailers »

Jassy Hothi | Saturday January 23, 2010

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Science Fiction, Other Topics, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Skills

Film Poster Writing Frame Sci-fi Trailers.doc

 




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