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Kristan Jan Q. Franco is rooted from General Santos City, and is a 20-year old student of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. With the course Information Technology, he is into web designing, graphic designs, ads, and photography. Having been introduced into digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop and CSS coding, he began designing variety of graphics in his high school days. When he stepped into college, his interests expanded. With a cheap digicam and a Single Lens Reflex camera, he was engaged into photography and sees it as a hobby. Read more about KFranco »

Concept for Suspense/Thriller Movie Poster

Posted by Kristan Saturday, February 5, 2011

4 months ago, our school's (NDDU) held its 4th MassCom Short Film Festival. This annual event showcases  short films originally made by NDDU's Mass Communication students.

I happened to have a MassCom friend and I was given the chance to design and conceptualize their film, AL LILAW. Without hesitation, I took the request and design them a poster that would match the films scheme.
AL LILAW is a thriller film which the story mainly revolves around 5 characters haunted by a psychotic killer in a dark isolated island.

So what I did during the development was to review different suspense movie posters and conceptualized a unique idea from them. The movie posters from Sorority Row and Nightmare on Elm Street helped me build up the proper concept of the short film.

I just applied the basic approach to the poster - the killer on top of the victims. By enlarging it, the emphasis on the "killer" is greater. It would really catch the attention of the ones who view the poster. Font style is also important. You wouldn't try Comic Sans in a thriller movie poster, do you? I searched for free horror fonts and came up with those. Textures are also important. It gives a crispy detail on how a thriller movie poster would look like.


So that's it.

Just in case you would like to learn some basic tips on how to create suspenseful movie posters, just check my blog post HERE, this would be of a great help.


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