Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Our Town Poster Designs

A couple of mockups (still in the semi-early design phase) for the Theatre Arts Department Our Town Production Poster. If you're unfamiliar with the show, Our Town, is a show that flaunts the idea of "needing" a set. Our production will have a couple of fragments of pieces that might represent locale or a time, but that's about it. It's a two tables and a couple of chairs... and a highly decorative trellis for those "who need it." The actors mime the rest, and leave it to your imagination to fill in the blanks.

The idea behind the poster is to represent these production ideals - a fragmented representation of reality and/or the fictional illusionistic set that you don't actually need or have.

The first one will eventually have the actors photoshopped in black and white in place of the policeman and the runaway boy in the Rockwell painting. The idea here is to show the stage as it will be: blank... but to show the world that these characters are operating in. You begin to get a sense of this town, but it's not actually there.

The second one highlights an iconic scene from the show (that is also pictured in the first) of the soda shop. It plays with the tension of black and white vs. color... the idea of what's there and what isn't... as well as the symbolism associated with the color.

The third is a darker look at the fragmented pieces. There are bits of reality and the illusionistic stage pieces that the actors would mime - a mixture of fiction and reality. This is the one that I believe is farthest from done, as the layout is a bit off and I am still intending to put more images in the lower left area.

But for now... here are the poster mockups!

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