As soon as I learned what motion graphics were and their function in title sequences, I thought of the introduction to the television series on FX called Nip/Tuck. The title sequence is extremely symbolic and representative of the content and nuances of the show.

To begin, for those who are completely unfamiliar with the show, it is basically about these two male plastic surgeons who own a practice together. The title sequence is mostly computer animated, which illustrates the artificial nature of plastic surgery. Over the course of the title sequence, there are boxes of mannequins that are all exactly the same. They are skinny, tall, and all the same color, but they are lifeless, which symbolizes the type of people who keep these plastic surgeons in business with their breast enhancements, face lifts, and rhinoplasties (nose jobs). There are only two parts when actual/live women are shown, and that is to remind the viewer that looks can be deceiving and that a “beautiful/perfect” woman can really just be the work of a good plastic surgeon.

Furthermore, the style of the title sequence, with the use of few colors, the dotted red line, and the symmetry, play to the style of sets of the show. It is difficult to explain, but the show is set in a modern-chic world in Miami, but it is made cold by the lack of homely touches, which symbolizes the marriage of one of the protagonists.

Overall, the title sequence and the show play up the theme of the artificiality of beauty.

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Movie Poster Review

October 16, 2009

“The Men Who Stare At Goats” is a comedic movie that is going to be released naionwide in November. This poster effectively uses several techniques to be both visually pleasing and to inform the viewer about the movie.

The focal point is clearly the line of faces leading to the goat on the end. The creator of the poster specifically designed the alignment of their faces and the color alteration to tie in with the title of the movie and to grab attention. The flow of the poster makes it easy to “read” the line of men and the title. The eye in the background is also very captivating, and the function of a movie poster to to generate as much attention as possible.

The simple color scheme makes it easier to look around and enjoy all of the visuals of the poster without feeling too overwhelmed. This is necessary because the message of the poster is about the movie, and if people are too distracted by photos, they would not notice the title or  the list of celebrities, all of which are essential to getting people to go to the movie.

Furthermore, the presence of the goat in the line of men (both in the list of names and row of faces) and the subtitle make it evident that this movie is a comedy. Also, the casual sloppiness of the font helps to inform the viewer that it is a light-hearted movie.

Lastly, the design of the poster and implication of comedy makes the viewer interested in finding out more about this strange sounding movie because they have been successully stimulated visually.

Issue Poster Design

October 16, 2009

The poster is intended to raise awareness for the sensitive and prevalent issue of anorexia nervosa among teenagers. I tried to use juxtapositions between the text, images, and organization/flow of the poster to reveal the chaotic and disruptive nature of this disorder to a person’s life.

Poster design by Lauren Eilola, images and texts from sources listed in blog post

Poster design by Lauren Eilola, images and texts from sources listed in blog post

Sources:

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/teenagers_with_eating_disorders

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/754302

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/754303

By David Hume Kennerly

By David Hume Kennerly

David Hume Kennerly is an extremely influential political photographer who has had quite a career, to say the least.
At the age of 25, Kennerly won a Pulitzer Prize for his collection of photography from the Vietnam War. He has since photographed eight wars and has been a contributing photographer for TIME, LIFE, and Newsweek magazines.

Additionally, Kennerly was Official White House Photographer for the Ford Administration and recently published his work from his time in the White House in his book called “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.”

Kennerly’s unique perspective is what has allowed him to have such a successful career. As evident in the photographs included in this blog post, he can capture a simple event or action, but reveal so much more about the subject through techniques such as lighting or point of view.

By David Hume Kennerly

For example, the photograph with the young solider on the armored personnel carrier is very complex. The solider is obviously a young man, but the way his hair blocks his face and his head is down makes him look like a little boy who is upset. This is gripping because it reminds the audience that ordinary young men were over in a foreign land with dangerous weapons and were responsible for defending the United States. Another interesting aspect of this photograph is the large crucifix the young solider is wearing. The juxtaposition of religion and a huge weapon are made more powerful through the posture of the young solider.

By David Hume Kennerly

On his portfolio of the Vietnam War, Kennerly said, “I wanted to show the periphery of war and to depict the people who lived there… They all lived in a place where peace was only a distant rumor.”

David Hume Kennerly is still an active photographer and political photographer and continues to take powerful and influential photographs.

By David Hume Kennerly

By David Hume Kennerly

All photographs on this post by David Hume Kennerly.

Photographs and information from: http://blog.gettyimages.com/category/news/

http://www.sacbee.com/art/story/1676514.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/indelible-ford-200806.html

http://www.pictureline.com/newsletter/article.php?id=797

http://www.kennerly.com/editorial/gallery.php?page=143

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/12/kennerly_slideshow200712#slide=16

http://www.cah.utexas.edu/photojournalism/detail.php?nickname=kennerly&picid=1