Sunday, February 14, 2016

Movie Posters as Visual Haiku

An effective movie poster is like an effective newspaper headline: It encapsulates in one image what a headline does in a few words. An artistic movie poster does this, but is visual haiku that poetically distills the essence of the film as well as its content.

Movie Posters as Visual Haiku

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An effective movie poster is like an effective newspaper headline: It encapsulates in one image what a headline does in a few words. An artistic movie poster does this, but is visual haiku that poetically distills the essence of the film as well as its content.

The site worth1000.com (as in one picture is worth a 1000 words) ran a contest -- now closed -- for best movie poster mashups (hat tip, slash film). Pictured is my favorite, a composite of two Oscar nominees.

Which movie poster of this (or any year) do you think most poetically conveys its subject? Why? Send images (under 80 kb, please) if you can.

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